The coastal city of Carpenteria is host to the Carpenteria Valley Arts Council. A while back they purchased a small house on a downtown lot and planned to rebuild making it into their Arts Center and Gallery. To help with the costs they have been having art shows. I was lucky enough to get 1 of my pieces juried into the 1st show they had a few months ago. Last Friday I took 2 paintings down for their "Calif" show that is running now ( June 30 - August 4, 2007). This show is a mix of California scenes and I was blown away when both pieces I entered where juried into the show. Too cool!!
The show was juried by Santa Barbara artist Michael Drury. Michael is a Plein Air Landscape painter who studied and painted with legendary California artist Ray Strong . Having 2 paintings juried into the show by Michael Drury is really quite an honor for me. I'm miles behind someone of his talents but the fact that we are painting California scenes that are not the typical tourist scenes really makes me feel I'm on the right track with my own work.
This Friday, July 6th, is the Artist Reception from 5:30 to 7:30. If you're in the area you are more than welcome to come by. It is at 855 Linden Ave, Carpenteria, CA. Their phone number is 805-684-7789.