All exhibitions are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.
W. Dibblee Hoyt: Far Reaches
Monday, June 3 - Friday, September 20, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: FIRST THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013, 5 - 8 pm at Channing Peake Gallery,1st floor, Santa Barbara County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu Street at Anacapa Street
Exhibition then travels to the Betteravia Gallery in October, 2013
Recently the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission conducted an on-line search for past students of photojournalist Dibblee Hoyt culminating in a juried photographic exhibition, W. Dibblee Hoyt: Far Reaches. The Arts Commission will present the exhibition of photographs of mentor/teacher, Dibblee Hoyt and selected students: Sherri Chavez, Phyllis Daniels, Cathy Gregg, Debbie Fuller, Raymond Lopez, Sandy Peterson and Lynda Schiff.
For many years, Dibblee Hoyt taught at Allan Hancock College and at classes throughout the North County. This exhibition celebrates the far reaches of his teaching and the many students whose work was inspired by his dedication and love of his craft.
The juror, Brett Leigh-Dicks, is an Australian-born American photographer who is based in the United States, in addition to being the curator of various touring photographic exhibitions in Australia and the US. He also contributes editorially to numerous publications and journals on all matters artistic and creative.
W. Dibblee Hoyt is a Santa Barbara native and received his first camera from his father at age six. In high school his father gave him a small Argus and a light meter. He asked Dibblee to track his exposures and would review each exposure and point out what he was doing right or wrong. As Dibblee said, “This for me, began a long love affair with capturing images. I learned to develop and print my images in a bomb shelter darkroom in high school and while in college studied journalism and graphics.”
Hoyt worked as a photojournalist and writer for several publications and traveled to many countries including Russia, Eastern Europe, Mexico and Central America. In 2002, Hoyt began teaching photography at Allan Hancock, and in 2005 was the recipient of the Part-time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He is one of the founding members of the Santa Ynez Camera Club and also the Lompoc Photographers Guild of which the majority of its members are his former students. Through his teaching he has inspired and mentored many of his students to pursue professional careers in photography.
Many years ago, W.Dibblee Hoyt moved back to an old farm house on the Rancho San Julian where he remembered all the sights, sounds and smells of his ranching childhood. The Rancho San Julian was first established in 1817 as a source for meat, tallow, leather, and horses for the soldiers of the King of Spain at the Presidio in Santa Barbara. In lieu of back wages, Captain José de la Guerra, received Rancho San Julian and the Ranch passed along through the matrilineal line when the Dibblee brothers purchased the Rancho San Julian, and Thomas Bloodgood Dibblee married Francisca de la Guerra. When the Dibblee brothers both died in 1895, Thomas’ descendants retained the San Julian. The Ranch has been in the family for over 200 years. “I can say without exception, we dearly love and value this land, its significance in our local history, and the fact that so many who come before us, have left their mark here,” wrote Hoyt.
The photographs of W. Dibblee Hoyt and his past students are committed to capturing both the colorful ranch life and the incomparable beauty of the landscape around them. These former students have looked through Dibblee’s eyes and learned, fired with his passion for photography, and have honored the legacy of this mentor and teacher who has taught them how to see and who has left his own indelible mark on the land.
FIGURE FRAGMENTS: The Part as the Whole
July 27, 2012 - January 18, 2013 press release evite
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Hidden Treasures of Santa Barbara
January 30, 2012 - January 25, 2013 press release evite
The Audacity of Process: An Exploration in Diverse Practices
November 21 – Feb. 10, 2012 press release
The Audacity of Process: An Exploration in Diverse Practices
John Hood, Curator
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents, The Audacity of Process: An Exploration in Diverse Practices, an exhibition of regional artists curated by John Hood, Professor of Art, Allan Hancock College, and Arts Commissioner from the 5th District, from November 21 through February 10 at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria. The opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 9th from 4-6pm.
The Audacity of Process, is an exhibition exploring and revealing the variety of process modalities in the work of Peg Grady, Carey Reimer, Amanda Hoopingarner, Larry Delinger, Bob Burridge, Autumn Jennings, Dave Passage and Karen Carson. This local talent converges in an exhibition that varies greatly in style and subject matter.
Curator John Hood said, “I’ve brought these artists together to highlight the rich diversity of something often overlooked, process. Each artist brings with them a unique set of approaches, which as a teacher, both intrigues and inspires my own work. I have asked each to share their experiences of the art-making process. Most artists don’t necessarily offer up these behind-the-scene scenarios for a variety of reasons. I am reminded of how the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th Century often locked their studio doors to keep Picasso away. The fear was that he would learn of their process and take it to his studio and proceed to do it better than they ever could have imagined. These eight exhibiting artists demonstrate a bold and adventurous sequence of events which are captured and finalized in their current works. I hope observers will take the time to investigate and appreciate what it takes to create visual art.”
Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection
August 29, 2011 - Jan 21, 2012 press release
Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection Exhibition
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents an exhibition, Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection, August 29, 2011 - Jan 21, 2012, and the reception will be held 1st Thursday, September 1, 2011, 5-8pm at the Channing Peake Gallery in the County Administration Building. The exhibition, drawn from The Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, in memory of Gail Berkus, takes on a new twist, with community curators selecting one work each from the collection. Art appreciators from diverse careers and backgrounds chose a work that resonated with them and each one posts their reasons for their choice.
The “Few” in the title refers to the small selection of works by the curators, and the “Many” refers to the diversity of careers of those who were invited to choose a work from the Berkus Collection: accountant, educator, librarian, chef, museum guard, prosecutor, entrepreneur, hairstylist, veterinarian and horticulturist are among the many careers of the guest curators. Rita Ferri, the Curator of Collections for the County of Santa Barbara and organizer of this exhibition said, “I hope that viewers to the exhibition come away with the realization that liking and choosing art is not an activity limited to a few special people; that each of us makes choices each day; we all respond to different colors, images, and mediums. Many do this without a background in art history or curating. They have taught themselves over a lifetime to look at art critically and to appreciate it.”
Barry Berkus, noted Santa Barbara architect, art collector, and philanthropist, donated a large number of regional artworks from his collection to the County of Santa Barbara in 2006, through the County Arts Commission. All of the works given are by artists who live, or lived for an extended period, in the Santa Barbara area. This gift, The Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, represents over 70 art works and spans 25 years of collecting work by area artists.
Mr. Berkus and his late wife, Gail, were recognized by Art News magazine as among the top 200 art collectors in the world. Their modern and contemporary collection was noted for its diversity and for large-scale artworks by such well known artists as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Nancy Graves, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Diebenkorn and Ed Ruscha. While recognized for their collection of internationally and nationally known artists’ artworks, the Berkus’ were also keenly interested in and supportive of Santa Barbara area artists. They bought work from the artists’ studios, galleries, and auctions. Berkus remains committed to art of the region as he continues to collect work of regional artists with his wife Jo Berkus.
A color catalog with essay by Josef Woodard and designed by The Lily Guild Temple of Design is available from the County Arts Commission at www.sbartscommission.org or 5683990.
She Told Them My House Is Not For Sale,
Erasing the Past: Building the Future
September 19, 2011 – November 11, 2011 press release
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the California Council for the Humanities California Initiative present Erasing the Past: Building the Future, a photojournalism exhibit by local artist Janet Allenspach.
“If I can just take them (the tattoos) off, like a vest, I can throw that part of my life away.” This quote is from a former gang member who is featured in the exhibition. The show depicts the lives and challenges of people from our area and their struggles to re-enter their communities by becoming clean and sober, breaking the barriers of abuse and incarceration, and removing gang-related tattoos. Their stories will be available in English and Spanish.
This emotional exhibit gives the viewer an idea of where the participants have come from and why they are here now; best summed up by one of their statements, “What I did is not who I am.”
The 40 photographs and interviews are of clients who participate in the SLO Liberty Tattoo Removal Program, a subsidiary of San Luis Obispo’s Community Action Partnership’s Health Services. Over 30% of the program’s clients are from Santa Barbara County, and some have attended Hancock College. This glimpse into their lives shows the strength necessary to break generational chains of abuse, incarceration and gang activity. Some are parents who came to realize they don’t want their children to follow in their footsteps, and want instead to be better role models for their children and to be accepted by their neighbors. One who graduated from Hancock said, “The mistakes I’ve made, the harm I’ve done to people...I will do anything to help my sons not go down that path.”
The exhibit is an impressive and thought- provoking experience about people changing their lives, through a process that is said to be many times more painful than getting a tattoo. Participants also commit to active community service related to the program. This powerful project shares a vulnerable population’s unheard stories, and a local program’s influences, while providing a glimpse into the challenges, struggles and successes of brave people who live elbow to elbow with us. One of the women portrayed in the show said, “When you get clear, and you get clean, everything is clear around you. The flowers have color, you can see that the mountain is beautiful, and the small things in life become important to you again.” To learn more about the Liberty Tattoo Removal Program, contact Janet Allenspach, 544-2484.
The exhibit opens on Monday, September 19, 2011at the Betteravia Gallery in the Betteravia Government Building at 511 Lakeside in Santa Maria. The Gallery Hours are 8-5pm and the exhibit is free to the public.
Channing Peake: Mural Studies
January 24, 2011 – January 20, 2012 press release
In January 2011, The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, with the City of Santa Barbara at the City Hall Gallery, recognizes Channing Peake’s impressive art history legacy, and presents the exhibition Channing Peake: Mural Studies. The work in this exhibition will be seen at City Hall in conjunction with the unveiling of the restored Peake Fiesta Mural at the new Santa Barbara Airport in April 2011. The exhibition opens on January 24 and continues until January 20, 2012. The 1st Thursday reception will take place on February 3, 2011 from 5-7pm. At 6pm, Mayor Helene Schneider, and Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director will say a few words.
In storage more than a decade after it was removed from the section of the downtown El Paseo Restaurant (that is now the Wine Cask), the Fiesta mural will again find its rightful place in the hearts and minds of Santa Barbarans, as well as welcome tourists at the gateway to our beautiful city. Peake worked on several murals around our city and beyond. First apprenticed to artist Diego Rivera, he worked on murals at the National Palace in Mexico City and in New York City on mural commissions for two major WPA projects. He went on to execute other important murals, often assisting artist Rico Lebrun at New York City’s Pennsylvania Station in the late’30s. In Santa Barbara, he painted the Don Quixote Mural with Howard Warshaw, now inside the Santa Barbara Library, a mural for the Santa Barbara Biltmore in 1978-79 (that was removed), and the last mural for the El Paseo Restaurant from 1984-85.
Mural studies have always been a rich source for discerning an artist’s process, and documenting their seminal thoughts through the many stages of a mural’s evolution. The trail of Peake’s journey from the beginning stages, with mural studies, is confirmed through this rich source of intention and creativity. Many of these studies are from Santa Barbara area collectors and family. This exhibition documents and honors the historic and artistic significance of these studies; and of Channing Peake as an artist of note in our community.
This exhibition was organized by Rita Ferri, Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator of Collections for the SB County Arts Commission, with assistance from Cheri Peake, 4th District Arts Commissioner and widow of the artist.
Funding support for this Channing Peake: Mural Studies exhibition has been generously provided by Dr. and Mrs. John Holaday, Joanne Holderman, Carlos and Leslie Lopez, Bruce Taylor, and Seyburn Zorthian.