Great art picks up where nature ends. --Marc Chagall
Santa Barbara, CA - The Atkinson Gallery ANNEX at Santa Barbara City College is pleased to announce its first exhibit of the year. A student curated, exhibition of student work, Garden Observations responds to the plant life found on the SBCC campus. The exhibit, which will be held in the Environmental Horticulture Department’s greenhouse in the garden on East Campus, will open with a reception on Tuesday 29th November 2016, 5pm-7pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
Emily Corb and Cristina Marquez, the Atkinson Gallery interns who curated the exhibition, sought to merge nature and art to facilitate a stronger bond between the SBCC community and their natural habitat. In addition, they were greatly inspired by Los Angeles artist Devon Tsuno’s current Atkinson Gallery exhibition, Los Angeles River: Urban Reclamation, which explores similar issues regarding the human relationship to the natural world.
Featured artists include Anjanette Aguilar, Anthony Benedict-Smith, Nancy Bingham, Deborah Bradbury, Emily Corb, Blake Jensen, Kathryn Lubahn, Melissa Mathieson, Alejandro Martinez, Lauren Nishioku, Carmen Reid, Sarah Starks, Elin Thomson, Deandra Ulloa, Luis Velazquez, and Vani Alana Winick. Their work, in all media ranging from ceramics to oil painting, celebrates the beauty of the garden and raises concerns about environmental degradation.
The exhibition will be on view during the last week of classes, Tuesday, November 29 to Friday, December 2, 2016. With its partners, the Atkinson Gallery ANNEX is also please to offer a series of public programs throughout the exhibition period. From Tuesday through Friday, the Environmental Horticulture Department will host Native Seed Planting workshops from 10am-12pm daily. On Tuesday and Thursday, the Wellness Connection will offer Yoga classes at 12pm and Meditation classes at 1pm. The greenhouse will also be open for addition exhibit viewing Wednesday through Friday from 12pm-4pm. All programs are free and open to the public.
The exhibition and related programs are made possible with generous support from the SBCC Foundation.