I hope you can join us for our opening next weekend!
THE OAK GROUP—ICONS OF PRESERVATION
JUNE 29 – AUGUST 25, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY JUNE 29 | 4- 6pm
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Sullivan Goss is pleased to present its second exhibition of Santa Barbara’s storied OAK GROUP. Gallery owner Nathan Vonk is curating the exhibition.
The OAK GROUP was conceived in 1986 by local icon Ray Strong, as well as founding members Michael Drury and Arturo Tello. The OAK GROUP is respected as one of the country’s first groups to use landscape painting as a means to promote conservationist causes. For over thirty years, this dedicated group of artists has been committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching, and/or farming. They record the beauty of these endangered landscapes to educate the public about their beauty and fragility and then donate a substantial portion of the proceeds from sales to groups that buy the land to keep it from being built up. A portion of the proceeds of sales from this exhibition will go to The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota Creek Restoration Project.
12×24″ oil on panel– From this perch on Ortega Hill, you can see three points jutting out to the north. In the foreground Fernald Point encloses Shark Cove, which I’ve heard is named because in the mid 1800’s they used to butcher cattle nearby and then toss the remnants to the sea. Behind that is Hammond’s Point in the mid ground and way back there is Ledbetter Point at the far end of the Santa Barbara Harbor. For a painter, it’s a great lesson in atmospheric perspective, seeing the colors and contrast cool and fade as they fall into the distance.
8×10″ oil on canvas– The water is still flowing beautifully through our local canyons and the salamanders and frogs are going strong despite the wildfires and floods last year. When the weather gets warm most people head to the beach. There is always also a nice breeze and some cool pools up a canyon.
15×30″ oil on linen– So nice to watch the glimmer on the water as the sun rises over our fair seaside town on a morning between the fog cycles… The kids are out for summer and it won’t be long before the last of the June Gloom evaporates and these beaches are full of people playing in the surf.
The pencil is there for scale. The crack in the sidewalk reminded me of what they say– that when you find a fault, you shouldn’t dwell on it. But here we are dwelling in earthquake country and quite happy about it. I had fun backpacking Memorial Day weekend with a fun group, several of whom are geologists and point out really cool things about the shape of the land and the fossils hiding in plain sight. Here are a couple of watercolor and gouache sketches that I snuck in between the rains.
15×30″ oil on linen– This is the view looking at Garrapata State Park from the north… I love the way the sheer landscape meets the blue living ocean. Let’s think good thoughts for all of the whales who are swimming through these waters and heading towards Alaska right now– its been a rough season for the grey whales in California.