Gardens and cut fruit and flowers inhabit Anne Ward’s suburban tableaux. Tablecloths and sunflowers replace fields and trees; staged decorative motifs echo and mirror bigger landscapes.
Decorative themes weave through the lush botanical paintings of Michael Ferguson and Randall David Tipton. Isolating the floral from the larger world allows for focusing on line, shape, and color of stems and leaves. Meg Torbert abstracts floral elements in her still life interpetation.
Contrasting planned suburban topography with untamed nature, Marcia Burtt’s and Patricia Doyle’s energetic big brush marks and bold colored gardens suggest the limit to which nature can be controlled.
Stepping simultaneously farther out and closer in, portraits of our communities are offered by Erling Sjovold, Robert Abbott, Susan Petty, and Marilee Krause. Nature peaks through the stage-front buildings in Krause’s and Petty’s works on paper. Sjovold’s and Abbott’s towns and houses are dominated by our local mountains.
From close up to the bigger picture, all these works are not simply illustrations of our homes and neighborhoods, but evince planning and choices made by the artists who created these designed landscapes.
— Marcia Burtt, “Carmel Coast,” acrylic, 10×18 in.
May 19 through July 16, 2017
“The California Coast,” features twenty plein-air paintings by Marcia Burtt that document the state’s western edge from Mendocino to San Diego.
This panoramic display is a unique opportunity to view the changes in topography from north to south on one wall. Coastlines facing west interspersed with our local south-facing coast offer views left, right, and out to sea from rocks, sand, eroding bluffs, sloughs, and beach towns. Changing weather, tides, and time of day transform light and color on sea and land.
Burtt’s loose, big-brush realism nails a specific time and place without too much detail, allowing viewers to bring their own experience to complete the paintings.
Michael Ferguson, “Rock vs Heather” 36 x36 in. acrylic on canvas, 1988. Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 1988.013
Look for Michael Ferguson’s painting in the Frye Museum’s exhibition:
Between the Frames: The Frye Art Museum Collection After 1952
APRIL 29 – JULY 23, 2017
Between the Frames explores the evolution of the Frye Art Museum’s collection, presenting sixty-five years of acquisitions in chronological sequence. The exhibition charts the Museum’s transformation from a personal selection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century art, cultivated by First Hill residents Charles and Emma Frye, to a museum of the twenty-first century dedicated to regional and international creative practice in its myriad forms. Situated between founding legacy and future vision, Between the Frames considers the ways institutions shape and are shaped by their collections.
Thanks to all of the participants in our two Anne Ward iPad workshops. It was a great introduction to using an iPad to do drawings and paintings using the Procreate app. Special thanks to Martin Shinn for taking these pictures. The rose is an sample of the work he did during the class. Impressive and inspiring.
iPad Workshop with Anne Ward
9:00 to 1:00
Saturday, October 1 – FULL
new Sunday, October 2, session added
at Marcia Burtt Gallery
517 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara 93101
Full Moon Mustard
Learn to use the ipad as a tool to complement your artistic practice– Take some risks without a lot of clean up!
Anne has been using the ipad to create images for several years.
Recently, she upgraded to the ipad pro and apple pencil and loves using them.
Anne will show you how she has been using an ipad as a sketching tool and digital journal, and how she develops paintings which print out beautifully.
She will show you how she uses the ipad to ‘paint’ every day, even when there are only small snippets of time.
What you’ll need:
An attitude for experimenting.
A photo of something you’ve been wanting to paint or the object/s themselves.
An ipad with a stylus.
The procreate app.
Marcia Burtt Gallery presents “Coast,” an exhibition of paintings inspired by the edge of a continent: a landscape in flux.We are promised calm respite in paintings by Ian Roberts, Erling Sjovold, Anne Ward, and Marilyn Turtz. They present the ocean as a shape that draws us in but leaves details to our imagination.
Randall David Tipton, Rainforest Autumn 2, oil 20×16 in.
May 27 through July 24, 2016
Marcia Burtt Gallery presents “On an Overgrown Path,” an exhibition of paintings woven from and ornamented by organic forms, twisting lines, and patterned surfaces that construct baroque visions of our natural world.
Marilee Krause, Tidal Pools Series, w/c and pastel.
March 13 through April 26, 2015
Marcia Burtt Studio presents “Variations,” a group exhibition featuring gallery artists.
Each is represented by several works related by motif, place, or style. Variations in color, composition, or form are enhanced by the comparison, revealing the artists’ obsessions as well as their creative process. Continue reading →
October 11 thru November 23, 2014
Reception, Saturday, October 25
3–5, valet parking
Priscilla Bender-Shore has been a major force in figurative art since the late 1960s. This exhibition, drawn from her own collection, represents directions she pursued over the course of four decades. Continue reading →