The California Coast


— 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.

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Summer in Winter

Marcia Burtt, Mendocino Overlook, acrylic, 20×30 in.

January 27 through March 12, 2017

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents “Summer in Winter,” a group exhibition of paintings celebrating sunny days to brighten our winter months. Continue reading

Holiday 2016

November 25, 2016, through January 22, 2017

Reception
Saturday, December 3, 4-6 p.m.
Meet the artists, celebrate the holidays, and eat cake.

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Meg Torbert, Oleander Blues, acrylic, 36″x48″

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents a group show celebrating a year of beautiful contemporary landscapes, plus three newly available paintings by Meg Torbert. Continue reading

Backcountry

Robert Abbott, "Divide Peak," oil, 48x36

October 7 through November 20, 2016

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents Backcountry, an exhibition of paintings exploring the mountains, trails, chaparral, and forests that lead us out of our everyday lives.

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On Paper

Sara Woodburn, Channel Islands, woodcut, 18x24 in.

Sara Woodburn, Channel Islands, woodcut, 18×24 in.

Aug 26 through October 2, 2016
Reception, August 26, 5-7pm

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents On Paper, an exhibition of diverse responses to the landscape on paper. Continue reading

Coast

Erling Sjovold, Gibraltar Rock, oil, 18x14 in.

Erling Sjovold, Gibraltar Rock, oil, 18×14 in.

July 15 through August 21, 2016

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.

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On an Overgrown Path

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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.

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Peggi Kroll Roberts and Ray Roberts

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Peggi Kroll Roberts, Sun and Sea, gouache, 7×7 in.

March 25 through May 22, 2016

Reception: Saturday, March 26, 5:00-7:00

Join us at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, March 26, for a gallery-hosted paintout on Butterfly Beach below Channel Drive in Montecito.
Find us set up below the western steps closest to the cliffs.

See you there!

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents Peggi Kroll Roberts and Ray Roberts, award-winning painters who tell the story of California through landscape. Continue reading

Dawn/Dusk

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Marcia Burtt, “Dusk, Goleta Slough,” acrylic, 34×54 in.

January 22 through March 20, 2016

Marcia Burtt Gallery presents “Dawn/Dusk,” paintings inspired by the sometimes dramatic, sometimes subtle light that begins and ends the day. Continue reading

Holiday Exhibition

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Michael Ferguson, Ghost Orchard, acrylic, 25×33 in.

December 4 through January 17, 2016

Reception
Friday, December 4, 5-7pm
Meet the artists, celebrate the holidays, and eat cookies.

Marcia Burtt Gallery is pleased to present a group show celebrating a year of phenomenal contemporary landscapes. Continue reading

Approaching Abstraction

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Marilee Krause, Bird Refuge, w/c and pastel, 22×19 in.

October 23 through November 29, 2015

Accompanying Susan Petty’s solo exhibition is “Approaching Abstraction,” a group show featuring works that focus on abstract visual elements rather than representation.

Wanderlust

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Marcia Burtt, “Edge of the Forest,” acrylic, 10×18 in.

June 26 through August 23, 2015
extended until August 30, 2015.

Marcia Burtt Studio presents “Wanderlust,” an exhibition expanding both literal and artistic boundaries. Continue reading

Forest for the trees

Susan Petty, Creekside Sycamore, graphite, 22.5x30 in.

Susan Petty, Creekside Sycamore, graphite, 22.5×30 in.

May 1 through June 14, 2015

Marcia Burtt Studio presents “Forest for the Trees,” an exhibition celebrating the beauty and poetry of trees in contemporary landscape paintings by gallery artists. Continue reading

Variations

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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

Mark Kerckhoff

Join us for a gallery hosted paint-out the morning of January 17
@ Butterfly Beach, 9am to 12pm. Check this page for updates or cancellation.

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a celebration of plein air painting

January 17 through March 1, 2015
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Priscilla Bender-Shore

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Retrospective exhibition

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

Michael Ferguson & Marcia Burtt

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Michael Ferguson, Flat Wave Set, acrylic, 30×32 in.

on exhibit uptown
Arlington Plaza

Compare and contrast Marcia Burtt’s and Michael Ferguson’s approaches to painting the landscape in a two-person exhibition at our uptown location opening First Thursday, May 1, with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00. Continue reading

On Reflection

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Marcia Burtt, Magpies in the Puddle, acrylic, 10×18 in.

March 21 through May 11

Marcia Burtt Studio downtown presents “On Reflection” —  water in all its forms: wetlands, creeks, waterfalls, sloughs, swamps, puddles, canals, still waters, waves, breakers, coastlines, reflections, foam, spindrift, virgas, rain clouds, mist, droplets. Continue reading

Krause/Roberts

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Marilee Krause, “Reach,” w/c and pastel, 11.5×11.5 in.

Marcia Burtt Studio downtown
Laguna Street
January 17 through March 9

Artists’ Reception, 4 to 6 pm, Saturday, Feb 1

Marcia Burtt Studio downtown presents two solo exhibitions that embody contrasting approaches to contemporary landscape painting. Continue reading

The Contemporary Landscape

UPTOWN
@ Santa Barbara Frame Shop

Paintings range from tightly focused realism to the near-abstract, from carefully rendered to gestural and painterly, from contemplative to bold and energetic, from focused to expansive. This variety allows the viewer to celebrate our grand vistas or to see the beauty in neglected spaces.
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Approaching Abstraction

July 26 – September 1, 2013

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Susan Petty, “Water Circus,” oil, 5×6 ft.

Marcia Burtt Studio presents “Approaching Abstraction,” a group exhibition featuring landscapes that diverge from realism and emphasize color, shape, texture, and line. Featured artists include Susan Petty, Michael Ferguson, Marilee Krause, Patricia Doyle, Robert Abbott, Anne Ward, and Bill Dewey.Highlighting the exhibition are Susan Petty’s drawings and paintings of waves and eddies. Inspired by Bill Dewey’s photographs, Petty extracts lines and droplets, flattening space. She adds color and painterly brush marks to reveal influences of abstract expressionism,  pop art, and Japanese woodblock prints.
These paintings constitute a larger metaphor about the influence of art on an artist’s work. Continue reading