Now in its eleventh year, the Ag Art Alliance’s popular pastoral art show, Art About Agriculture, premieres at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The group show features dozens of artworks by artists from across the country who have portrayed the beauty and bounty of agriculture in scenes ranging from fields, farm workers, and farmers markets to animals, barns, and back road vistas.
Opening alongside The 11th Annual Art About Agriculture will be From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach. Inspired by the abstracted landscapes left in the wake of the Thomas Fire, Ventura artist Luther Gerlach has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs that both document the destruction and explore the mysterious beauty it rendered. Using an 8x10 wooden view camera, Gerlach's enlarged prints create a unique, immersive experience of the spectacular aftermath.
The price of admission to the premiere party is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members and includes access to both exhibitions. From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach runs through December 30, 2018. The 11th Annual Art About Agriculture runs through February 24, 2019.
About the Museum:
The Santa Paula Art Museum features rotating exhibitions of regional art, educational programming for children and adults, artist talks and demonstrations, musical performances, a gift shop, and more. The Museum's permanent collection includes over 200 historical and contemporary works of art. The Santa Paula Art Museum is also in part the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula civic art collection. This extraordinary assemblage is composed of nearly 300 award-winning entries from the annual Santa Paula Art Show begun in 1937. The Museum is housed within the historic Limoneira Building. Built in 1924, the classic two-story structure was designed by the famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr. to accommodate the offices of the Limoneira Company. The architectural details of the exterior of the building hint at the interior's handsome wood paneling, soaring windows, and stunning atrium. Through a lease agreement with the Limoneira Company, their former headquarters was renovated and reopened as the Santa Paula Art Museum in 2010. The slideshow and video below reveal the remarkable story of how the local landmark was transformed from a 20th century office space to a 21st century art museum.