Exhibition: December 21, 2013 - March 30, 2014 (Extended through April 17)
Reception: February 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Riverside Legacy: California Plein Air Paintings Past and Present exhibit is comprised of a select grouping of Plein Air paintings and drawings from the Riverside Art Museum’s permanent collection. Featuring works completed by artists as early as the 1930s, this exhibition refers back to the history of Riverside and its local environs as this outdoor movement spread throughout the state of California in the late nineteenth century. A choice selection of contemporary Plein Air artwork by RAM's Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR) group will also be included, proving the steadfast popularity of California Impressionism even today. As we look to both past and present works of the Riverside area, this exhibition celebrates the modern development of Plein Air artists over time, revealing the growth and impact of the Riverside community as a whole.
For more information on PAAR and how you can join them, click here.
Guest curated by Devi Noor.
“Work with what you’ve got,” he said. “My medium of choice is really just working with whatever I have.” Gabe Gonzalez wasn’t intending to be particularly profound. I could tell by his body language and how he seemed genuinely excited to find a way to concisely explain his method.
He has this willingness for experimentation. It’s self-evident in his work. He builds. He contorts. He illustrates. He creates. In a day and age where identifying yourself as an artist can be slightly taboo, Gabe Gonzalez has done just that—acted as an artist—a master of his own eclectic style and the ruler of his own varied methods.
Announcing the Dotphotozine Award For Excellence in Photography
Dotphotozine has established the Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. One photographer will receive a $1,000 cash award and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions of Dotphotozine, to be released in September 2014.
We are seeking a coherent body of work by an ambitious photographer. Work derived from all photographic processes, in any style, digital or analog, including mixed media work that is photo based will be accepted. We are not accepting video, or work with multimedia components. Please do not submit vacation photos, personal snapshots or unrelated individual images. The award is open to all U.S. citizens 21 and over.
“Is he Dead?” which opened at Redlands Footlighters Theatre March 6, is a play by American writer Mark Twain that was discovered in 2002. It is a farce about friendship, love, and financial struggles of an artist, a story influenced by Twain’s own personal experiences. I met with director Carol Damgen for a chat about the unique play, her ambitions as a director and playwright, and theatre in the San Bernardino area.
Passion for art and nature led to the collaboration and creation of a unique organic house nestled between massive rock formations at the edgeof the Joshua Tree National Park. It was home to a creative and artistic couple.
Bev and Jay Doolittle, drawn to Joshua Tree in 1978, instantly fell in love with the area. They bought a little stucco house in the Panorama heights and settled in. At the time, Jay and Bev, both artists, were selling their art in malls and art fairs. They had little money, but they imagined a house built inside the rocks that would give them the feeling of living outside, inside. They had no idea that the house of their dreams would eventually be built.
The San Bernardino County Museum Association has been accented with a new addition. The only introduction Deborah Okogba—the newly inducted Executive Director— needs, is possibly just a secondary affirmation of her qualifications and a precursory notice of her fascinating accomplishments and travels. Without further ado, read on to access her first person accounts that lead up to her coveted position.
Among the features that promise to attract outsiders to San Bernardino County, as well as keep insiders intrigued, is its growing arts community. For instance, the City of Ontario, which since 2006 has boasted of its airport becoming international, and shown other new signs of becoming a noteworthy destination, is strongly committed to supporting arts projects, practitioners, and the overall artistic milieu.
Drawing over 6 million visitors a year, Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s favorite alpine and winter sport resort. It has the largest recreational lake in Southern California and yet with the year round tourism, few people know about Big Bear Lake’s unique local arts community and passionate Arts Council.
The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley has evolved during its 26-year history. When it was first organized in 1988 as Friends of the Performing Arts Center its purpose was to raise funds for the newly completed Performing Arts Center, an impressive venue with great productions to offer the small town of roughly 5,000 residents.
In order to expand their mission to include support for all of the arts, in 1998 The Friends of the Performing Arts Center became the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley (ACBBV for short). Since then they have been the centerforce for advancing the local arts community in Big Bear Valley, donating over $20,000 to the PAC for equipment upgrades, $10,000 in musical instruments to local high schools, establishing art education programs for schools, promoting local youth and talent, and producing relevant events to keep art a strong presence in the alpine town.
I had the pleasure of meeting with the Arts Council Executive Director Gail McCarthy, President Tim Breunig, and Big Bear City Manager Jeff Mathieus, who spoke with me about The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley, the Performing Arts Center, and more.
In response to decades of budget cuts to one of California's most dynamic industries, Sen. Ted Lieu today announced plans to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to levels not seen in more than a decade.
“California is home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in support of the role the 'creative economy' plays in the Golden State. “Artistic services and intellectual capital are essential to the 21st Century economy, which is dynamic, knowledge-based and increasingly global.”
Lieu, chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, announced his plans at the beginning of a Capitol hearing on California's creative economy. This followed the formal release last week of the Otis College of Art and Design's Annual Report on the Creative Economy. Known as the Otis Report, the study assessed the impact and influence the creative sector had on the economy statewide, including a detailed picture of the creative economy in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Among its conclusions: The creative economy supported one in seven jobs in the Southland in 2012, with an estimated impact of $140 billion.
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