some of the Artist of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts
Artists have a wide variety of talent in many different mediums. If
you are interested in any of the works please click on their website
or contact the Santa Paula Society of the Arts directly through our
email or phone.
M. Calkins - Meli's mother was a commercial artist and taught
Meli how to observe what she saw in her world and would interpret
it. Of all the types of media that she has worked with, her first
love has been painting with soft pastels. She loves the brilliance
and intensity of color that pastels are able to display. More of her
work can be viewed on her website: http://www.melicalkins.com
Dickenson - Living on a ranch just outside of Santa Paula she
has dabbled in art through the years but in 2009 began to focus on
watercolor painting. The majority of her work is of local subjects
since Santa Paula is filled with the opportunities of historic structures,
beautiful mountains, landscapes and scenic agriculture. Pencil, pen
and ink are other mediums she enjoys.
A native Californian, Lynda was raised in Banning and Santa Paula.
Her work has been inspired by many artists but in particular the Old
Masters and William Harnett, an early American realist. Lynda has
traveled throughout Europe and has visited many museums to study the
Old Masters' paintings and their techniques. She works with the aid
of an extensive collection of references and thousands of photographs
accumulated over many years. During the thirty years Lynda has pursued
her art she has mastered oils and watercolors and studied with a variety
of acclaimed teachers: Hal Reed, Pauline Ruddock, David Skernick,
Agnes Delgado, Bob King, Sally Miller, Jacqueline Cavish, Connie Jenkins
and Joyce Pike. Gruber's oils - many that reflect her favorite subject
matter: landscapes, still life and children - are held in private
collections, and she has exhibited and won prizes and ribbons in a
variety of shows, including Descanso Gardens, the Santa Paula Annual
Art and Photography Exhibit and the Ventura County Fair. Lynda's art
affiliations include the Santa Paula Society of the Arts, chair-person
of the Santa Paula Annual Art and Photography Exhibit. Her work is
featured at the historic Depot Gallery at 963 E. Santa Barbara St.,
Santa Paula, CA.
Gunderson - Virginia is a third generation Santa Paulan and being
raised on a cattle ranch on South Mountain was impressed with natural
beauty of the of this area. As a child her interest in art was greatly
influenced by her uncle, artist Douglas Shively. Virginia studied
the art of Sumi-e for 18 years. Her uncle encouraged her to submit
entries to the Santa Paula Art Show where one of her Japanese watercolors
was purchased and added to the Santa Paula Memorial Hospitals art
collection. Another garnered a 5th place in the Ventura County Fair
Professional Division. In the early 1990's she actively pursued her
ongoing interest in oil and watercolor painting. Studying with Ventura
artist and teacher Sally Miller and since that time has earned the
title of Signature Member o the California Gold Coast Watercolor Society.
She also has studied under Susan Petty and Jackie Cavish. Virginia
paints in three styles, Japanese Watercolor, Oil and Watercolor. She
was the first charter member of California Gold Coast Watercolor Society,
she has show works in all mediums in the Professional Division of
the Ventura County Fair, BAA Gallery, Santa Paula Annual Art Show,
California Oil Museum, Carneigie Arts Center, Disneyland, Oxnard Buddhist
Temple, the Sumitomo Bank in Oxnard, the Camarillo Art Center, Santa
Paula DMV, Hospice Office,and Santa Clara Valley Bank.
Harvey - Marilyn loved sketching and working with clay as a child.
In high school and college she would sketch in notebooks during lectures.
She took a general arts class, art appreciation and art for children.
In the 1980's her father gave her all his supplies and brushes and
in taking classes her skills improved. In 2006 her husband gave her
a gift of private art lessons. She has studied with Judy Klement and
continued with classes at the Senior Center in Ventura. She has switch
from acrylics to water because of the slower drying time. She also
has been experimenting with water colors. Marilyn's work has been
in several shows in Santa Paula, Maritime Museum, and the Harbor Village
Gallery. She currently serves as President of the Poinsettia Painters
of Ventura County and continues to work in the decorative art field.
Klement - Judy is a Fine Arts winning Artist. Her realistic-Impressionistic
style comes alive in her use of pastels, oil or mixed mediums to captures
people and landscapes in lasting art. Proficient in all mediums, Klement
is a VACE Art Instructor. She studied pastel with 'Hall of Fame' Joe
Hing Lowe, Pastel Society of America and Oil painting with 'Who's
Who in American Art', Anthony J. Manzo of Taos, NM. Her oil "Statue
at Battery Park" is in the permanent art collection of the U.S. Coast
Guard. She demonstrates for many CA Art organizations, private clubs
and fundraisers for The Ventura County Museum of History and Art,
Aegis and others. Being a Fine Arts winning Artist she conducts Portrait
& Pastel Workshops at her Santa Paula Studio where she teaches advanced
and beginning students in private or semi-private sessions. Visit
her website for more information: http://www.judyklement.com
Xavier Montes - Artist, Musician and Community Activist. Visit
Xavier at his website: http://xaviermontes.com
- I believe having pictures on walls finishes each room, especially
if you love to look closely at the images, as I do. These paintings
- of places of significance, beautifully produced with appealing colors
- stir the pride of owning an original work of art. I paint familiar
locales that people recognize whether close by, places remembered
or sites they may wish to visit one day. I most love painting landscapes
and choose watercolors because of their clean look, the way the color
blends and the vibrancy of the hues. My style is straightforward;
it has been called "representational", which I take to mean that you
will recognize what it is I have painted. I use warm colors with strong
notes of pure pigment. I know when my work is complete because I say
"yes" to my own question, "Does this picture have a real sense of
place?" I hope my work pleases you enough to say, "I just love this
painting. I am so glad it's mine!" I invite you to visit my website
" Rick " Ricksen
- Ojai Academy for the Arts Founder, Leadership Council Chair and
Arts Visionary.... Rick began his creative career as an engineering
student at USC in 1966 looking for a summer job. He found his dream
job with Channel9, a local independent TV Station in Los Angeles and
continued his work there for 38 years. In 1990, he received the Los
Angeles Area Emmy Award in Technical Direction for "NBA Lakers Basketball."
Rick is an active member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
and has served as representative for the Electronic Production peer
group. He recently participated as a judge for the 33rd College Television
Awards and for the Television Academy Foundation's '2011 Summer Internship
Program.' He trained as a docent to lead tours of children at the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was a contributing photographic
artist to the "Painting in Umbria: a Summer Workshop in Assisi, Italy
2007" travel program brochure. His creative interest is oil painting
- he has a studio in Ojai and one in Los Angeles, and he regularly
participates in oil painting workshops at the Brentwood Art Center.
His paintings have been in shows and on display in the southland including
Ojai, Ventura, Santa Paula and Los Angeles.
Salem - Pamela grew up in Ventura and has enjoyed painting all
of her life. She enjoys painting with her fingertips, so pastels are
her choice of medium; however she also enjoys watercolor and oils.
She feels her art has two general objectives; the first is to try
to observe, understand and appreciate the many beauties of the natural
world. She wants to learn to show people what appeals to her in nature
the second objective is simply to remind people of the happiness they
share with their pets by attempting faithfully to convey what they
show her of those memories. She has been a professional artist for
the past six years. She is a member of Buenaventura Art Assoc., Santa
Paula Society of the Arts and Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. She
is an award winning artist and won the honored "Adah Callenhan Award"
at the Ventura Fair. Everyone needs a love outside their family and
friends and she says hers is art.
- Duwayne learned the basics of drawing at an early age from his fater.
In college, he studied technical illustration, but in his twenties,
he found a love of oil painting Much of the attention to detail required
in his illustration training has been transferred to his paintings.
Without formal art classes, and learning by trial and error, he eventually
discovered he wanted to paint realistic pictures of the best of America.
He brings to life traditional landscapes, stately victorian houses,
small-town scenes, historical California missions, and classic aviation
art. His painting captures the essence of realism, as well as featuring
bold and vivid colors, resulting in an 'Imagined Realism'. Uplifting,
colorful and emotional are some of the descriptions of his work. Visit
Duwayne's website at: http://duwayne-williams.artistwebsites.com
- Jean is relatively new to the worlk of art. She is a member of the
Pastel Society of the Goldcoast and Santa Paula Art Society. Her paintings
are realistic in oil, acrylic and pastels, usign the old masters techniques
to get the mystical qualities of light that illuminates from within
her paintings. Jean discovered very early in life, through the beauty
of the outdoors, that she loved color. When she was nine she spent
nine months in the hospital with a broken knee cap. Going into the
hospital in the winter and coming out in the summer, she realized
the beauty of the trees, flowers and lakes and how they had changed
with the seasons. This gave her an incredible respect for nature.
Jean has also gone into the world of photography capturing beauty
that surronds everyday life that is a whole new journey and experience
for her. Her photographys include rustic barns, flowers and seascapes.
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