Gallery located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot
on the corner of 10th and Santa Barbara Street

963 East Santa Barbara Street
Santa Paula, Ca. 93060

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Meet some of the Artist of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts

Our 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.

Meli 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:

Poppies1 White Dreamcatcher in Many Colors - Sold

Janice 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.

The Clocktower Lemon Picking Time

Lynda Gruber - 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.

Musician Cowboys On Fence

Virginia 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.

Outlander's Barn Harvest Time

Marilyn 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.

The Rose Pine Island

Judy 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:

Topa Palm Splendor Olivers

Luis C López - Luis C. López, award winning acrylic painter residing in Ventura and originally from Jalisco México, Luis came to the USA in 1989. His realistic style captures the beauty of landscapes, seascapes and animals inviting you to share in those special moments captured on canvas for lasting memories.

Always interested in art, Luis began studying in 2011 with noted international artist Judy Klement. He also took lessons in Ojai with award winning Lori Corradi and Thomas F. Hardcastle as well as in Jalisco Mexico with renown painter Rafael Castillón.

López has learned and mastered the use of different Medias and painting techniques that allow him to create and bring back memories of past moments in his life and possibly yours.

Luis is member of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts and was featured Artist in the Depot Art Collection. He has also won several awards and has sold some of his creations to private collectors.

Luis is available for commission work as well as custom assignments. You may contact Luis by calling 805-746-3664 or by e-mail

Xavier Montes - Artist, Musician and Community Activist. Visit Xavier at his website:

Title: "Ms. Ely" Price $1000 size: 16"X20" Medium: acrylics Painted ceramic slab. Title: "Xavierahuatl" Price $100 size 8''X8"

Luanne Perez - 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 at

Buon Giorno Farm and Fields

Robert " 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.

Bridge Budda

Pamela 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 Williams - 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:

Faith Mission San Antonio

Jean Yarbrough - 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.

Green Apples Elk

Contact SPSA

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 788
Santa Paula, Ca. 93061-0788

Phone Messages: 805-525-1104
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