Visual Arts Calendar
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Stripe on Walnut street in downtown Santa Cruz presents an exhibit of lithographs by Max Stadnik, who says he’s drawing on mythology about the allure of foreign travel and how it has affected American culture. He’s also referring to a history of technological development that connects his form – lithography – to the method by with electronic circuits are manufactured. The work also takes off from styles employed in commercial posters.
A New Approach to Monterey Bay Landscapes
The Monterey Museum of Art hosts an exhibit of large-scale landscapes by realist painter David Ligare. Ligare’s work is celebrated for fine natural detail and for delicate depiction of light. He describes himself as a neoclassical artist, carefully representing his subjects.
The works on display are panoramas of the Salinas River, the Pacific coast and Mount Toro. The works were painted especially for this exhibit. The museum’s Monterey Now exhibits show the work of artists from the region who have made significant contributions to the visual arts.
Ligare will participate in a reception for the new exhibit Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 pm.
Howard Ikemoto and Ron Milhoan
R. Blitzer Gallery hosts an exhibit by painters Ron Milhoan and Howard Ikemoto. Milhoan is known for paintings that seem to be part of a narrative. “The Dusty Trail Series” are inspired by the landscape of his home in Corralitos. Much of the series plays with patterns of light through trees. Milhoan taught painting and drawing at Cabrillo College for 29 years.
Howard Ikemoto’s landscapes, abstracts and figures have earned him renown for their emotional depth. In his decades of teaching art at Cabrillo College, Ikemoto gained numerous devoted students who tend to speak of him as a life influence as much as an art teacher.
Down on the Farm
Santa Cruz County Bank’s latest exhibit brings together artists working pastoral themes. Marnie Dufau, Paul Henri, Bonnie Minardi, Mary Offermann, Marlene Olson, Melinda Picatti and Marvin Plummer explore the beauty of farm life. From Minardi’s painting of charismatic pigs to Paul Henri’s photographs of farm equipment, the exhibit evokes the bucolic and rustic in agricultural themes. Find more at the bank’s Web site.