KUSP Visual Arts Calendar
Warren Chang at the Monterey Museum of Art
The Monterey Museum of Art’s Monterey Now series displays the work of artists from the Monterey Bay area who have influenced the direction of art. The new show highlights Warren Chang. Chang began his career as an illustrator and his work earned him awards. Beginning in the year 2000, he turned to fine art paintings. His subjects tend to be figures, often in groups. He’s done numerous pieces depicting farmworkers in the Salinas valley. His work shows clear influences from nineteenth-century artists Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), and Winslow Homer (1836-1910), among others. His light seems to come from 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). His figures tend to be active and suggest a narrative. Chang was born in 1957 in Monterey. The show opens Thursday and will continue through April 6th. More at montereyart dot org.
Art by Manuel Santana & Café de Olla
Monday – Friday, March 9 – 13, 2015
In honor of Manuel Santana, founder of Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant, five giclee prints of his artwork will be displayed in the restaurant during their 50th anniversary celebration. Santana’s colorful paintings were inspired by Picasso, Goya and Beckmann. He was awarded Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission in 2008, the year of his passing. Stop by Mar 9-13 between 2:30-4:30pm to view the art, and enjoy a complementary coffee that was prepared in a traditional way in a clay pot. You can also enter a drawing to win one of the five prints; no purchase necessary, $10 suggested donation for one of the five community groups being supported this week by the restaurant – 50% of sales will be donated to these five organizations: Homeless Services Center of Santa Cruz, Second Harvest Food Bank, Teen Kitchen Project, Cabrillo College Visual, Applied and Performing Arts and Women’s Crisis Support – Defensa de Mujeres. Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant, 251 Center Ave, Aptos. 831-688-4848.
Submit Your Ocean Art to the MAH
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s Everybody’s Ocean exhibit includes a combination of curated works and whatever museum visitors submit that staff deem appropriate. The crowd sourced art will continue to move through the gallery among the curated works until the exhibit closes in April. The show intends to highlight our individual relationships with the ocean and the various roles it plays in our personal mythology.
Celebrating the River in Santa Cruz
The Ebb and Flow project celebrates the San Lorenzo River in 2015 by bedecking it in art. Temporary art installations and kinetic sculptures are planned throughout the year to highlight the river and Santa Cruz’s relationship to it as well as the Tannery Art Center which located on its bank. Learn more by visiting the arts council Web site, artscouncilsc.org.