KUSP Visual Arts Calendar
Small Format Art in Watsonville
Through February 16th in Watsonville, the Pajaro Valley Arts Council presents their first exhibition of the year: “Take Always: Art to Go!” The show focuses on small pieces from top Monterey Bay area artists. The intent is to make purchasing the art more accessible for people with smaller budgets. More information./a>
Holt Murrey ‘Retrospective’
The Cabrillo Gallery exhibits 3-dimensional work by Holt Murrey. The Retrospective spans through the 60′s up until his death in 2008. There will be two original movies on Murrey’s life during the exhibition from January 27 to February 21st. There’s a reception February 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Learn more about this exhibit.
In his talk, “Inherent Worth and Dignity,” Bob Sadler will discuss his journey from landscape photography to portraits of homeless men inspired by the Depression era photographer Dorothea Lange. Joining Bob Sadler is aspiring writer Cassidy Hausmann Mason, a student at York School who interviewed the portrait subjects. Mason shares her experiences in working with this diverse group. The event is January 30 on 6:30 pm at the Monterey Museum of Art’s La Mirada Gallery.
A Master of Studio Photography
In six decades, Yousuf Karsh photographed some of the most influential people in the 20th century. “Extraordinary People – Portraits by Yousuf Karsh,” is comprised of 50 images of scientists, artists and political leaders, including Winston Churchill and Pablo Picasso. His work involved fine control of lighting to draw attention to personality and expression.
Ansel Adams’ Greatest Work
Near the end of his life, Ansel Adams set out to create a collection of prints spanning his career. He hoped this “Museum Set” would represent his greatest work and would be available for viewing by the public. “Ansel Adams – Visions of Grandeur” presents a selection of these prints, highlighting Adams sharp-focus, modernist style.
Quilts By Amy Baldwin May
In the old Wrigley building at the far west border of the city, the R. Blitzer Gallery hosts a new exhibit of quilts by Ann Balwin May.
May layers fabric to create realistic and whimsical scenes of nature. She also does abstract works. She often draws inspiration from Mexican and Native American cultures. Impressionistic natural scenes are also common in her work. Abstract quilts allow her to play with textures and colors.
Crocetti and Hybl in Joint Installation
Kathleen Crocetti and Heidi Hybl present a joint installation at the Carmel Art Association through February 4. “Luminous Color” explores the nature of light and color beginning with extremely simple abstract forms.
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.
Monterey Bay Area Metal Workers
Ongoing through February 2 the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History hosts Mind, Heart and Hand. This is a juried show of work by members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild. Pieces range from large scale metal sculptures to intricate jewelry in a variety of materials. The inspirations from the work comes from keen observation as well as photography and sketches of the environment.