Locals itching for summer to begin can start the season early by exploring the vivid colors, picturesque coastlines and relaxed atmospheres of the Santa Barbara Tennis Club’s latest exhibition, from June 8 to July 7, 2012. The club’s June art show opens with a reception on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features enchanting paintings from Michael Drury, Tom Henderson, Michael Irwin and Lisa Pedersen.
Tom Henderson’s plein air paintings evoke the beachy, laid-back vibes of Santa Barbara through his natural palettes and tendency to capture the many charming views that the city has to offer. Henderson began learning the plein air techniques from Charles Movalli and Edward N. Ward after being introduced to their work in his thirties. He particularly enjoys working with watercolor and oil, and likes to compose looser paintings that encourage interpretation.
Fellow plein air artist Michael Drury creates exquisitely crafted oil paintings, vibrant and calming, that transport the viewer to the location of inspiration. Drury studied at UC Santa Barbara, and began painting in the plein air style after meeting Ray Strong. His works have appeared in exhibitions throughout Santa Barbara County and around the world, and he is a founding member of Oak Group, the environmentally active group of landscape painters in Santa Barbara.
Michael Irwin explores diverse textures and elements to create dynamic pieces of artistic expression. He has dabbled in sculpting, painting, installation works, figure work and art that combines flat surfaces with three-dimensional objects. He received his BA and MFA from UC Santa Barbara and currently teaches art at Santa Barbara City College.
Lisa Pedersen’s water-based oil paintings highlight the extraordinary landscapes of California, and her blending of subdued colors mimic the state’s notoriously hazy skies. Although Pedersen studied architecture and interior design at UCLA, art is in her blood—both of her parents are artists, her sister is an illustrator in New York and her grandfather and great uncle were Danish landscape painters.
The SBTC gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more about the exhibit, call 805/682-4722 or click here.