Juried Exhibition Showcases Far Reaches of W. Dibblee Hoyt’s Artistic Influence

Posted on May 29 by SEASONS Magazine

The Traveler, by Sherrie Chavez, 2008, black and white photograph. Courtesy of Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

The Traveler, by Sherrie Chavez, 2008, black and white photograph. Image courtesy of Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

The photography of W. Dibblee Hoyt and his former students effortlessly captures the beauty of local contemporary ranching culture. Starting June 3, a juried exhibition called W. Dibblee Hoyt: Far Reaches will compile photographs from both Hoyt and those he inspired, inviting patrons of the arts to experience the local landscape through a range of different lenses.

From June 3­–September 20Santa Barbara County Arts Commission will present W. Dibblee Hoyt: Far Reaches at Channing Peake Gallery, with a 1st Thursday reception on June 6 at 5 p.m. Then, in October, the Arts Commission will bring the exhibition to Santa Maria’s Betteravia Gallery.

Hoyt, a photojournalist-turned-mentor who spent many years teaching classes at Allan Hancock College and elsewhere throughout the North County, has inspired many of his students to pursue careers in professional photography. In celebration of all that he and his apprentices have accomplished, an appointed juror has selected seven former students—Sherrie Chavez, Phyllis Daniels, Cathy Gregg, Debbie Fuller, Raymond Lopez, Sandy Peterson and Lynda Schiff—to contribute their art to the exhibition.

The juror, Brett Leigh-Dicks, is an Australian-born photographer who not only curates touring photographic exhibitions in Australia and the United States but also contributes editorially to numerous artistic journals and publications, including Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.

Whether you are interested in honoring Hoyt’s legacy as a mentor and teacher, supporting the gifted former students who share his vision or simply seeking some distinctive local art, W. Dibblee Hoyt: Far Reaches will provide an eye-opening experience.

-James Moore

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