Ray Strong Celebrations

Posted on May 21 by SEASONS Magazine

Painting by Ray Strong

Painting by Ray Strong

Don’t miss a community-wide Ray Strong Celebration on view from May 23 to June 21 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.).

The exhibit, Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara, features six paintings and drawings of landscapes and cityscapes produced outside of the Santa Barbara area during a 45-year period and offers a view of Strong’s travels and his lifelong interest in depicting the environment around him.

Strong is remembered for his dedication to rendering the landscape in a representational manner, and is honored for his dedication to this community. His dioramas reside in Bird Hall at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta Del Sol), and he is also remembered as the co-founder of The Oak Group in Santa Barbara, a collective of artists dedicated to painting and preserving the natural landscape.

This installation is organized in conjunction with The Ray Strong Project, an initiative of Sullivan Goss, an American gallery, which includes a series of events and exhibitions coalescing in June  at museums and galleries in the Santa Barbara area. Other participants include the City of Santa Barbara, The Easton Gallery (557 Hot Springs Rd.), James Main Fine Art (27 E. De La Guerra St.), Santa Barbara Art Association (1114 State St. Suite 26), Santa Barbara County Arts Commission (1100 Anacapa St.), Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De La Guerra St.), Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (123 E. Canon Perdido St.), Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (113 Harbor Way), Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

A free, self-guided audio tour of this installation is available. For more information on programs, dates and locations, please visit theraystrongproject.com.

—Elizabeth Sanchez

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