The works of Martha Ensign Johnson, Amber O’Neill and Michele Zuzalek will be on display from April 13 through May 5 at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara. The club, which features new artists on the second Friday of every month, will host an artist reception April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Martha Ensign Johnson’s featured pieces capture the aftermath of the Tea and Jesusita fires in an area that she wanders through daily. She gathered plants and other natural elements affected by the fire as inspiration for the series. Neutral hues and natural materials draw spectators’ attention toward to the unanticipated splendor of leaves and plants left in the wake of the fires. Johnson grew up around artists in her native state of North Carolina. She started working with printmaking in 1972, and her work has been showcased in galleries across the United States, as well as in the National Gallery of Printmaking in Oslo, Norway.
Amber O’Neill created a collection to reflect the style, colors, and lighting of some of her favorite locations on the California coast. With picturesque visions of sloping coastlines and a natural palette, her works highlight the state’s environmental beauties. She received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Caifornia, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in oil painting.
Michele Zuzalek painted pieces that represent the beginning of a story, one whose entirety is up to the viewer to imagine. She hopes that her collection will be a space for contemplation, a space for both remembering and imagining. Her vibrantly colored paintings construct an undiscovered world for viewers to explore. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has paintings in private collections around the world. She is also a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE).
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. To learn more about 2nd Fridays Art or the artists being featured, click here.