Local art enthusiasts will enjoy checking out La Bella Italia, the newest exhibition at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital that showcases the works of 25 artists from California, Nevada, Colorado and Finland. The latest exhibit to visit the Harris and Fredda Meisel Gallery of Art opens with a reception on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., serving wine courtesy of Fess Parker Winery and hors d’oeuvres.
The featured painters created their pieces during an artistic journey led by renowned watercolorist Cathy Quiel in May of 2011. The La Bella Italia works are resplendent with rich Italian colors and striking contrasts of darkness and light that capture the emotions of the artists’ journeys. La Bella Italia represents the most recent selection of healing arts in an effort to bring brightly colored displays and inspiration to the hospital environment.
Cathy Quiel, who teaches at Santa Barbara City College, is notorious for expertly applying pigments and producing vivid paintings. In addition to teaching workshops around the world, she has been a guest lecturer at the Riverside Art Museum and Muckenthaler Museum. Qiuel is also a published artist with work featured in The American Artist, Artist’s and Montecito Magazines.
La Bella Italia will continue to be on display through the month of May until August 5 at the Meisel Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For a complete list of the artists or to learn more information, call 805/687-7444 or click here.