Grand Opening of “The River’s Journey” at Wildling Museum

Posted on Feb 16 by SEASONS Magazine

Nina Warner, "Burn to the Lake."

Nina Warner, “Burn to the Lake.”

The grand opening of The River’s Journey: One Year, Six Artists, Ninety-Two Miles takes place Saturday, February 17 at the Wildling Museum (1511 Mission Dr., Solvang).

This art exhibit depicts the Santa Ynez River and Watershed from Jameson Lake to Surf Beach as seen by six local artists over the course of a year. The artists were brought together by a common interest in exploring the medium gouache (an opaque watercolor), and their shared intrigue in the tangible effects caused by the drought that the Santa Barbara region has been facing. The six female artists go by the

"Scorched River Bed" by Libby Smith.

“Scorched River Bed” by Libby Smith.

name of Rose-Compass, and include locals Connie Connally, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner and Pamela Zwehl-Burke.

Each artist contributed 20 gouache paintings to the exhibition, along with one larger oil painting. Also featured in the exhibit are two works by Pennsylvanian artist Thomas Paquette, whose gouache paintings of the Mississippi River were a source of inspiration to the artists of Rose-Compass.

All the paintings at the exhibit are for sale, and the proceeds will benefit the Museum. The preview party begins at 3:30 p.m. on February 17, and those in attendance will have the chance to meet the artists, purchase artwork and take place in a raffle. There are 125 spots open for the preview party. The opening reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public, including refreshments and poetry readings by Santa Ynez Poets Steve Braff, Teresa McNeil MacLean and Dorothy Jardin. You won’t want to miss this unforgettable exhibit done by local women here in Santa Barbara county!

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—Ali Rank


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