A new art exhibition, Seeing Rural: Through the Eyes of Visiting Artists in the Cuyama Valley,
opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Thursday, July 26th at 5:00 pm.
The show features five artists, all part of the Blue Sky Center’s first artist residency program in the Cuyama Valley. Called 555, Blue Sky’s artist residency program, hosted five artists for five days in five huts built by father-daughter duo Jeff and Mattie Shelton.
The Blue Sky Center is a rural, place-based nonprofit whose mission is to regenerate the economy, land, and communities of the Cuyama Valley through equitable partnerships and sharing scalable models with other communities.
The 555 pilot program took place in April 2018 in collaboration with citizen artist and residency facilitator Mary Welcome and with generous support from the Santa Barbara Office of Arts & Culture, the Squire Foundation, Duncan Family Farms, several individual donors, Explore Ecology, and its Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store. The pilot brought artists to make work in, about, and with New Cuyama, to help create meaningful dialogue, socially vibrant spaces, and equitable partnerships in the Cuyama Valley. In the spirit of rural-urban exchange, the residency culminates in the July 26th exhibition at Art From Scrap, where artists will share their work and experiences during the residency.
555 artists include:
- Ben Guzman and Angela Wood, Small Medium Large Productions, Los Angeles, CA, traveled to all ends of the valley shooting the diverse landscape and interviewing residents about history and identity in this place.
- Noé Montes, Los Angeles, CA, photographed and interviewed long-time residents and taught a photography workshop with middle school students.
- Tom Gottelier and Bobby Petersen, Designers on Holiday, Los Angeles, CA, designed and built a community bus stop shelter for the Cuyama School District.
- Oslo Butchy Fuego, Talkeetna, AK, of Seeing Trails Hike Gang, spent the residency exploring the Cuyama Valley, specifically Santa Barbara Canyon, Aliso Canyon, and Quatal Canyon
- Nicole Lavelle, Lagunitas, CA, explored the idea of what it means to be a visitor or temporary in a new place.
The exhibit runs through September 30th at Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.