The Natural World: Variations on a Theme Featuring Paintings by Gina Niebergall

Opens June 23rd

SANTA PAULA, CA – Ventura native Gina Niebergall has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She has loved nature for equally as long. “It’s so much fun being a painter in California,” she says. Ventura County holds a special place in her art. The local terrain offers everything a landscape artist like Gina could dream of: the beach, the mountains, and the desert. Recently, Niebergall has traveled to sites like the Eastern Sierra, the Carrizo Plain, and the Antelope Valley for inspiration. The artist’s latest works will culminate in a stunning new solo exhibition at the Santa Paula Art Museum entitled “The Natural World: Variations on a Theme.” The show opens with a premiere party on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission to the premiere is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

When deciding on the theme of her exhibition, Gina was careful to include the notion of “variation.” Not only does the subject matter of her paintings vary, but so too does her treatment of light, color, shadow, and composition. Niebergall is quick to confess that she “finds inspiration everywhere,” which makes her art all the more inspiring to viewers. Exhibition visitors will also be able to hear Niebergall describe her work in her own words by means of a video interview that was filmed inside the artist’s studio. Particularly moving is her account of the aftermath of the Thomas Fire on her family’s property and how she has portrayed both the wildfire’s destruction and the gradual renewal of the local landscape in her paintings. “The Natural World: Variations on a Theme” will be on view through October 14, 2018.

A Life Abandoned, Eastern Sierras by Gina Niebergall, oil on canvas

Flooded Labyrinth by Gina Niebergall Oil on Canvas

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 N 10th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. The Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, community events, artist talks and demonstrations, a gift shop, and more. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and is free for students and museum members. The Museum’s new Cole Creativity Center is located at 123 N 10th Street. The space offers a wide variety of creative programming for children, teens and adults. Hours for the Cole Creativity Center vary according to the current class schedule. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554.


 

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