Above: “Cynthia’s Poppies” by Pam Shelley of Santa Paula, in aqua media, was also used for the “Variations on a View” exhibit announcement. The reception for the exhibit at Ojai’s Contempo Hair Design is June 7. Below: “Southward Prospect” by Santa Paula-based watercolorist and instructor Dorothy Orr is among the works featured in the exhibit staged by PAAINT (Plein Air Artists In Nature’s Theatre).

Reception for latest PAAINT exhibit
‘Variations on a View’ is June 7

May 30, 2014
Santa Paula News

No matter how many different ways you look at it art lovers won’t want to miss “Variations on a View,” a new art exhibit by PAAINT.

PAAINT, Plein Air Artists In Nature’s Theatre, will be exhibiting at Contempo Hair Design in Ojai from June 2 through September 11.  

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception Saturday evening, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.  

The uniquely named PAAINT will be exhibiting the original works of acclaimed artists, including Santa Paula’s Dorothy Orr and Pam Shelley as well as Nancy Beswick, Lois Bloom, Susan Lewis, Laurie McKnett and Dani Willis of Ventura, and Melanie Hirdler and Cathy Smith of Ojai.  

According to Orr, “The exhibit, entitled ‘Variations on a View’, will include works revealing the artists’ love of nature and their fascination with local historical aspects. Expressed through diverse styles and strokes, they each describe distinct experiences in order to relate favorite painting adventures.”

Noted Orr, “Although their basic inspirations are similar, the resulting images are as varied as the terrain, weather, and seasonal characteristics encountered on days the artists created them ‘En Plein Air’,” works started and finished on location using natural light only. 

According to Orr, an acclaimed watercolorist, instructor and retired professor of fine art, “The artist must deal with all of the gifts and surprises that nature has to offer at that time and place... notable artists Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent loved working in this manner.”

Contempo Hair Design is located at 205 S. Signal St., Ojai.  

Exhibit hours for PAAINT’s “Variations on a View” are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

For more information or to contact PAAINT members email: contactartist@paaint.org.

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