Santa Cruz Oil Painters hold exhibit at Santa Cruz County Bank

Posted: Friday, May 16th, 2014

WATSONVILLE A group of 20 artists are exploring the world of ordinary objects with "Rhythms of Still Life," the latest exhibit at the Santa Cruz County Bank's five branches.

The exhibit, which opens today and runs through Aug. 15, features members of Santa Cruz Oil Painters.

Member Lorraine Catania, an Aptos resident, helped spearhead the exhibit to promote the work of the group, who hold one exhibit a year.

The 30-member group has been together for 13 years, Catania said. A close-knit community, members always encourage each other and acknowledge their successes.

"Rhythms of Still Life" touches upon a subject matter that Catania has a "love" for, she said.

"I have a particular fondness for still life," she said. "I really try and push my still life and get as much vibrant color as I can."

Santa Cruz painter Maggie Renner Hellmann, a fellow member, said there is "a lot of energy" in her works.

"For me, painting is very expressive," she said. "I use a lot of brushwork that's loose, conveys the energy and is expressive."

She describes her piece at the Watsonville branch, titled "Full Bloom Appasionato," as "painting with passion."

The artists have partnered with the Symphony League of Santa Cruz County for the exhibit. During a reception on June 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Santa Cruz branch, 720 Front St., a portion of the proceeds from all sales at the event will be donated to the Symphony League.

Curated by Joan Blackmer, the exhibit includes work by Wayne Adachi, Skip Andreae, Judith Brock, Jeanne Brubaker, Catania, Marnie Dufau, Suzanne Elliott, Coraly Hanson, Michele Hausman, Hellmann, Richard Klevins, Karin Leonard, Diane Merion, Judy Miller, Linda Mitchell, Cynthia Riordan, Karen Scarborough, Ann Thiermann, Jean Thomas and Eunice Van der Linden.

"Rhythms of Still Life" runs through Aug. 15 at the Santa Cruz County Bank's five branches: Watsonville, 595 Auto Center Drive; Aptos, 7775 Soquel Drive; Capitola, 819 Bay Ave.; Santa Cruz, 720 Front St.; and Scotts Valley, 4604 Scotts Valley Drive.

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