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Bank’s exhibit depicts life on the farm

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2013


"Pablo & Gregor" is an acrylic painting by Bonnie Minardi that is currently showing at the Santa Cruz County Bank in Watsonville as part of the Down on the Farm exhibit. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE — While the Santa Cruz County Fair is gearing up for its opening day on Tuesday, the Santa Cruz County Bank is celebrating the annual event with a new exhibit depicting farm life.

Curated by Joan Blackmer, “Down on the Farm,” which opens today and runs through Jan. 3, features more than 90 works of art across the bank’s five locations.

The artists, Marnie Dufau, Paul Henri, Bonnie Minardi, Mary Offermann, Marlene Olson, Melinda Picatti and Marvin Plummer, are exhibiting their work in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography and more.

Henri, who is exhibiting seven pieces of his photography, said the theme fit with his work.

“I’ve always been attracted to that simpler lifestyle,” he said. “It’s hard to find these days.”

Henri, a Rio del Mar resident, said he typically takes pictures of old, antique tools. Being involved in the construction field for a number of years, “it was sort of a natural extension of my interest in tools when I took up photography and taking various pictures of mostly rusty antique things I’ve found,” he said.

Soquel watercolorist Picatti hit the fair’s theme, “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” squarely with a piece depicting a pair of her father’s cowboy boots.

Other works by Picatti in the show include watercolors of an old barn, a red truck, sheep and more.

“I do a little bit of everything,” she said. “From my perspective, I don’t have a specific subject matter.”

But what is a constant in her work is the type of medium.

“Watercolor has been my love since years ago in college, when I took a class,” Picatti said. “I’ve been sold on it ever since.”

A reception and Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture mixer, open to the public, will be held today from 5-7 p.m. at the bank’s Watsonville branch, located on 595 Auto Center Drive.

All proceeds from raffle sales at the opening mixer will benefit Agri-Culture. In addition, all proceeds from the artwork sold throughout the exhibit will go directly to the artists.

“This has been an exciting experience, and the bank is wonderful,” Picatti said. “It’s a wonderful way to get artists locally out there.”

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“Down on the Farm” is shown across the Santa Cruz County Bank’s five branches: 595 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville; 7775 Soquel Drive, Aptos; 819 Bay Ave., Capitola; 720 Front St., Santa Cruz; 4604 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. For information, visit www.sccountybank.com or call 457-5000.

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