Ann Foxworthy Gallery


Ceramics, digital painting and photography among artwork on display

FireflyDreamsAllan Hancock College boasts a talented pool of instructors in its fine arts department. The creative efforts of these visual artists are featured in the college’s annual fine arts faculty art show in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on the Santa Maria campus from Oct. 12, through Nov. 30. A reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 3-5 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited to meet the art faculty and see their work.

The artwork was created in a broad range of media including drawing, mixed media, oils, digital painting, ceramics and photography. Art gallery director Marti Fast said the show is a longtime tradition that allows students and visitors an opportunity to appreciate the depth and breadth of the remarkable artists who teach in the fine arts program.

Design instructor Nancy Jo Ward has inspired scores of digital design students with her mix of traditional and digital art. Ward takes digital photos or pastel drawings and paints, draws, and composites objects and textures on to them. She digitizes and prints the surface and then draws on it with pastels, occasionally using gold foil on her images.

Photography program coordinator David Passage spends his free time playing the French horn in area music ensembles, and recently rekindled a passion for turning wood. For this year’s show, instead of submitting photographic images, Passage created six small turned boxes made of richly colored hardwoods. “I do not know where my passion for turning came from,” said Passage. “I used the lathe in building model ships, but it was simply a means to an end. Then I began turning boxes and I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy, of passion and a feeling that I was doing exactly the right thing, in the right place and in the right time. This has only happened a few times in my life and I know how rare it is and what a gift it is.”

John Hood, who teaches advanced drawing and mixed media, is fascinated by the inner workings of nature. “My interest in organic matter manifests in imagined shapes based on my environment,” said Hood. “For me, the forms become what I refer to as the constant companion, taking the form of contemplative subject matter.”

Children’s book illustrator Laura-Susan Thomas brings a note of whimsy to the gallery walls and gives a peek into the process of creating finished illustrations. Thomas often transfers her traditionally-created paintings and sketches to a computer to continue bringing the story’s characters to life.

Clouds are a major theme in this year’s show. Deborah West, who teaches the college’s painting classes, created more in a series of large canvases capturing the color and light of clouds at sunset. “I am fascinated by color and light,” said West. “The landscape, and particularly the sky, is a wonderful place to explore both. Skies are so fluid and loose that it allows me to play with color rather freely. And they are rather omnipresent in our world -- a wonderful reminder of how small we are and how beautiful the world is.”

Other canvases by Ronald Rogers carry the same kind of peaceful presence.

Fast said the show is serene and inviting, and welcomes visitors to have an inspiring time in the gallery.

The Ann Foxworthy Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is closed weekends and school holidays. The gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, bldg. L-south, on the Santa Maria campus. Parking passes are $2/vehicle and are required on campus. Questions? Contact the fine arts department at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3252, or gallery director Marti Fast at ext. 3465.


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