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An­niver­sary show

Water­house Gallery cel­e­brates its 34th An­niver­sary/Great Amer­i­can Fig­u­ra­tive Ex­hi­bi­tion in a show­case of works from a range of tal­ented artists in­clud­ing Peter Adams, Zhaom­ing Wu, Craig Nel­son, Jove Wang, Mian Situ, Ge­orge Bo­dine, Stan Moeller, Matt Smith and Michael Gum­bert. Among the guest artists in this year’s show are Michael God­frey and Ro­drigo Zani­boni.

While the gallery has been in ex­is­tence for more than three decades, the Great Amer­i­can Fig­u­ra­tive Ex­hi­bi­tion, a show paired along­side the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, be­gan in 2007.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud to be cel­e­brat­ing our 34th year. We opened in Novem­ber 1984 and have been in our cur­rent lo­ca­tion for an un­be­liev­able 27 years,” says owner Di­ane Water­house, who runs the gallery along­side hus­band, Ralph Water­house. “Our gallery show­cases con­tem­po­rary tra­di­tional work—land-

scapes/fig­u­ra­tive/ur­ban/cityscapes, from im­pres­sion­ism to highly ren­dered re­al­ism. It is an honor and a priv­i­lege to have been able to do this all these years and rep­re­sent the finest pain­ters in the U.S.,” she says. “The show is al­ways a vis­ual feast.”

“What is unique about Ralph and Di­ane Water­house is a com­plete, to­tal love and per­sonal com­mit­ment to art,” says Bo­dine, who brings to the ex­hi­bi­tion an oil ti­tled Sailed. The piece de­picts a woman peer­ing over a nar­row canal with boats pass­ing through. “Sailed ref­er­ences the idea of loss, that some­thing is ‘gone for­ever,’ and we don’t even know it,” ex­plains Bo­dine.

Florence Cafe at Night and The Golden Hour – Venice, paint­ings by Moeller, cap­ture the at­mos­phere of an evening in Italy with crowds of peo­ple go­ing about their day. “I love Florence and [Florence Cafe at Night] captures the feel­ing of the open-air cafes, al­ways full of light. I teach work­shops in Tus­cany...and am al­ways in­spired as I walk through the town where John Singer Sar­gent was born,” Moeller says. De­scrib­ing Golden Hour – Venice, the artist shares, “The late af­ter­noon light in Venice, es­pe­cially, sur­rounds the sub­jects like no other place I’ve ever been. It is magic there. I’m al­ways hum­bled to paint in places where my he­roes loved to go and paint.” Light is a ma­jor source of in­spi­ra­tion for artist Sung Eun Kim as well, and the light of sun­rise and sun­set es­pe­cially cap­ti­vates him. “The il­lu­sion of lights, glow­ing the sur­face of the city al­ways make me in awe [the] more I study them,” says Kim, who brings an oil ti­tled The first light, along with two smaller works.

The ex­hi­bi­tion be­gins Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, with artist demon­stra­tions at 1 p.m. and an open­ing re­cep­tion from 4 to 7 p.m.

Water­house Gallery 1114 State Street, Suite 9 • Santa Bar­bara, CA 93101 • (805) 962-8885 • www.wa­ter­house­gallery.com

2Ge­orge Bo­dine, Sailed, oil on Bel­gian linen, 16 x 12"2

1Stan Moeller, The Golden Hour – Venice,oil on panel, 14 x 18"1

3Ge­orge Bo­dine, Cher­ished, oil on Bel­gian linen, 24 x 12"3

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