Art from above

The artistic aerial photos of Bill Dewey grace the walls of the SLO Museum of Art

Special to The TribuneMay 19, 2013 

Aerial views of San Luis Obispo County are among the saddest things I’ve ever seen, right up there with the ASPCA commercial featuring forlorn dogs and Sarah McLachlan singing.

If you’ve ever moved a plane ride away from the Central Coast like I did for eight years, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Whether the plane is taking off or landing, those beautiful aerial views trigger a bittersweet reaction with every visit.

Bill Dewey has given me a new perspective. He’s a Santa Barbara-based aerial photographer with an exhibit called “Coast to Carrizo” at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art through June 2.

Dewey started flying with camera in hand in 1981 and says his favorite subjects are in San Luis Obispo County. The coast, vineyards and more are all represented in this collection of recent shots.

“The experience of flying and taking photographs is an amazing amalgam of the intimate relationship with the machine and atmosphere,” he says in press materials.

Sunday was the last day for “Brushstrokes,” the annual juried show by the Painters Group, also at SLOMA. Palm Springs Life editor-in-chief, Steven Biller, juror for the show, received 120 entries from around the state and selected 53.

Cayucos artist Nico Van Den Heuvel took best of show with “Still Life With Peppers.” San Francisco’s Pabi Chulo’s acrylic on wood called “Money or Nothing” earned first place. Second place went to Carol Paquet of Arroyo Grande for an oil called “Junction 227 at Corbett Canyon.” Sharon Carro of Paso Robles took third place for “Native Craft,” an oil on wood panel.

Two more local painters took honorable mention spots: Jim Tyler of San Luis Obispo and Jeanette Wolff of Cambria.

By the time you read this, SLOMA will have chosen winners of the 46th annual High School Art Portfolio Competition. Juror Ali Semon, owner of Frame Works framing studio and art gallery in San Luis Obispo, considered traditional artwork along with new media, such as animation, video and web art.

Work by each entrant will be on display until May 26.

Be sure to take a look upstairs in the McMeen Gallery and cast a People’s Choice vote for your favorite entry in the “Mayday! May Day” exhibit presented by the Central Coast Sculptor Group. The show is up until June 2 and features a couple of alabaster pieces.

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