April art abounds in SLO County

Exhibits this month feature printmakers, artists with autism and student shows at Cal Poly and Cuesta

Special to The TribuneApril 7, 2014 

Art exhibits are popping up in pairs this month along with daffodils and irises. Two shows tie in to annual April events: Autism Awareness Month and National Poetry Month.

Seven Sisters Gallery is hosting a show curated by Santa Barbara’s Debra Hosseini, an advocate for artists who are autistic. She has a book called “The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions,” featuring art and poetry of 77 autistic artists.

The Seven Sisters show will feature paintings, photographs and prints by half a dozen local artists. Check out “Clear Perspective: An Autistic Vision” during the reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 601 Embarcadero, No. 8, in Morro Bay. It runs through May 9.

Hosseini notes on her webpage (http://www.the-art-of-autism.com) that “The ART of AUTISM is a social-entrepreneurship project that connects artists and performers of all ages on the autism spectrum with opportunities and venues to showcase their varied talents.”

The seventh annual Beacon Art Show at San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading led by poet Glenna Luschei at 3 p.m. April 13. The exhibit opened this weekend and runs through April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays at 1525 Fredericks St.

“Art From the Heart” winners were not available by press time. I’ll post the names selected by the jury later this month.

Another pair of April shows celebrates printmaking. “Traditional Printmaking: Pushing the Limits” runs through May 11 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art at 1010 Broad St. Members of the Central Coast Printmakers invited Linda Lyke, an artist from Los Angeles and professor of art at Occidental College, to jury the show and display some of her work. Most of the 35 artists chosen live in California. “The work gathered in the exhibit is wonderfully innovative, yet grounded in sensitive personal visions of landscapes, figures, and abstraction,” Lyke said in press materials.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast is showing printmaking by Paul LaRiviere through June 13. Visit between 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1060 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

The Morro Bay artist is retired from the California Department of Corrections as a correctional counselor and was a registered art therapist with a master’s degree in fine art and psychology. He is a member of the Central Coast Printmakers and has curated shows at GALA since 2005.

“I am currently interested in playing with prints in a three dimensional format,” he said in his artist’s statement. “The paper used in printmaking lends itself beautifully to folding, cutting and manipulating to make interesting shapes. The new structures become books to read in a different way, making the printmaking more dynamic.”

Yet another pair of exhibits features college artists. The University Art Gallery at Cal Poly will host its annual student exhibition Thursday April 10 through May 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Cuesta College’s student art show opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday April 11. It will run through May 14 at the gallery in room 7170 on the San Luis Obispo campus.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com.

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