Two painters from the North Coast of San Luis Obispo County caught my attention this week. Dennis Carver is from Los Osos, Tom Wright is from Cayucos and both have a way with bright colors, texture and abstract designs.
Carver will show 28 prints at Morro Bay Library through August. Before the end of the year, he’ll also display at Los Osos Library and the Shepard Hall Gallery at the Santa Maria Library.
“It seems the libraries on the Central Coast are reaching out to give artists more exposure and in doing so, are also bringing in more members of our communities,” he wrote to me in an email. “And, I think that’s a good thing.”
I do, too!
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Wright refers to himself as “brushless in Cayucos” since he started painting with small Italian painting knives in 1997. He is the featured artist through Sept. 18 at the Cayucos Community Art Gallery in the Cayucos Vets Hall at the foot of the pier.
Formerly, he painted realistic scenes — landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes — but is now drawn to abstract and tactile.
“Four painters have influenced me in terms of color and textures (Monet and Van Gogh), for subtleties of color (Rothko) and thickness of textures (Pollock),” Wright said in press materials.
He and his painter wife, Muriel, retired as emeritus professors from Cal State Northridge in 1989.
Speaking of emeritus art instructors, Cuesta College is honoring its founding art faculty during its 50th anniversary year with three exhibits at the campus gallery. Chet Amyx, who taught at Cuesta from 1965 to 1993, will show his work from Aug. 30 to Sept. 20. A talk is set for 5:30 p.m. at the opening.
Barry J. Frantz taught from 1967 to 2001. His exhibit will be up from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11. Robert H. Pelfrey, who joined the art faculty in 1972 and taught until 2003, will show from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. Frantz and Pelfrey will also give a talk on their opening nights.
And I’ve got some neat news about a current art instructor at Cuesta College. Tony Hertz has a black-and-white photo called “Gnarled Wave” on display at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Fla., through Aug. 23. The Pismo Beach shot was one of 45 photos accepted in the Naples Art Association’s juried show. The former Tribune (then Telegram-Tribune) photojournalist also received $5,000.