Liz Maruska’s art has been exhibited on floors and public transit, at coffee houses and galleries, but never in her hometown of Los Osos.
“It will be fun to show my numerous paintings of this area only a few blocks from the actual sites,” she told me in an email. “I consider these to be very romantic since I like to emphasize the luscious pigments and colors.”
Her show, “Love Notes from the Coast,” opened Saturday at Edward Jones, 1236 Los Osos Valley Road, Suite J, and runs through Dec. 5.
I asked what she’s been up to since I visited with her in the 1990s about her designs on floor cloths.
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“Since 2006, I have been concentrating on acrylics on stretched canvas. They have been getting larger over time,” she said. “Recently, I have been experimenting with 36- to 60-inch paintings with the idea that they would be the signature piece in a room.”
The Stanford-trained artist says her influences for her bold and colorful landscapes are 19th century American landscape painters.
She has also piloted a “roving museum” art project that includes a painted Cadillac that she named “When Matisse met Jackson Pollack.” She continues to paint cars with the goal of opening an outdoor museum.
Another public art fan was Ruth Fash, a local artist, curator and educator who died in 2004. After her death, a lecture series was organized in her honor. The next Ruth Fash Art Talk is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Cuesta College Humanities Forum, Room 6304. Admission and parking are free.
The speaker is Andrea Zittel, whose creations have been featured in exhibitions throughout the world including at the New Museum in New York City and MOCA/Geffen in Los Angeles.
She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has concluded that “There is really no such thing as a non-creative gesture.” She now lives and works in Joshua Tree where she is involved with architectural “living units.”
The event is a collaboration of Arts Obispo, Cuesta College Art Department and a volunteer committee. For more information, visit the Ruth Fash Art Talks Facebook page and www.zittel.org .
Thank you for turning to The Tribune to provide a thorough listing of visual art exhibits and events. This is my last column; it’s been a pleasure to point out some of the highlights to readers over the past couple of years and I look forward to waking up Sundays to find out where the next columnist will take us.I’ll close with a quote from one of my favorite artists, Lynda Barry: “I go to work the minute I open my eyes.”