Cambrian: Arts & Events

Labor Day weekend will be art-full in Cambria

“Going,” by Michael Ackerman, whose works will be on display at theWorking Artist Studio/Patrick Gallery.
“Going,” by Michael Ackerman, whose works will be on display at theWorking Artist Studio/Patrick Gallery.

Art lovers will have plenty to do and see on Labor Day/Pinedorado weekend, with events planned Sept. 2 through 4.

The wacky 927 Art Show kicks things off with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at its new location: Cambria Center for the Arts (previous shows have been in the Veterans Memorial Building).

Kerry Drager, co-director of the CCA Gallery, described the entries as “nontraditional, if not downright zany.”

That’s what Cambrians have come to expect from the show, which emphasizes out-of-the-box (or frame) thinking, humor and funky themes. The show began as an opportunity to give local artists a chance to flex their creative muscle — hence the name 927, for Cambria’s primary phone prefix — but is now open to artists from all over.

Art Van Rhyn, who has entered something in the show every years since its inception, took one of four first-place nods last year and will be entered again this time.

His piece? A sculpture of Donald Trump (this one’s not naked), made out of foam and, appropriately, wire from campaign signs. He said that’s the material he’s found worked best for creating the framework for this kind of sculpture, making it durable even though it can be created relatively quickly.

Last year’s other first-place winners were Meki Heussen, Nancy Vest and Shelley Paton.

If Van Rhyn’s Trump sculpture doesn’t offer enough of a clue, category titles from the 2015 show indicate the kind of art you might expect to see: “Sensible Sanity” (politically and environmentally-themed works), “Outrageous Hilarity,” “Beastly Belligerence” (works with animal-related themes) and “Peculiar Sensitivities.” But this year’s categories have yet to be decided, Drager said, largely because of the new venue, which is smaller than the vets hall.

“So at this point, there might be a single big category or two categories, or possibly three like last year,” he said. “But we probably can’t confirm until late afternoon on take-in day.”

Take-in day — when entries will be accepted — is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The entry fee is $10.

The show’s reception will feature live music, a wine bar, refreshments and the presentation of awards. Admission is free, and the show will continue through Sept. 25 at the Old Cambria Grammar School/CCA building, 1350 Main St.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The same venue will host the one-day Art in the Parking Lot event during the gallery’s hours on Sunday, Sept. 4.

“We expect more than 20 artists to be on hand, with art ranging from paintings and photographs to sculptures, custom jewelry, fiber art and more,” Drager said.

Only the front lot will be closed during the show, with parking still available at the side and rear of the building. Details: 805-927-8190 or

Meanwhile, just down the street in Cambria’s West Village, Patrick Dennis’ Working Artist Studio/Patrick Gallery is hosting an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, for Michael Ackerman of Cambria. Ackerman’s works will be on display at there through the end of the year.

Dennis called Ackerman’s abstract paintings and metal works “an extraordinary counterpoint to the Central Coast esthetic.”

Ackerman is a builder, sculptor, painter, actor and teacher.

“I make things for one purpose: to be alive,” Ackerman said. “I don’t care about the form or the line or the color. I want it raw, like it really is.”

The Working Artist Studio/Patrick Gallery is at 815 Main St. For more information, call the gallery at 805-909-9522 or visit or