WEATHER »

Four Reasons to Check Out Persistence at SBCC

The Atkinson Gallery Unveils Abstract Works from 10 S.B. Artists


Making it as an artist is no easy feat, and no one knows that better than the group currently exhibiting at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery. For his first show of the New Year, gallery director Dane Goodman has curated a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures from Santa Barbara artists who’ve struggled to — and succeeded in — getting their works out there. The aptly titled Persistence is brimming with creations that run the gamut from dark, moody paintings to intricate and industrial multimedia constructions. Below, we highlight just a few of the artists on display. An opening reception for Persistence will be held this Friday, January 27, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display during gallery hours through Thursday, February 16. Call 965-0581 or visit gallery.sbcc.edu for info.

Joan Tanner's “Scoundrel & SlapFace.”
Click to enlarge photo

Wayne McCall

Joan Tanner’s “Scoundrel & SlapFace.”

1. Joan Tanner: Indianapolis-born mixed-media artist Joan Tanner brings an inventive and thought-provoking edge to Persistence’s eclectic lineup. Her sculpture “Scoundrel & SlapFace” is a twisted mix of wood and wire so intricate that it seems to have a specific, utilitarian purpose, yet it’s unfinished enough to reference the arts-and-crafts movement. No matter how you look at it, though, Tanner’s piece is a mind-bending sight to behold.

2. Hugh Margerum: Margerum’s paintings are a staple of the Santa Barbara art scene, and it’s no wonder why; his colorful mix of abstraction and impressionism seems to brighten every room it’s placed in. His “Reckoner” is a heady mix of cerulean blues, grays, and yellows, and his use of layering evokes a sense of depth that’s equal parts inviting and mind-altering.

3. Jerrold Burchman: UCLA grad Jerrold Burchman is a fan of big, boisterous brush strokes, and his contribution to Persistence, “Passeggiata” showcases this beautifully. The warm yellows and greens that fill Burchman’s panel call to mind a Midwestern corn harvest, and the smooth, arching lines that break up the space expertly contrast the short, abrupt strokes that lie within the frames.

4. Mary Heebner: Like Margerum’s, Heebner’s is a familiar name in the S.B. art world. Her acrylic work is some of the more stunning, intricate, and subtly evocative out there, and her contribution to this group show, “The Blues,” is equal parts color study and moody exercise in conveying emotion through abstraction.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Lawmakers Move to Impede Offshore Oil Leases

A pair of bills aim to counter the federal government's new push for production.

More Money Available for Santa Barbara County’s Disaster Victims

The United Way is giving to Santa Barbara nonprofits and offering direct cash grants.

Santa Barbara’s Commuter Train Brings Solid Ridership and Timely Service

The first two weeks of service have seen a daily average topping 180 riders.

Animal Care for New Cuyama

County Animal Services will host free and discount pet services on April 22.

Goleta’s Library Is Seeking Volunteers

The location is separating from Santa Barbara's system and needs help changing barcodes.