Brush with Art: California Dreaming, Italian style

Brush with Art: California Dreaming, Italian style
Gary Lang’s “Untitled” acrylic on canvas abstract painting, from the private collection of Doug Simay, will travel to Italy with the California Dreaming exhibition before returning for exhibit in Oceanside Museum of Art and Riverside Art Museum. Courtesy photo

Oceanside Museum of Art has initiated one of its most exciting programs to date with California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California.

The three-part travelling juried exhibition gives artists an opportunity to explore the celebrated lifestyle, influences, and environs of Southern California while also gaining international exposure for their artwork.

From October 2014 to July 2015 California Dreaming will travel for exhibition to three venues: Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone near Rome, Italy; Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA); and Riverside Art Museum.

According to Daniel Foster, Executive Director of OMA, “California Dreaming is one of the most ambitious exhibitions in the history of the museum. I believe this international traveling exhibition to three quality museum locations will forge a new chapter in the museum’s young and highly respected history.”

Julia Fister, OMA’s director of education expresses her enthusiasm, “We are thrilled to be presenting this three-part international exhibition opportunity. It reflects a unique part of Oceanside Museum of Art’s mission to inspire the public with exceptional contemporary art forms. Our two partners, Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone and Riverside Art Museum, are outstanding institutions and we look forward to this standout collaboration.”

Artists are encouraged to participate in the exhibition by submitting original or limited edition works that creatively interpret Southern California’s iconic culture. Submissions are open to all visual artists working two-dimensionally in any art medium, including photography and digital art.  Entries from the full spectrum of genres are encouraged — from portraiture to landscape to total abstraction — while reflecting a sense of Southern California.

Entries will be accepted exclusively through onlinejuriedshows.com, which includes a detailed prospectus with guidelines and instructions for entry before the July 18

deadline.

Foster speculates, “We anticipate tremendous interest of artists and patrons in this exhibition project and opportunity… and for obvious reasons. Southern California is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and unique locales on the planet.”

Exhibition jurors include Daniel Foster, Drew Oberjuerge of Riverside Art Museum, and highly regarded Los Angeles-based art critic/curator Peter Frank. In addition to juried selections, a limited number of artworks will be included in the exhibition that reflect the vision of California Dreaming and further enhance the scholarship and strength of this traveling exhibition.

Concurrent with the Italian segment of the exhibition in October, OMA will host an eight-day Italy Art Adventure, including an exclusive tour of the Borghese Gallery in Rome, led by Alfio Borghese of the noble Borghese family and a behind-the-scenes view of the California Dreaming exhibition at the Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone.

The tour, which runs Oct. 20 to Oct. 28, will visit cultural landmarks in the environs of Florence and Rome with lodging at a picturesque villa in the panoramic hills near Cortona. Information on the tour is available at oma-online.org.

Artists wishing to participate in the juried exhibition are invited to visit onlinejuriedshows.com for the detailed prospectus and instructions prior to the July 18 deadline for entries.

For more information on Oceanside Museum of Art visit oma-online.org.

Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at  kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com

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