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David Eddington at the Vita Art Center
Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday June 1 from 4-7pm

  • $10. (members free)

  • First Friday free Community Opening: June 7 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Exhibit Dates: June 1 - June 21

    David Eddington's more recent paintings seem to liberate former realist imagery from its bearings and subject it to a kind of dream limbo. This liberation finds the figures in assorted landscapes of vibrant color; pastoral yet rarified, like in the grounds of an old stately home, complete with lakes and sometimes birds, quizzically observing the most recent newcomers.

    This liberation from realism comes at a cost. Much like Adam and Eve, leaving the Garden of Eden, Eddington's subjects become part of the vicissitudes of life. Unprotected from the static place they once inhabited, yet still maintaining the innocence of their former life, we witness their interactions as they are touched by both life’s wonder and vitality and its inevitable arc into eventual decay.

    The atmosphere within each painting is one of colorful excitement, where we can experience something primordial within the walled garden of the aforementioned stately home. Veiled erotic vitality and new growth are always nearby.

    His brushwork is both trained and fine, assertive and bold, from carefully shaded tone sculpting forms, to the ecstatic quality of a dancing brush. His process is one of discovery rather than production; figures - the main actors in an opening scene of a painting, might only spend half a scene on the paintings stage, gradually being painted out only to end up as two dancing bones by the final chapter. - Colin Fraser Gray , May 2019

    Born in Bedfordshire, England, David Eddington is best known for his large-scale paintings, rendered in acrylic on linen. He obtained a diploma in mural painting from the Central School in Holborn, London, post-graduate diploma in environmental design from Hornsey College of Art in London, and a master’s degree in the social and political influences in art from the University of Trent in Nottingham. In 2000, the artist relocated to the United States from England. The move coincided with an evolution from figurative, almost photorealistic renderings to a style that is more expressive. Eddington has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has lectured extensively at several institutions, including: California State University, Northridge, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Tulane University, California State University, Long Beach, Plymouth University in Devonshire and Derby University in Derbyshire. He received the British Council Award in 1987 and 1994. Eddington currently resides in Venice, California.

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CABADAGRAY GALLERY at the Vita Art Center
Marie Schoeff

Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday June 1 from 4-7pm

$10. (members free)

  • First Friday Community Opening: June 7 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Exhibit Dates: June 1 - June 21

    Working in a range of sizes and materials, from mural-size to postcard-size drawings, paintings and prints, Marie Schoeff has undertaken an extended search into mark making as a trace. She investigates how marks record the passage of time, are a vestige of being and bear witness to what we have seen.

    She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Her works are featured in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westmont College, AT&T and others. She is a recipient of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Individual Artist Award in Drawing.

    A noted teacher, Schoeff has been active in the Art Department at Westmont College for fifteen years and was a member of the art studio department of Santa Barbara City College for twenty years. Additionally, she has been a visiting artist at Illinois State University and the Wichita Center for the Arts.

    Ms. Schoeff, a native Californian, studied as an undergraduate at California State University, Sacramento with faculty artists Oliver Lee Jackson, Jim Nutt, Frank Lapena and Robert Else. She received her MFA degree in New York City at Hunter College where she studied with noted painters Ron Gorchov, Ralph Humphrey, Sanford Wurmfeld and seminal art critic and historian, Rosalind Krauss.