DESCRIPTION A Santa Paula resident for nearly a century, Douglas Shively (1896-1991) contributed to the community as a banker and a rancher, but was best known as a California Impressionist with a talent for graceful and vivid landscapes. As an artist, Douglas was largely self-taught. Although he took formal studio courses, he felt he learned most by working with George Otis, Paul Sample, Ralph Holmes, Robert Clunie, Jessie Arms and Cornelis Botke and other significant landscape painters of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. The influence of his artist friends Jessie Arms Botke and her husband Cornelis Botke led to the inspiration for the annual Santa Paula Art Show. He founded the Santa Paula Art Show in 1937, now the longest running show of its kind in California. Douglas chaired the committee for 30 years. That show was sponsored for many years by the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce; and since 1993 has been presented by the Santa Paula Society of the Arts. This year the Society will host the 75th Santa Paula Art Show exhibit. The Santa Paula Art Museum is now the repository for many of the winning entires from the Santa Paula Art Show.
A prolific and disciplined artist, he generally completed a painting in two days, covering the entire canvas on the first with lights and darks and basic shapes, and then later crafting the details of a natural setting on the second. Often he incorporated innovative techniques such as painting in the skies with his thumb. As a skillful colorist, his landscapes appear natural and dramatically vivid. His subject matter was predictable. While he took many painting trips abroad, the vast majority of his paintings were done locally. His favorite haunts: Morro Bay, Point Lobos, Rincon, and other sites along the California coast, the Ventura County foothills, backcountry and valleys, local landmarks and many scenes of beautiful sycamores. His work was so esteemed that between 1932 and 1985 he sold nearly a thousand paintings, many of which presently exist in local private and public collections.
Douglas Shively was a member of the California Art Club, the Buenaventura Art Association, and the Santa Paula Society of the Arts. He is well remembered for his many civic contributions, providing the seed money for the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula and the Santa Paula Hospital. In 1968 the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year and in 1979 he was proud to have authored his book Recollections of a Country Banker. On August 5, 1991, Douglas passed away in Santa Paula.
Event Category & Type: Natural History ( Exhibits & Exhibitions)
VENUE Santa Paula Art Museum 117 N. 10th Street Santa Paula, CA 93060
TICKETING Ticket Pricing: From $3.00 to $4.00 Phone: (805) 525-5554 Internet: Website
OTHER This event is: - Open to the Public - Indoor - Handicapped Accessible - NON Smoking - Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted, but with some restrictions - Cameras & Recording Permitted, but with some restrictions - NO Pets & Animals - All Welcome