Santa Paula Art Museum
117 N. 10th Street
Santa Paula, CA  93060

(805) 525-5554
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   The Santa Paula Art Museum is the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula Art Collection. Containing over 300 pieces, among its most famous artists are works of the Botkes, both Jessie Arms and Cornelis, who lived on their ranch and worked in their studio in a near-by secluded canyon. Among the other represented plein air artists are native son and life-long resident Douglas Shively and a one-time local Robert Clunie
    The valuable assemblage represents the accumulation of award winning entries in the Santa Paula Art Show which began in 1937 or as gifted memorials. It remains the oldest juried show in California and the Collection is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the state. The Santa Paula Art Museum is an exceptional institution with an extraordinary compilation!
    The Mission of the Santa Paula Art Museum is to preserve and share Santa Paula’s artistic heritage; and to educate and engage the community through Collection, exhibition, interpretation, programming and outreach.
    The Santa Paula Art Museum was established as a not-for-profit organization to preserve and share Santa Paula’s artistic heritage known as the Santa Paula Collection.
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    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Antiquities Museum
    Art Museum
    Historic Site

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    Non Profit - 501(c)(3)
    During normal business hours.
    Indoor Location
Parking On-Site?
Handicapped Accessible?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
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    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
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 Recent Buzzes!!
10/23/13 - The 20th De Colores Art Show premieres Saturday 26th Opening Reception Sunday.
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The 20th De Colores Art Show, a celebration of Latino culture, heritage and iconography, will premiere at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Saturday, October 26, 2013 with an opening reception to follow on Sunday, October 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The De Colores Art Show was established in 1995 by Santa Paula artist and activist Xavier Montes. After 18 successful shows, Montes resigned as curator, but not before appointing highly esteemed local artist Andrea Vargas-Mendoza as his successor. De Colores illustrates the long history and many layers of Latino culture, including traditional and contemporary iconography, environments filled with vibrant color, a search for identity and most importantly, family.
5/17/13 - Third Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction -- 5/19 @ 3 PM
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You are cordially invited to the Santa Paula Art Museum's Third Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction to be held at the Museum on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The event will feature both a silent and a live auction. Wine and hors d'oeuvres catered by Mupu Grill will also be served.
The Museum has gathered many special and collectible items, which can all be previewed in the catalog below. Just click on the "expand" button below to open the catalog in our webviewer. You can then turn the pages and even zoom in and out to read background information on many of the items and see them in detail!
And don't forget, the silent auction begins at 3 p.m. with the live auction to follow at 4:30 p.m. The cost of admission to the event is $15.00 for Museum Members and $20.00 for non-members. Thank you to our auction sponsors Calavo, Mupu Grill, Rotary Club of Santa Paula, Santa Clara Valley Bank and Santa Paula Community Bank for making this event possible.
Presented by ... Santa Paula Art Museum
Venue ... Santa Paula Art Museum  Website
2/11/13 - Save the Date! -- Art About AG -- February 14
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Mark your calendars for a regular series of talks shared by the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum. Join us every second Thursday of the month at 2 and 3 p.m. for a walk through the galleries of both museums, led by the county's best artists, curators and educators.
ART @ 3 p.m.: ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE - Help us celebrate the Art Museum's third anniversary with a talk by one of our favorite artists, Gail Pidduck! Pidduck co-founded the Ag Art Alliance with gallery owner John Nichols as well as co-curates the annual Art About Agriculture exhibit. Learn about agriculture in our county through the eyes of an incredible artist.
Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum.  Website
2/7/13 - The Santa Paula Art Museum Presents- Painters-in-Action Live Art Demonstration -- February 10
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On February 10, the Museum’s Great Hall will be transformed into a casual working studio for oil painter Gina Niebergall, one of our favorite Ventura County artists who is featured in the current Art About Agriculture exhibit. Gina was born and raised in Ventura, California. She received her formal art education at Cabrillo Junior College in Aptos, California and her B.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies.
Her love for the extraordinary qualities of the southern California landscape - from ocean to oaks to desert and farm land – is clearly shown in her paintings and in her ability to capture the breathtaking depth, color and light that is unique to our state. Her works document fleeting moments in life and landscape as both are constantly changing. During the demonstration, Niebergall will also share her perspectives on art, technique and subject matter.
Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum.  Website
1/10/13 - Second Thursday Gallery Talks
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Thursday, January 10, 2013 AG @ 2 p.m.: ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE - Gallery owner and photographer John Nichols co-counded the Ag Art Alliance with painter Gail Pidduck. Together Nichols and Pidduck created the annual Art About Agriculture exhibits. Nichols will talk about the 5th annual Art About Agriculture exhibit currently on view at the Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum. ART @ 3 p.m.: DE COLORES ART SHOW - Talented local artist Andrea Vargas is the new director of the very popular annual De Colores Art Show currently on display at the Art Museum. Vargas will discuss her fresh approach to curating the Latino-themed show this year, its significance for the local community and plans for the show's future.   Website
12/14/12 - The Santa Paula Art Museum Presents -Art About Agriculture
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Art About Agriculture is an agricultural themed art exhibit presented by the Ag Art Alliance. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil, and to the food that goes on our plates.
Art About Agriculture features art by over 50 artists working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration includes, but is not limited to, depictions of rural life and landscape, farm animals and products, and art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture. All work in the exhibit will be for sale. The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols to promote a greater appreciation of the place of agriculture in our lives by revealing the many facets of agriculture through the eyes of artists.
Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum.  Website
7/24/12 - Check out Student Art at the Next Generation Student Art Show
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Next Generation, inspired in part by the Museum’s current Carlisle Cooper Retrospective on exhibit in the main gallery, highlights the significance of the collaboration between artist and teacher. Carlisle Cooper, an art instructor at Ventura College for almost fifty years, is a perfect example of the profound influence a teacher can have on their artist student. The students featured in Next Generation were specially selected by their own teachers for their emerging talents and unique perspectives on art.
The student show features fifty pieces of art in a variety of two and three-dimensional mediums. The works are bold and thought-provoking as they explore a variety of themes including human connection, mythology, and science. Each artwork is accompanied by a narrative written by both teacher and student describing how each has been inspired by the other.
Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum.  Website
2/14/12 - Douglas Shively Retrospective
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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 b  Website
1/13/12 - Santa Paula Art Museum Call To Artists
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Purpose of Exhibit The purpose of the exhibit is to emulate the first Santa Paula Art Show and to explore what in our local landscape has stayed the same since 1937 and what has changed. We may also make comparisons to works from the early years of the Santa Paula Art Show. A stipulation in the first show was that art work had to have subject matter within an 8 mile radius of Santa Paula. Eligibility Then and Now, A look back at the Santa Paula Art Show is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in any media. The art work must contain subject matter within an 8 mile radius of Santa Paula, which was a stipulation in the first Santa Paula Art Show. All styles of work are considered: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, batik, metals, and tapestry. Specifications Artists may enter a maximum of 3 works. Work should not exceed 150 pounds and the size limit is 36” x 48”. Wall hung work must be framed and ready for hanging. Works on paper should be glazed. The Santa Paula Art Museum reserves the right at all times to exclude any work that presents complex exhibition challenges. Only work not previously shown in at the Santa Paula Art Museum will be considered. Entry Requirements Selection will be made from digital images emailed to the Santa Paula Art Museum at or sent by mail on a CD with 1-3 images (300 pixels per inch at about 4x5 inches. This size usually reproduces well in newspapers and magazines. If the image is too large for email use a service like Pando or YouSendIt). No PowerPoint or similar presentations. Include name, contact information, medium, titles, sizes, and prices. Images must be received by February 13, 2012.  Email   Website
11/1/11 - Art About Agriculture Opening Exhibit Reception -- November 5
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Opening Reception of new exhibit- Art About Agriculture! ----- Spend an evening at the Museum and enjoy art, wine and hors d'oeuvres. ----- Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum.  Email   Website
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