"Bring on the Color" Art Exhibit at Hillcrest Center for the Arts November 8, 2019 through January 7, 2020

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The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents BRING ON THE COLOR! with art pieces from eight artists. The show will hang November 6, 2019 through January 7, 2020 at the Hillcrest Galleria in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, located at 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks. Seven outstanding artists will be exhibiting their fun, bright art in different mediums, for those who are drawn to color.

Paul Finkel, MD was inspired to create digital photography of people, landscapes and wildlife through his worldwide travels. These subjects were presented in his 2006 exhibition Explorations at the Healing Arts Gallery. He was an invited participant in the Photography Vision Six exhibition at the Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, also in 2006. A single photograph of a Plexiglas stairway taken in Iceland in 2012 later revealed amazing layers of unexpected reflections. Through an amalgamation of digital images and digital painting he represented these fleeting and commonly-ignored reflected images to present unique perspectives. These images were the subject of his solo exhibition, “Reflections” at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Arts in 2016. His current work continues to explores new ways of presenting the “ordinary” as “extraordinary”.

Rod Seeley was born in Los Angeles and lives in Southern California. He studied some art while in college but only began creating digital art in early 2010. “I am a mixed technique Digital Artist, the computer, a mouse, and imagination are my tools,” says Seeley. “Vibrant colors, use of shapes, abstraction and fractal art are the base of my creative artwork.”

Geri Schonberg is a professional mixed media area artist, working in Southern California. Her paintings have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States. She was President of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley and currently is curator for UBS Investment Bank exhibits in Westlake Village.

Brent Hanson is an award-winning artist and native Californian who paints bold, vivid, colorful, and often intense arboreal works, florals, abstract figurative works and non-representational abstracts. He can often be found in his studio at Studio Channel Islands.

Kathryn Kearney is a California native who paints with paper - after discovering the beauty in colorful papers from all over the world include vintage ephemera, stamps and magazines. Kathryn has won numerous awards, has been featured in several local shows, publications, and galleries, and teaches workshops on the art of paper collage.

Sandra Sue Ford is a painter who mainly works in florals. “A flower kind of evolves on its own with its own petals and personality," says Ford. "The petals can droop, they can overlap. It's very freeing. And the colors that you use can develop the personality of the rose."

Rick Horn captures and preserves images and was heavily influenced as a young child by magazines such as Life, Look and National Geographic. His first camera was a Brownie Box, and he received early training in a night-school class darkroom where he developed black and white photos. Now he works with digital Nikon cameras that allow his passion for capturing images to make the subjects look their best.

Curators are John Johnson and Connie Tunick, members of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Board of Directors.

The Arts Council for the Conejo Valley (ACCV) was established in 1969. During its over four decade span, the ACCV has gone through extensive changes in its programs and services. Established as a regional Federation of Arts organization that was formed to promote the community’s cultural development, the ACCV has evolved into a membership support agency that also delivers and co-sponsors many cultural programs. Member services include marketing, technical assistance workshops, and lowered rent at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. The ACCV has a history of successful partnership in the community. It has joined forces and worked toward a common with three major partners – the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. The ACCV, in collaboration with Art Trek, created the Conejo Cottontail Project to promote public art throughout the community.

The Hillcrest Galleria is opened during business hours and some evenings and weekends and is free to the public. There will be an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Hillcrest Galleria and reservations are required. For reservations please email conejoarts@gmail.com. For information visit www.conejoarts.com.