Bold Colors and Patterns Dominate at Upcoming Santa Monica Mountains Art Exhibit
When artist Lesley Goren moved to Topanga, she picked up a new hobby: trail running. The sport was so addicting that she altogether stopped making art, which was usually focused on architecture. After hundreds of miles of running in the Santa Monica Mountains, however, she eventually found her next subject, and it was in front of her the whole time: wildflowers, sages, and chaparral. That native plant-focused work, a mixed media bouquet of bold gouache colors and digital processing, will be on display and for sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center from November 2 through December 28 in an exhibit called Patterns of Nature.
“While running the trails, I had an epiphany that everything I need is in the mountains,” explained Goren, who then started a project called 100 Days of Native Plants on her Instagram account. “It helped me figure everything out: artistically, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I also feel we need to do our part to speak for the land.”
The public can meet Goren at an artist’s reception on Saturday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A portion of the funds from sales of her original work and prints will be donated to continue arts in the park.
The visitor center is located at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2302.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.