Three Artists' Work Highlighted at Buenaventura Gallery October 11 to November 11

El Capitan Beach by Lorna Amundson

El Capitan Beach by Lorna Amundson

Gallery’s shows highlight three artists

Three Oxnard artists — photographers Julianne Martin and Tomi Murphy and watercolorist Lorna Amundson — will be featured in individual shows Oct. 10-Nov. 11 at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

All three women plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the gallery.

Martin’s “Other Worlds” photos and Murphy’s “Faces” will be displayed in the Clophine Dooley Gallery; Amundson’s “Transparent Watercolors. Yosemite to the Central Coast” will cover the Buenaventura Art Association’s red gallery walls.

Martin, who called herself “a new exhibiting photographer,” said she has shown her work for only a couple of years and earned several awards, but has taken pictures for many years and has a “huge library of photos.” She will show 15-20 framed photographs and have additional prints available.

“My general theme is a focus on the beauty of nature. This show emphasizes a wider variety of unique and unusual settings that evoke the imagination,” Martin said. “More recently, I have delved into night photography, creatively working with very long exposure times, and have interesting and unique photos.”

Murphy also will have about 20 photos on display and offer photo books for sale. She has been creating fine art photography for 11 years, portraiture is her specialty, and said, “This show is literately about faces, people I met in the last 10-15 years who impressed me.”

The challenge, she said, is “producing images that do not look like snapshots or staged portraits. … I don’t artificially manufacture scenes to achieve the images I desire — I just never stop looking for beauty as I live my life.”

Amundson plans to hang about 25 framed paintings, have an equal number unframed, and offer dozens of different cards. Her show will include landscapes and seascapes, most painted on location in Yosemite and along the Central Coast of California.

She studied biology and botany, earned a degree in parasitology, and was on the faculty of Southeast Missiouri State University for 10 years before moving to California in 1974. Amundson said she took up painting in her mid-50s, began painting more regularly in her late 60s, is largely self-taught, and worked exclusively en plain air until this year, when she began trying different approaches, “using photographs or just making it up.

“My favorite part of watercolor is when quick, strategic strokes of just the right degree of color and wetness work magic, capture the essence of where and what I am seeing, and don’t get screwed up later,” she said.

Works by many other BAA members will be presented in the remaining gallery space during these shows, after which the nonprofit will offer its annual Holiday Boutique in late November and December.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the Buenaventura Art Association, a 63-year-old artists cooperative, and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.