FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Double Trouble Redux:
Four Couples Eight Viewpoints January 18 – February 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 5 – 8 p.m.
Virginia McCracken & Philip Koplin Penny McCall & Wayne McCall Nathan Hayden & Hannah Vainstein Sandra Liddell Reese & Harry Reese
January 8, 2013: The Arts Fund is pleased to feature an exhibition of eight Santa Barbara area artists who are couples. Curated by Arts Fund board member Nancy Gifford, Double Trouble Redux: Four Couple Eight Viewpoints will be held in The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205C Santa Barbara Street in Santa Barbara, CA. A public reception will be held in the gallery on Friday January 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The exh ibition continues through Saturday, February 23, 2013. Arts Fund Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 pm. , Saturday 11 – 5 p.m. by appointment. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Double Trouble will feature artist couples Virginia McCracken and Philip Koplin, Sandra Liddell Reese and Harry Reese, Penny Mast McCall and Wayne McCall, and Hannah Rose Vainstein and Nathan Hayden. Vanstein and Hayden are designing a multi-media installation for their space, while the other couples are drawing from new and existing inventories of work to portray their domestic and aesthetic relationships. Double Trouble Redux is the second exhibition devised by board member and curator, Nancy Gifford; In 2011, Gifford curated Double Trouble: Married to Art and Each Other. According to Gifford, “I came up a concept and now have asked the artists to run with it, inviting viewers to consider the social and inspirational dynamics of creative couples—a unique but not uncommon perspective.”
According to Arts Fund Executive Director Catherine Gee, “the establishment of our new community gallery program and expansion of our physical gallery has created more space for larger exhibitions showcasing more artists each year with a diverse breadth of work. Double Trouble Redux is no exception, and The Arts Fund is excitedtoshowcasefourmoreincredibleartistcouples.” TheArtsFundGallerywascreatedwithgeneroussupport fromArts Fund board members, the late Barry Berkus, and The Santa Barbara Foundation. Since its establishment it has produced over 100 exhibitions featuring Santa Barbara County artists and students of all ages. The Arts Fund Gallery is supported through artwork sales, donations and private foundations. For more information, visit www.artsfundsb.org.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS IN DOUBLE TROUBLE
Virginia McCracken and Philip Koplin. Virginia is a Santa Barbara-based artist who creates small-scale works in various media, including assemblage, collage, and acrylic paint on panel. Her assemblages are created in small boxes, and many are inhabited by papier-mache characters. McCracken has been making work for over 30 years; her work has been shown in venues in California, Washington State, and New York City and is in collections both nationally and internationally. Also working for many decades, Philip creates whimsical drawings and paintings of small, abstract beings in graphite, charcoal and paint. He has exhibited widely in Santa Barbara.
Sandra Liddell Reese and Harry Reese Jane. Harry Reese makes prints, artists’ books, paintings, and public art installations. In partnership with Sandra Liddell Reese, he publishes limited edition prints and books for their Turkey Press imprint. Featuring handmade paper, typography and design, traditional and experimental prints, innovative book structures, and collaborations with artists and poets, Turkey Press publications are collected in major museums and libraries. Its archives were purchased by the Getty Center in 1992. Recent exhibitions include diverse venues such as the Luis Angel Arango Library (Bogotá, Colombia), Deutsches Bucherei (Leipzig, Germany), Instituto de Artes Graficos (Oaxaca, Mexico), Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica, CA), Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Ketchum, Idaho), and Arts of the Book Collection (Yale University). He received his Master of Arts degree from Brown University.
Penny Mast McCall and Wayne McCall. Penny works in fiber art and Wayne works in photography. The couple has exhibited widely in Santa Barbara as well as Los Angeles, Washington, and New York. Exibitions include: SB/ART: The View from Here, collaboration with Penny McCall, group exhibition, East/West Gallery and Cabinet of Curiosities, Wayne & Penny McCall, Window Space, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Hannah Rose Vainstein and Nathan Hayden. Nathan received his BFA from Miami University (OH) in 2001 and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.Spending the first eight years of his life living with his family in log cabin built by his father in rural West Virginia, Hayden began his early exploration of drawing and woodcarving and developed an interest in the naturally occurring forms and patterns he encountered while playing in the woods. Influenced by these childhood experiences he employs multiple mediums
including painting on industrial felt, installations incorporating spun wool, drawing, text and dancing. Hayden has exhibited nationally, including exhibitions at the Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Sam Lee Gallery, Domestic Setting and the Marine Salon, and site specific installations at the Loom, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Atkinson Gallery, Manhattan Beach Art Center and Hite Art Institute. Hannah received her Bachelors or Art from the College of Creative Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara; she also received her Bachelors of Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has exhibited at Atkinson Gallery, UCSB,and at the Slade School.
The Arts Fund (www.artsfundsb.org) was established in 1983 with a mission to create, fund and administer programs and projects that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to act as a catalyst maximizing the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships amongst arts organizations.
The Arts Fund is best known as the sponsor of the annual Individual Artist Awards (IAA), a juried competition open to local artists, and the Teen Arts Mentorship Program, which, for over a decade, has paired promising young artists with professional master artists in a workshop setting. In 2001, The Arts Fund opened its own gallery, located at the corner of Yanonali and Santa Barbara Streets. Gallery sales and private donations are an important and essential source of funding for the organization so please visit www.artsfundsb.org to learn more about supporting the arts in Santa Barbara. The Arts Fund gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 1-5 pm. and by appointment.