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Drought Resistant Kicks Off with Exhibit by Cathy Ellis

02 Jun 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous

This summer, Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture is hosting Drought Resistant, a series of solo shows by local female artists. In response to a shortage of contemporary art venues in the Santa Barbara’s otherwise rich art world, curator Patrick Melroy has collected a trio of women who have persevered through this dry spell and continued to advance their artistic practice, despite not having a lot of room to spread out.


Background: Shots From the Sky by Cathy Ellis, 2014


Drought Resistant will feature the work of a different artist each month through August, beginning with the talented Cathy Ellis. Educated at Sonoma State University and UCSB, Ellis has become known for her dramatic displays of color and skillful compositions. Her paintings reveal a thoughtful mind at work on the shifting perceptions of memory and mistake, luring viewers into filling in the backstory and constructing their own meaning out of the elegantly splotchy figures and landscapes. 

 Ellis has exhibited her work nationally at venues including the MCA Santa Barbara, the Minan Gallery in Los Angeles, and San Francisco's Southern Exposure. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.

Ellis’ exhibit runs from June 1-June 30, with an opening reception on June 4 from 5pm-8pm at CJM::LA (300 E. Canon Perdido St. #C-2).


Stay tuned for more on next month’s artist!

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