Are you an artist with work focusing on our local dunes? Would you like to have your own local exhibit? The Dunes Center is seeking an artist to feature in our gallery with work focusing on the local dunes ecosystem (beaches, dunes, plants, animals), in the medium of their choice. If you are interested, e-mail, mail or drop off an artist summary and samples of your work at the Dunes Center. A open house reception is included.
Past Featured Artists
This photo was taken by local artist, Jules Reuter, in the Pismo State Beach Dunes Preserve.
This July the Dunes Center will be exhibiting artwork themed reThink which will consist of art created by locals out of trash. The purpose behind this activity is to encourage the average citizens to reconceptualize the items we throw away every day. The exhibit will be on display from July through October of this year. We encourage you to get involved and reThink by creating your own trash inspired art!
You can participate in several ways. The first is by creating art from trash picked up. Conveniently, ECOSLO will be hosting a Coastal Cleanup Day on June 8th to pick up debris from the Japanese Tsunami that took place two years ago. Participants can also create art from items that an average person would typically throw away.
Featured Artwork at the Dunes Center Gallery
Our current exhibit includes acrylic paintings by Betsee Talavera. Our gallery is located in our Interpretive Center, 1065 Guadalupe Street, in Guadalupe, CA. Interpretive Center hours are Thursday through Sunday 10am -4pm, or call us at 805.343.2455 to schedule an appointment.
Inspiration in the Dunes
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex has long been considered a unique place where artists find inspiration and subject. Ansel Adams and Edward Weston both photographed the dunes. The Dunites spent countless hours painting, writing about, and contemplating the beauty and serenity that can be found here. The dunes still inspire artists of all types practicing in widely varying techniques and formats.
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center launched the Gallery at the Dunes Center in the spring 2010 to provide a venue for local artists to exhibit work that is influenced by the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex and the natural world. We hope to inspire our members and visitors, by connecting them with artists who find inspiration in our dunes complex. This space was inaugurated with a gallery opening featuring local photographers Cathy Gregg and Jules Reuter, and local illustrator Carol Daniels.
The Gallery at the Dunes Center changes exhibits quarterly. Exhibits are determined by the Art Subcommittee of the Board of Directors. Submissions are requested electronically and should include a description of the proposed structure of the exhibit, specific dimensions, specifics about the medium, and sample images of each piece that are in the proposed exhibit.
Artists are chosen based on the merits of their proposed exhibit and work as evaluated by the Art Subcommittee of the Board of Directors.
The characteristics that the Art Subcommittee of the Board of Directors evaluates are:
Artwork is original.
Relationship to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes and the natural world.
The proposed exhibit can be accommodated by the gallery space available.
Is the artwork unique in any way?
These criteria are not exclusive nor are they exhaustive. Artwork will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the process will be competitive. Artists can propose an exhibit that will take up one, two, or all three available walls. That being said, artwork taking up one or two walls will generally have a better chance than proposed exhibits requiring all three walls. We do, however, encourage artists to propose what they think will best demonstrate their artwork in the Gallery at the Dunes Center.
We encourage you to contact us at the number below to discuss your proposal!
For general information contact the Dunes Center at 805-343-2455 or online at email@example.com