'Women at Work' on exhibit

"Geisha with a Ball" by Jayne Behman will be on display in the "Women at Work: 3 Artistic Visions" exhibition at Gallery Los Olivos during July.

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"Women at Work: 3 Artistic Visions" is the title of a new exhibition at Gallery Los Olivos that will be on display through the month of July. The artists are Jayne Behman, Julie Fish and Patti Robbins.

"I can assure these won't be your typical California landscape paintings," said Robbins, Gallery Los Olivos publicity chair.

The three artists, all of whom are in-studio painters, met through Gallery Los Olivos (an artists-owned cooperative) and have been friends for many years, Behman said. 

Robbins is a "real time painter," according to Behman. Her paintings are colorful, show movement and are understandable.

Fish's painting style is almost childlike. She uses large simple forms for the main subjects and short strokes to add movement. Her pictures illustrate what is swimming around in her head.

Behman described herself as a "process painter." She uses a variety of materials in a way to convey color compatibility and offsetting movement to create overall effect. It is her vision that what is on the canvas is only a small part of the environment.

Mary Ann Norbom is Lifestyle Editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News. Follow her on Twitter @MANorbomSYVNews

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