Patti Jacquemain

Patti Jacquemain, Wildling Museum founder and artist, creates a mosaic bear. 

Contributed Photo by Jeff McLoughlin

It isn’t every day the founder of a local museum appears in public to discuss her own work. Patrons of Solvang’s Wildling Museum of Art & Nature have a rare opportunity to meet Patti Jacquemain on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.

Jacquemain and her husband Dave started the Wildling Museum with 12 close friends and colleagues in 1997. The public is invited to hear about her artistic journey and most recent book, “Heads & Tales,” which focuses on Jacquemain’s mosaic depictions of local animal species. Books will be available for purchase, with the opportunity to have them signed by the author.

Also offered will be a screening of the new documentary “The Artist & The Great Bear,” directed by Jeff McLoughlin. It’s a short film about Jacquemain’s mission and art. Jacquemain portrays the California grizzly bear as both a beautiful animal and as a cautionary tale.

"Since I was a child, I have always loved art,” Jacquemain said. “Growing up on an 18-acre lemon ranch in Santa Barbara, I was continually outside in the creek or horseback riding in the backcountry, during which I gained a great love for nature.”

Born in Detroit, Jacquemain developed a love of the outdoors and the Central Coast. Upon graduation from high school, she attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles on a scholarship. She received her bachelor's degree in painting from UCSB in 1964 and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the same school in 1974.

“When I went to college, there was never any question that I would study art,” Jacquemain said. “In graduate school, I concentrated on printmaking (etching), but after I was introduced to woodblock relief printing (woodcuts), I was hooked and have worked in that media ever since.”

Jacquemain began her career by concentrating on drawing, painting and etching. She was introduced to the woodcut in 1974 and has worked principally in the relief process ever since. Most of her prints are made from wood and linoleum blocks, often inspired by her watercolors.

After taking a trip to Italy, Jacquemain said she fell in love with the beauty and permanency of the ancient art of mosaics. 

“While I experimented with many different art techniques, I discovered my enthusiasm truly was for woodblock printmaking and mosaics,” she said, “and that has continued until this day.”

Tickets to the Nov. 12 event are $5 for nonmembers and free to Wildling Museum members.

For tickets and information, visit www.wildlingmuseum.org or call 688-1082.

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