A collection of curated art celebrating the expanse and beauty of the open night sky will debut at the Wildling Museum in Solvang on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 3-5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through June 15.
The opening reception for "Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky" will feature a range of media, including a selection of poetry produced by Dan Gerber, paintings and photography curated by Stacey Otte-Demangate, Wilding executive director and Lauren Sharp.
Astrophotography captured by Goleta’s Las Cumbres Observatory telescope network, to the nocturne paintings of early California artists Fernand Lungren, Lockwood de Forest and Charles Rollo Peters, will be on display.
Contemporary dreamscapes by Nathan Huff, twilight desert landscapes by Eric Merrell, and night sky photography, including recent works by third-generation photographer Marc Muench, are among the works encompassing the exhibition.
Starry Nights also serves to illuminate the growing issue of light pollution – a modern phenomenon currently reported to impact more than 83% of the world’s population.
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The Wildling Museum will hold a special artist panel discussion to commemorate the final day of the Celebrating the National Lands of California exhibition, featuring four artists Patricia Hedrick, James Hodgson, Alan Sonneman (First Place), and Nancy Yaki (Third Place).
Pianist Lynne Garrett and violinist Mary Beth Woodruff will open the Lompoc Music Association’s 2020 concert schedule with a show scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ in Vandenberg Village.
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Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.
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