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From June 2 through July 4 the Art Center is pleased to exhibit the work of Ivanie Finsvik & Lesley Thompson.
Finsvik, who lived most of her life near Yellowstone Parkand now lives in Santa Barbara, will present her paintings capturing the hidden life of creatures in the wild, ranch animals involved in the tasks of their daily life, as well as sea lions and other regional fauna of the south coast.
Her work has been exhibited at the Wildling Museum in Solvang, CA and published in the Pastel Journal, Southwest Art and Range magazines. “Easy Rider” a painting of a sea lion resting on a buoy, won inclusion in the Pastel Journal’s annual “Pastel 100 Competition.”
She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, California Art Club, Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Santa Barbara Visual Artists, Santa Barbara Artist’s Association, and S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment.)
Along with Finsvik, internationally recognized Ojai artist Leslie Thompson will be exhibiting her ceramics and weaving.
Leslie’s work has progressed from her coveted porcelain in intricate black and white patterns on gracefully curved surfaces, to include the accompanying pieces in two dimensional woven in wool. Her weaving employs a a rich range of colors and designs often inspired by the art of the American Southwest.
Especially noteworthy are her mulitcolor beaded necks on some of Leslie’s pottery form a visual bridge with her woven art.