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Sunday, July 20, 2014

FUNNY, ODD, OUTRAGEOUS AND VERY GOOD

A CONCLAVE OF THE ECLECTIC
CAMBRIA'S 927
The easily offended should not enter
    For such a small village, Cambria is many things; charming, curious and an art colony. 927, named for the local phone prefix, the annual "non traditional" art show is a  conspiracy of all of the above.
 Pleased to see a couple of Lana's pieces in the 927 Hall of Fame, including her best of show Well Traveled Woman sculpture.
 My choice for best title of the year is the frame below-
   Musician and mac guru Rick Auricchio's Beta Dead Than Red
  927 Founder, painter sculptor and newspaper cartoonist 
Art Van Rhyn drew on the drought as his continuing character Mrs. Fosdick Tends Her Roses.
 Lana won the Cambria Center for the Arts Theater Award
for her paper mache' Buddy Can You Spare a Drop?
   Themes other than California's water woes were evident

 Carol Flash calls the above watercolor Hi Moon
   Portrait of a Selfie was a crowd favorite.
   Cambria's artisans also produced enduring beauties-
   Fox Garney entered these lovely pieces with the unique 
titles Let's Get A Handle on the Water Situation and its companion porcelain You've Got Balls to Say That. 
 Weaver Michele Pike titled this Disregard for History-it is woven from an old cassette tape.
 Annie Lawrence's Good Egg.

    J'nett Wolff's Water Witch, with running water was potable, as she said.
      Beverly Whitaker's Old News is that indeed, rolled newspapers.
     Richard Morriss is a sculptor who can re-purpose objects.
   Painter Pat Wilmott's All Those In Favor-The Eyes Have It had a lot of eyes on it.
As did Tish Rogers' departure for Wonderland.

    This is but a small sampling of the kind of non traditional art, Cambria's serious artists, hobbyists and playful residents turn out for the annual 927 which provokes a lot of smiles.  
     And as this is Cambria, curious, charming, eclectic and all, there was controversy over The Best of Show selection. Some were offended, others thought it humorous while still in very poor taste.
      The piece called PETA Pussy was done by Carol Meuneir and Mena Granatino. It is a mummified cat, dressed up. We were told it was found beneath their porch.  What do you think?
 NOW SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT
   No contest here.  Lana's most recent baking effort.
   And the poached pear from Maestro Giovanni at Harmony Cafe.

   Bon Apetit' and see you down the trail.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this art show with us. I feel like I was there. I find little art offensive, certainly work that flaunts child porn, but these pieces were humorous and exceptionally creative.

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  2. Great stuff, Tom. Sorry to have been out of town.
    Jim

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  3. As a mutual friend used to say - "Beee-zahr!"

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