Brooks Anderson, a fifth generation Californian from a family of artists and musicians, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University in Northridge, studying at that time with established artists of the Los Angeles art scene.
For a decade, his oil on canvas landscape and seascape paintings were on exhibit and purchased in New York City at three prestigious galleries, and whose work was collected by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and by seminal private and corporate collections around the world. In 1996, Brooks lived for a year in the south of France, completing fifty luminous paintings of the region. He devotes himself full time to producing evocative and compelling Contemporary Realist paintings.
“Anderson’s editing of physical reality is sensitive and shrewd and aims for maximum verisimilitude… His images are extraordinarily illusionistic,… are stamped with a uniquely painterly identity and presence… Only carefully conceived and lovingly executed paintings transform the raw material of nature in such serene and subtly romantic pictorial projections.”—Theodore F. Wolff, The Christian Science Monitor
Renowned sculpture artist Roberto Santo is one of only a few artists eligible for commissions for the Vatican. Santo, who works roughly half the year at his studio in Tuscany, Italy and half the year at his home on Sonoma Mountain, created two site specific pieces for the Arts Center; all of the work on display is from his “Springload Series.” In this series, Santo distinguishes himself as a painter of balanced, abstract compositions with an attractive, almost touchable skin.
A Humboldt County resident, Connie Butler creates figurative sculpture using wood, bronze, stone, plaster or clay. She strives to bring out the spirit of the material by sculpting it, and the result is “a compromise between the original image and the resistance of the wood to take shape.”
Dennis Leon (1933 – 1998) was born in London, England and received his BFA, BS and MFA from Temple University. Artist and educator, Leon consistently explored the subject of the natural landscape. He was first inspired as a child by the moors of Yorkshire and then by his subsequent travels throughout the United States and abroad. Leon’s art emerged from the observations and memories of his experiences within these various environments. His body of work includes site-specific installations, collage, drawings, pastels, and sculpture in wood and bronze.
Ceramic sculptor Daniel Oberti (1945 – 2009) blends Japanese form with his Mediterranean heritage. His work embodies mythological symbolism, figurative characters and Old World craftsmanship. Oberti’s travels to France, Italy, Egypt, Crete and Athens inspired his unique perspective on ancient wisdom. Universal concepts about time, space, reverence and beauty are evident in his work.
To submit your work for consideration, please email an exhibit history and link of work samples to:
Anita Wiglesworth, Director of Programming
All submissions will be kept on file for two years. Due to the volume of submissions, only those artists selected for exhibition will be contacted.