The Westmont College Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will feature the work of four influential Southern California artists and art educators in three exhibitions from July 7 through August 6.

The exhibits, which will begin with a free public opening reception at the museum on July 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., will feature the work of Ken Jewesson, Ciel Bergman, Irma Cavat and Florence “FiFi” Russell.

“Finding Beauty in Structure: Works of Ken Jewesson” includes over 30 works of art in the museum’s main gallery. Mr. Jewesson has enjoyed a long career as a ceramic designer, printmaker, painter, draftsman, collage artist and jewelry maker.

“His work is significant because he was part of a group of avant-garde artists to bring modernism to Santa Barbara,” said Judy L. Larson, professor of art history at Askew and director of Mr. Jewesson’s museum. “His colorful works represent an intersection of science and art and express his heartfelt sense that art connects us to the divine.”

“Two New Acquisitions: Irma Cavat and Ciel Bergman” celebrates two pioneering Santa Barbara artists who were the first women to teach in UCSB’s art department.

“They were spirited women, both feminists, both interested in the environment,” Ms Larson says of the couple. “Their artistic styles were very different, but they are united in their efforts to highlight the contributions of women artists to modern art. We are delighted to display these important new acquisitions in the permanent collection.

“Florence ‘FiFi’ Russell: Artist and Arts Educator Turns 100” is part of a community celebration of the 100th birthday of the adventurous artist and longtime Santa Barbara resident.

His watercolors will also be exhibited throughout July at CLAY Studio, Corridan Gallery, 10 West Gallery, Gallery 113, Goleta Valley Art Association/Goleta Library, La Cumbre Center for Creative Arts/Fine Line;/Illuminations Galleries, Larry Iwerks Studio Gallery, Santa Barbara Art Association/Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library and Santa Barbara Fine Art Gallery.

The Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding school holidays.

For more information, visit westmont.edu/museum or contact the museum at 805-565-6162.

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