Almost 40 paintings meeting the theme of defining higher beauty are on display through August 17 at the Carnegie Art Museum, in Oxnard, California, in Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club. 

Nearly half of the pieces in the exhibition were executed on location by signature artists of the CAC. The club describes the included pieces as being “inspired by visual, musical, literary, and spiritual encounters — ranging from evocative figures to meditative landscapes and seascapes — in an attempt to define a higher level of beauty in challenging times.” Artists featured in the show include Peter Adams, John Asaro, Clyde Aspevig, Béla Bácsi, Brian Blood, Cathey Cadieux, Karl Dempwolf, Dennis Doheny, David C. Gallup, Lynn Gertenbach, Jeremy Lipking, Carolyn Lord, Eric Merrell, Jennifer Moses, Stephen Mirich, Charles Muench, Michael Obermeyer, Daniel W. Pinkham, Tony Pro, Gerald D. Rahm, Junn Roca, Gayle Garner Roski, Mian Situ, Michael Situ, Christopher Slatoff, Tim Solliday, William Stout, Alexey Steele, Joseph Todorovitch, and William Wray.

“Rex,” by William Wray, oil.

 “In Empathy for Beauty we have an opportunity to see how artists discover and elevate sublime moments in the midst of the digitally overloaded culture of the 21st century,” says Suzanne Bellah, the Carnegie Art Museum’s director, who curated the exhibition. For more information, visit the CAC’s website or the Carnegie’s website.


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