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Artists Benefit from New Relations between the City and the Museum

Richard and Wyatt Amend Gallery Opening at City Hall April 8, 2017. Reception for artists, 4 – 6 pm.

(l to r) Arts Commission Chair Michael Addison; Richard Amend, painter; Wendy Barker, Ojai Valley Museum; Wyatt Amend, sculptor. Photo by Tom Moore.

(l to r) Arts Commission Chair Michael Addison; Richard Amend, painter; Wendy Barker, Ojai Valley Museum; Wyatt Amend, sculptor.
Photo by Tom Moore.

The City of Ojai and the Ojai Valley Museum have forged a new element in their relationship which benefits both institutions equally and provides first class exposure for the work of Ojai artists. The Museum and the newly revived City Gallery will exhibit and show work at both locations at approximately the same time.

Arts Commission Chair Michael Addison describes the relationship this way: the Commission is acquiring art all the time—such as Richard and Wyatt Amends’. But the City Gallery is small and storage is in the attic.

The Ojai Valley Museum to the rescue! “Our storage is climate controlled and safe for the art,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Wendy Barker. The upside of this relationship for the Museum is that “we’re thrilled to exhibit the City’s collection all the time, including their newest acquisitions.”

“It’s a ‘win-win’ for artists,” said Richard Amend. The newly required pieces will be on display starting in mid-April in the Museum’s gallery. The Amends also have a show at the City Hall Gallery opening April 8 and running ‘til May 19. Two artists—two galleries. Win-win indeed!