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August 20 - November 6, 2016

Manna from Heaven

This exhibit addresses universal hungers, gifts of nourishment, and the vessels that hold them — physically, mindfully and soulfully.

Three accomplished and well-respected artists — Robert Burridge, Jim McWilliams, Bob Nichols — have come together to share their broad views on this subject. Collectively they have 150 years of experience working in the arts.

The artworks displayed are intended to provoke and inspire. They challenge us to seek and understand our varied hungers. They ask us to explore ways we provide sustenance to ourselves and humanity as a whole. They also encourage us to nourish an ever-expanding circle of giving and receiving.

Robert Burridge creates in paint and combination media, fueled by his career as an art teacher. Jim McWilliams works with a variety of materials reflecting his long history in graphics and conceptual work. Bob Nichols employs clay as his primary medium as both artist and teacher.

Though individual in their approaches and mediums, these artists have given themselves, and us, a gift by coming together and sharing their personal visions.

In this current time when local and world events call up fears such as scarcity, loss, and separation, this exhibit reminds us that “manna from heaven” is infinite, unbounded, and always available.

Robert, Jim, and Bob
Robert Burridge, Jim McWilliams and Bob Nichols

Burridge and McWilliams cut their teeth at a time when they were collaborating with artists like Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman. Joined together in the goal to create art happenings which sought to seamlessly incorporate art into the everyday experiences of life, they were actively encouraging a cultural shift that continues to inspire their work today. Bob Nichols has made a career of exploring the making of marks and symbolism, from ancient rock paintings to the teapots of Yixing.

The concept behind this exhibition is based in a conversation of activism which is intended to provoke thought and a broader global vision. Along with his work on display, Nichols has created several dozen bowls which will be available in the Museum Store at Elverhøj. Proceeds from the sales go to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank. This spirit of exploration, awareness and a more far-reaching message through art occurs naturally for the exhibiting artist.

All three “Manna” men began their art careers in the sixties. They favored the use of experimental, innovative and unusual ideas. Although they work in very different mediums, their ability to blaze trails with art is their common ground. Their pioneering approach to making art derives from an endless and inherent exploration of new ideas which they attribute to finding “manna from heaven.”

Exhibit programming includes “Robert Burridge: Dialogue & Demonstration” (Tuesday, September 13), Artist Talk with Bob Nichols: “A Career with Clay” (September 24), a two day workshop in abstract painting and collage with Robert Burridge (October 5 & 6), and a drop-in clay art workshop (October 22).

The exhibition will remain on view through November 6, 2016.

Eshibition programming:

  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 4 PM: Artist Talk with Bob Nichols: A Career with Clay.
  • WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 & 6: 10 AM - 5 PM: Two Day Workshop with Robert Burridge: Abstract Painting & Collage Workshop. Fee: $250 for member, $275 for non-member. Reserve your space: (805) 686-1211 / info@elverhoj.org
  • SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 11 AM - 1 PM: Drop-In Clay Art Workshop. Family friendly fun. Free and open to all ages.
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