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Quick Draw Challenges Artists in Los Olivos

Event Date: August 18,  2007

Location: Los Olivos, California in Santa Barbara County near Solvang (note: the information below was derived from the previous Quick Draw event and is subject to change.)

LOS OLIVOS - Annual Quick Draw Art Auction and Show takes place outdoors in the park in Los Olivos. Sponsored by the Los Olivos Gallery Organization (LOGO) it features a full day of art events, barbecue, and entertainment. 20 well-known artists race against the clock to complete works of fine art. Then they watch as their paintings are auctioned off. At 10:30 am Master of Ceremonies Jim Farnum will introduce each of the artists. Promptly at 11 am they start from scratch to create a painting or drawing. Using a model, photo, or just their imagination as a guide, the artists have exactly 45 minutes to work while bystanders watch. When time is up, they have 15 minutes to frame their paintings. At 12 noon the excitement and tension of a live auction begin. Al Wagner, an experienced and popular auctioneer, wields the gavel as spectators bid on beautiful art in various media. Proceeds are shared equally between artists and LOGO. Artists participating in this year’s Quick Draw are Vicki Andersen, Minnie Anderson, Lorna Dillon, Kelly Donovan, Lynelle Echeverria, Dirk Foslien, Mark Greenaway, Gary Gresham, Cinthia Joyce, Gordon Luce, Joe Mancuso, Joe Milazzo, Vel Miller, Richard Myer, Fayrene Parrish, Vic Riesau, Grace Schlesier, and Carol Theroux. All have regional and national reputations and come from all over California, one from as far away as Utah. All exhibit in Los Olivos galleries.

Other Quick Draw events include a silent auction in the park that starts at 10 am. Local galleries and businesses donate art works and decorative pieces. Lovely things can be purchased, often at bargain prices. From 11:30 am to 2 pm there’s a delicious barbecue in the park. Throughout the day Mike Lopez and his band provides music.

After both the live auction and silent auction close, Los Olivos galleries hold open houses and receptions from 2 to 5 pm. “Artists in Action” feature demonstrations by artists. At Gallery Los Olivos various artists will demonstrate in several medias. At Sansone Studies, Joel Sansone will show the application of enamel (glass) sifted onto copper and the finished result after firing. The Judith Hale Sculpture Garden is the site of sculpture, lost wax demonstration, and applied patinas, and ceramic creations, artists are Peter Barbisan, Laurie Brecheen Ballard, Lou Mariani, Vern McWilliams, Dee Prater, and Bill Shinn.

Participating LOGO galleries are [email protected] Tales, Details, Gallery Los Olivos, Judith Hale Gallery, Judith Hale Gallery South, Mission Creek Studio, Sansone Studios, Tatiana Marie Gallery, Wildling Art Museum, and Young’s Gallery.

Los Olivos, once a stagecoach stop, is a charming small historic town known for its fine art galleries and wineries. Located in the heart of wine country, just off Highway 154, it is about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara or an hour south of San Luis Obispo. (Take the 154 exit from Highway 101.) The park is at the “Flagpole” in the center of town.

For more information about Quick Draw visit www.losolivosca.com.