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CCA Issues Call for Artist for November Gallery Show

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) is pleased to call for artists for the Gallery’s next show Small Gems with featured artist Marcie Begleiter.  Small Gems will be limited to eight-by-eight and twelve-by-twelve inch canvases.  The show will open on Saturday, November 5, and run through December 31.  

     Small Gems was a popular format for CCA’s holiday shows in past years, and the Gallery is happy to revive it this year.  Any two-dimensional medium that can be applied to a stretched canvas (unframed, finished on the edges) is acceptable for this show.  All work must be original, with no part copied from other art or publications.  All paintings and photographs must be signed.  An artist may enter up to three canvases.  For more information, please visit the Gallery website at:

     Create a masterpiece, wire it according to the Gallery’s specifications, and bring it in during the next exchange day on Tuesday, November 1, between 10:00 a.m. and noon.   There is no need to submit online.  There is no entry fee for canvases purchased at CCA.  The cost of an eight-by-eight inch canvas is $5 and a twelve-by-twelve inch canvas is $7.  Canvases are available for purchase during Gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The standard $10 per entry will apply to paintings on artists’ own canvases.

     Pricing for the public to purchase artwork for this show will be based on size:  $60 for eight by eight-inch canvases and $90 for twelve by twelve-inch canvases.  The commission kept by the Gallery will be smaller for this show at only 20 percent instead of the usual 30 percent.  Artists may replace a sold painting and are encouraged to make extras.  The exhibit will open online on Saturday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. (  Please email the Gallery with any questions (

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Wines, Pines and Felines Returns in November as Annual HART fundraiser

After a two-year hiatus, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) is happy to announce the annual Wines, Pines and Felines fundraiser will return on the Saturday evening of November 6 at Cambria Pines Lodge.  Tickets will include a delicious meal with wine and entertainment by Jill Knight.  In addition to live auction items, there will be a large and lovely selection of silent auction items on which to bid.  For more details, please contact HART at 805-927-7377. 

     HART was founded in 1983 by a small core of volunteers who fostered animals in their own homes.  Starting with Mika (a wayward cat in a family way), HART has placed thousands of homeless animals into permanent homes through adoption and foster programs.  In 2000 HART acquired its own premises by renting a former veterinarian’s office, allowing for an expansion of resources in the community. Through partnerships with educators and other rescue groups, HART has helped to develop an effective Humane Education program that has been shared with local schools and communities.

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CCA Gallery to Exhibit John Seed’s Paintings from Then and Now

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA), 1350 Main Street, is pleased to invite the public to the Gallery’s next show, John Seed:  Paintings from Then and Now.  An opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The exhibit will adorn the Gallery walls through October 30.

     When John Seed first showed his work in 1984, he was creating large oil paintings with bold, expressionistic subject matter.  He now paints small semi-abstract watercolors loosely based on local scenery.  Seed’s CCA exhibition will feature three large oils, including “Wine and Roses” that was included in his 1984 one-man show at Newspace Gallery in Los Angeles.  The exhibit also will showcase a broad selection of Seed’s watercolors.  

     While attending Stanford University, Seed was an intern to the art collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson.  After graduate work in art at the University of California Berkeley, he worked for the art dealer Larry Gagosian, and he became the first bookstore manager for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  Seed’s life in art was shaped by his interactions with remarkable artists, including Nathan Oliveira, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Richard Diebenkorn.  

     Seed is now professor emeritus of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College, following 35-plus years teaching at the College, as well as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design.  Now a noted art writer and independent curator, Seed’s writings have appeared in many publications.  His 2019 book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World features the works of 38 contemporary artists who add subjectivity and disruption to their imagery.  His next book More Disruption: Representation in Flux will be released in mid-2023.

     Seed has lived in Cambria since 2018 with his wife Linda and two younger daughters, Evan and Condee.  He currently is serving as the Board President of Greenspace: The Cambria Land Trust.  The exhibit opens on-line Saturday, September 3, at 11:00 a.m. at: