In A Certain Light
A Look at Contemporary Landscape
The Blackboard Gallery – Studio Channel Islands
June 30 – July 30, 2016
Artist Reception: July 9, 4pm – 6pm

The new exhibition “In A Certain Light” opening at the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, is a contemporary look at landscape. The exhibit opens June 30th and runs through July 30th with an artist reception on Saturday, July 9th from 4pm-6pm. Artists Dan LaVigne, Gina Niebergall, & Sherri Cassell explore what it means to be a modern day landscape painter. All three painters apply their unique sensibilities and skills to a far from contemporary subject matter.

Oil painter Dan LaVigne, claims that his job as an artist is to communicate visually “but painting employs a wonderful paradox; as the pictures become more accomplished they become more personal. They leave the nettlesome concerns of detail and enter a realm of impression; part moment, part flavor, part memory. They draw from a common well of experiences for which there are no words, but which we all know and feel deeply. My goal is to make intensely personal pictures that the viewer has in some way lived.”

Dan Lavigne followed what he called a “natural career choice.” With an MFA from Cal State Long Beach, studying under mentor Richard Oden, and a long career in Graphic Design, Lavigne embarked on his own pursuit of oil painting. Dan was president of the Buenaventura Art Association for two years and is a current member of Studio Channel Islands. Past associations include Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, and the American Watercolor Society. His work is in the permanent collections of Santa Monica College and California State University Long Beach, as well as private collections up and down the west coast.

Gina Niebergall who works primarily in oil painting, also felt that pursuing the craft came naturally. She was born and raised in Ventura, California and received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies.

Being a native Californian Gina Niebergall was drawn to painting the California Landscape. She states “When painting en plein air or in the studio, I don’t wish to duplicate. Rather, I try to paint the feeling of being in that place. I strive for a painterly style where the viewer can see my gestures and brushwork. Colors and their relationships with one another are my passion.

As a fourth generation Californian, I have always loved the unique qualities of the California landscape: from ocean to oaks, to desert and farmland, and hidden gems that are often overlooked in the bustle of daily life. There’s been so much land development and change, I feel compelled to capture my impressions on canvas.”

Artist Sherri Cassell found her passion in pastels. Utilizing their tactile quality and brilliant colors Sherri Cassell creates sensitive interpretations of the California landscape. Cassell’s innate love of color may have originated in her career as a nail artist. Where she expressed her creative talents airbrushing, designing decals and packaging for artificial nails. Her nail art blog and work was even featured several times in a trade magazine. She then moved on to studying Watercolor with instructor Phyllis Doyon. But it was when she saw Judy Klement, demonstrate painting with pastels that she found her true passion.

Sherri Cassell now divides her time between studio work, and plein air painting where she can study the landscape first hand. Sherri Cassel expresses, “I love the challenge of trying to express the beauty God has created in nature. It is my intent to strike a familiar chord with the viewer and take them out of their hectic lives, if just for a moment, to a calmer and peaceful place.”

In a Certain Light