Setting the Scene
The Santa Paula Art Museum has gone Hollywood with its current exhibition "Setting the Scene: Hollywood Animators and Background Painters in the Santa Paula Civic Collection." The exhibit features fine art paintings from the famous Santa Paula Civic Collection by artists who worked behind-the-scenes at Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox during the Golden Age of Hollywood. While the art on exhibit was not created for the movies, it includes private works by Disney background painters like Al Dempster, Basil Davidovich and Charles Payzant, who lent their talents to animated features such as Fantasia, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty. The exhibit also stars artists like George Gibson, once head of MGM’s scenic design department and lead scenic artist for The Wizard of Oz, and Emil Kosa, Jr., who designed the original 20th Century Fox logo and won an Academy Award in 1964 for his work on Cleopatra.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for students and members.
"Setting the Scene" is on view through June 17, 2018.