Ventura County Museum of History and Art
photo: John Hazeltine
Recollections: The Art of Douglas Shively (1896-1991)
The Ventura County Museum of History & Art announces the opening of an exhibit featuring the art and life of Santa Paula artist Douglas M. Shively; the exhibit will continue in the Museum's Hoffman Gallery until February 20, 2000. (left: Douglas Shively, 1940)
The art of Douglas Shively is well known among local art collectors. He is often referred to as "Mr. Sycamore," after the graceful trees that occupy many of his landscapes, but the subjects of his paintings also include many recognizable Ventura County vistas, the beautiful terrain typical of California's many regions, and scenes from his extensive world travels. This exhibit will feature a sampling of the best of all of these, as well as examples from his sketchbooks and photography. (right: Sycamores, Oaks and Sumac, oil on board, Collection of Dick and Marcia Fausset)
Shively was an accomplished artist, but also a dedicated citizen within his community. As president of Citizens State Bank, which was founded by his father, he was a fixture in Santa Paula's civic affairs. His friendship with prestigious painters in California helped give rise to Santa Paula's long-running art show. (left: Untitled (Fifth Lake), n.d., 1940s. oil on board, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. John Shilton; right: Untitled, 1973, oil on board, Collection of William L. Orcutt)
Shively convinced the town to sponsor a yearly art competition, and then rallied his art friends to enter the competition, creating an opportunity for the citizens of Santa Paula to enjoy local art of the highest caliber. On his advice the city also offered a "purchase prize," by which the city assembled one of the most impressive collections of civic art in the state. (left: From Pointa del Sol Road, 1981, oil on board, Collection of Helen K. Pidduck)
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