Pop Rocks: Heroes, Icons and the Mundane
March 12, – May 2, 2014
Pop Art emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain in the late 1950s in the US. Pop Art’s explosion of color and design presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, comic books, film and mundane cultural objects. Pop Art and minimalism are considered to be art movements that precede Post- modern art. Some consider Pop Art as the earliest example of Post-modern Art. Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Ronnie Cutrone (born 1948) is a Pop Artist best known for his large-scale paintings of America's favorite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker. Cutrone's paintings are colorful, lively, and highly accessible. He was Andy Warhol's assistant at “the Factory” from 1972 until 1980. Cutrone’s paintings are held in the prestigious private and corporate collections as well as in the collections of numerous museums.
John CRASH Matos, was born in the New York in 1961. CRASH was spray-painting New York city trains at the early age of 13, creating fully developed images art as opposed to simply tagging trains. His graffiti art first attracted a following through his murals on subway cars and dilapidated buildings. In 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries; he curated the groundbreaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant popularity throughout Europe and America, and eventually Asia. CRASH has been part of numerous museum and gallery shows around the world focusing on Graffiti and Street Art, and has works in many permanent museum collections.
Ceravolo was born in New York. His paintings came to popular attention when he was commissioned to create six large-scale portraits for the lobby of The Palladium Theatre, in New York City. He has been commissioned to paint portraits of such notables as Elton John, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart and Hugh Heffner. Ceravolo’s work combines realistic renderings of iconic personalities and objects juxtaposed against a background of riotous color and abstraction.
Shalene Valenzuela was born in Missoula, Montana. Her ceramic sculptures reflect upon a variety of issues with a thoughtful, humorous and ironic tone. Inspired by the potential of everyday objects, Valenzuela reproduces these objects with an array of techniques including hand painting and silk-screening imagery.
Through the Eye of the Camera
A Juried Photography Competition
May 8 – July 11, 2014
Open to both amateur and professional photographers, this exhibit is sure to bring fierce competition. Applications are available at the museum and on the web site at
Wild About Bingo Luncheon
Friday, June 20, 2014 / 11:30 a.m.