Paintings by Stella Maria Baer and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca are featured in Ojai’s galerie102 exhibit, which opens Saturday with an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. and runs through Dec. 6. Fonseca’s “Red Canyon” is one of the Stalagmite series and incorporates felt, tar paper, wax and wood. Contributed photo


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While Stella Maria Baer lives in New Haven, Conn., her work as a painter and photographer takes her back to her native New Mexico. Her inspiring Instagram feed shows photographs from the deserts and valleys that rule her dreams, alongside examples of her paintings of planets and moons.


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Tuesday was an exciting day for science, as the New Horizons spacecraft collected detailed images of Pluto as well as data on its surface temperature and composition. But was also a big day for art.

One of those responding artistically to the flyby was Stella Maria Baer, a New Haven-based painter. She’s been painting moons since the “blood moon” of April 2014, and says that when she heard that New Horizons would be sending back new images of Pluto and its moon Charon, she knew she’d want to paint them.

“Seeing these bodies that are so far from us,” she said, is in a way “the closest we get to a collective secular spiritual experience.”

She painted watercolors of Pluto and Charon with the images from New Horizons on her computer screen next to the canvas, so she could refer back to them. “I’m trying to stay as true to the images as possible while also allowing for unexpected moments in the paint,” she said.


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As the probe whizzes past, paint is already being dabbed, splattered and scumbled. The Pluto flyby is astounding everyone including artists.

Painting influenced by scientific discoveries has a long history we should explore some more one day here on Symbiartic. For now, here are a few works of #sciart that really stood out to me on Twitter, marking this historic event and the images from the NASA team and the New Horizons probe.


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Life is constantly changing. For instance, on Saturday, all the plumbing at my house worked, and I could shower without a care in the world.

On Sunday, my apartment pipe system blocked, and human excrement began to over flow from my drain and slowly climb the walls of my bathtub. Now life will never be the same, and I have change to thank for that. Artist and photographer Aaron Farley is also in debt to the C man, at least for the name of his new show at Galerie102. Titled ‘Constant Change’, Farley’s new work continues to explore digital photography as a medium of endless reproductions as a starting point for his subtle and alluring blocks of saturated color, light and repetition. As he continually shoots and reshoots, lights and relights, the photographs take on a distinct life of their own. Whatever’s going on, prepare to be awed when you see them in the flesh. Trying to explain Farley’s work is a bit like trying to explain what three years worth of main-line pipe cloggage looks like as it starts erupting from your bathtub drain. You just have to see it to believe it.

“Constant Change,” a solo show of new works by photographer Aaron Farley, opens at galerie102 this Saturday, June 27th, with an artist’s reception from 5-7pm. Galerie102 is located at 102 W. Matilija st., Ojai, CA 93023



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Today, as a part of Bell Arts Factory’s Featured Artist series, we are highlighting Jane Peterson. A truly inspirational and talented artist, humility is at her core. We have been blessed to have her as an active part of the Bell Arts Factory community for the past four years.

Peterson holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, and her work can be seen in collections from coast to coast. She works in an assortment of mediums, ranging from paint, oil, watercolor, wood, ceramic (mixed-media), sculpture, and photography.   She also is affiliated with Galerie 102 in Ojai and TAG Gallery in Santa Monica.


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It’s a Barbie world, but not how Mattel intended or the way the irksome pop song expressed it. This is Allie Pohl’s version: A social commentary on our culture’s expectation of women to adhere to societal structures of beauty.  In her exhibition “Ideal Woman,” Pohl has taken Barbie’s torso hostage, altered its unattainable measurements to match the equally impossible Western standard of 36-24-36, and reproduced it into porcelain, neon, Plexiglas and resin sculptures, delivering an exhibit that is dazzling and thought-provoking.


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Allie Pohl is bubbly and warm when she lets me into her home/studio located in Venice. Though she is easy going and quick to laugh it doesn’t take but a few minutes of listening to her talk about her work to realize that she approaches her practice with careful thought and consideration. She starts out showing me her latest fabricated “ideal woman.” It’s shiny, and very machine-made looking—an effect I don’t usually respond to when looking at art—but in Pohl’s case, the method is genuinely important to the message and I appreciate the care that’s gone into its creation. In fact, she shows me a video she recorded of several men gently polishing her latest sculptures in the factory. She laughs at the video, noting how caring the men are toward the forms.


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