Camarillo, Calif., April 24, 2014 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “Renderings: Recent Oil Paintings by Kate Martin” at the CI Palm Gallery, Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, Aug. 20.  A free, public reception with the artist will be held Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Martin's minimalist oil paintings are renderings of precious items from nature collected on her long morning walks around Lake Casitas in Ojai.  In her latest series of paintings, the CI art faculty member captures objects such as hummingbird nests, honeycomb, fungi, leaves and seedpods.  

"After the fires of Montecito, I found a burnt charred piece of wood with four different types of fungi starting to grow from the dead wood,” Martin recalled.  “At first, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the fungi and the wonderful trumpet shapes in hues of light green and blue.  Then, I was enchanted by the rejuvenation capabilities of this supposedly dead wood.  This was one heroic little piece of wood revealing the restorative side of nature and giving hope.  This set me off on a new direction wanting to paint small treasures found in nature."

The CI Palm Gallery is located at 92 Palm Avenue, Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.  The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday.  For further information call 805-437-2772 or email

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