Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 26, 2011 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the first exhibition of the fall semester featuring two nationally recognized Magic Realism painters whose artwork will be on exhibit Sept 1-30 in the Napa Hall Art Gallery located on the campus. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition will feature a selection of artwork by Phyllis Davidson entitled “Shelf Life,” as a series of paintings that explores cupboards, cabinets, shelves and drawers; their diverse and sundry contents and the myriad of memories they evoke. Davidson's work is widely exhibited throughout the United States.

Paintings by Douglas Sutherland, “The Afterworks” will also be on exhibit. It is the emphasis on symbolic meaning that Sutherland strives to maintain in these paintings. The objects and images grouped together are meant to convey personal, cultural, and historical narratives. Their interpretation is meant to be on an individual basis with the exception of some direct and obvious references. Sutherland's paintings are widely exhibited throughout the United States.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. Napa Hall Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Art Program at 805-437-8570 or

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