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ROUNDUP SERIES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN LEWIS

These collections of prints are an excerpt from an ongoing group of images which I have created to examine traditional roundup on a local ranch in the Huansa area.  The camera provides me with the opportunity to reveal and document the events that are occurring. During that process, complicated random relationships of movement, time, color, shape, and content reveal themselves. The resulting photographs allow the viewer to view some of the cultural and social rituals which give the participants lives meaning.

FEATURED ARTIST IN THE AIRPORT SHOWCASE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Council Scholarship Empowered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Student Artist Kaylee Kamiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylee Kamiya always knew she wanted to be an artist, but was uncertain if she had the tools necessary to succeed.  

 

“Being in a small town, it wasn’t something I thought could happen,” she said.

But it did. At 19-years-old, the Orcutt native is already an accomplished creative on the Central Coast.

 

In May, she was awarded the Valley Art Gallery Scholarship by the Santa Maria Arts Council. She was granted $1,000 and a two-month-long exhibit at the Santa Maria Public Airport beginning July 8. Her art will also be showcased at Orcutt’s Valley Art Gallery for the next year.

“It’s a super great opportunity,” Kamiya said. “It’s helping me cultivate my art more and further myself as an artist.”

She used a portion of the funds to purchase pencils, pastels, and ink, which has allowed her to experiment with more colors. Vibrant colors, according to Kamiya, are an integral part of her work.  

“Every piece I make is like an internal self-portrait,” she explained. “I channel a lot of feelings through the colors I use. It’s like a synesthesia type of thing.”

Besides prints, Kamiya makes keychains, bookmarks and more. She is inspired by the local environment and women empowerment. An especially important aspect of her style, she explained, is focusing on projects as a whole rather than just minor details.  

Kamiya is also an actress and is beginning to direct. She graduated from Orcutt Academy High School during her junior year in 2017 to star as Laura in “COAST,” a film that explores the lives of different women growing up in Santa Maria.  

Currently, she is a student at Allan Hancock College and is hoping to transfer to UC Irvine next fall. Her ultimate goal is to teach art education as a college professor while also continuing to act, direct, and create art.  

 

 

Jamie Guista reporting