Carpinteria’s vibrant artist community is both the subject and the beneficiary of a stunning new coffee table book entitled “Small Town Big Art: 100 Artists of Carpinteria.” Presale orders are now underway for the book, which is scheduled for release this fall.
David Powdrell, former chair of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, conceived of the book as an expression of gratitude for the local arts community, which poured its support into the arts center while Powdrell was board chair from 2010-2019. During his tenure, the center underwent an extensive expansion and remodel, and at every step, Carpinteria artists generously contributed their energy, expertise and art.
“The artists of Carpinteria are diverse, they’re wildly creative, they’re bold and brave and they’re all so fun to be around. This book aims to acknowledge them as accomplished artists, but more importantly, it is my way of saying thank you,” Powdrell said.
Proceeds of “Small Town Big Art” will benefit the arts center thanks to underwriters whose contributions covered all the costs of producing the book. “With that kind of support,” Powdrell said, “it was a no-brainer that 100% of each sale would be donated to the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. The local artists win, the community wins, the arts center wins.”
The 12x12 inch hardback contains two-page spreads dedicated to each of the 100 artists, which run the gamut from chefs, dancers and potters, to painters, poets and musicians. Featured artists are showcased with professional portraits, several images of their works and a short Q&A that highlights their relationships with art and with Carpinteria.
Production of “Small Town Big Art” involved the contributions of many volunteer photographers, editors and graphic designers. Powdrell worked closely with a small team made up of art community supporters Marco Rigonati, Christie Boyd, Janey Cohen and Lea Boyd.
“Dreams really can come true when you surround yourself with passionate, artistic, creative people with a common vision and a powerful and important message. The arts matter!” Powdrell said.
Books are $50 and can be pre-ordered for home delivery or pick-up at the arts center. Pre-orders can be placed at carpinteriaartscenter.org/book.