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February 25, 2011

Cabrillo Gallery Exhibits Seldom Seen Paintings of Prized Artist Futzie Nutzle
Exhibit Runs March 18 - April 22. Reception March 19, 5:00 PM.
Artists' Talk March 24, 6:30 PM

Aptos, CA— The Cabrillo Gallery is honored to present the exhibition Futzie Nutzle: Paintings and Works on Paper. The gallery will host a free public reception on Saturday, March 19, at 5:00 PM and a talk with the artist on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 PM, all in the gallery.

Futzie Nutzle: Paintings and Works on Paper is the first major exhibition of work by this elusive artist in more than a decade. Futzie, a.k.a. Bruce Kleinsmith, was at one time the most widely known visual artist in Santa Cruz. From the late 1960s into the 1990s, Nutzle's drawings, paintings, cartoons and posters were everywhere—including the South Bay and San Francisco. His drawings were often reproduced in the various newspapers that came and went during those years, but he made a name for himself in the 1970s when he became one of Rolling Stone Magazine's first cartoonists to have his work displayed on the Letters page. Nutzle describes his whimsical pen and ink drawings, which were a regular contribution to Rolling Stone for many years, as a "sparse, spontaneous, aggravated way of thinking" that never had a constant character or theme. Writer Stephen Kessler, in a recent interview with Nutzle for Metro Santa Cruz wrote, "Nutzle's distinctive, spare, fine black ink line, set off against its stark white background, was uniquely unmistakable for its minimalist clarity, sophisticated wit and nutty originality."

Nutzle's images were a revelation to readers and an inspiration to other artists and writers. Aside from his regular contributions in Rolling Stone, his work appeared in The Prague Post and for over ten years in The Japan Times, further internationalizing his visibility. The Metro and Santa Cruz Weekly also frequently published his drawings. He has been featured in over ten published books, at least two of which, Modern Loafer and Run the World, are his collected drawings. His work has been collected in both private and public collections including both San Francisco's and New York's Museums of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The Oakland Museum and many others.

He was a busy man, then dropped out of sight—at least as far as most of the world was concerned. Now approaching the age of seventy, Futzie Nutzle is making a comeback. Futzie Nutzle: Paintings and Works on Paper includes recent oil paintings and numerous drawings all in the quintessential Nutzle style, but with saturated color and lush textural surfaces. Imagine a Dr. Seuss illustration, than mix it up with a Vincent van Gogh painting with subjects that are either personal or political, and you have a Nutzle painting.

Living with his wife, Halina, in San Juan Bautista for the past ten years, Nutzle has been busy painting, drawing and living the satisfying life of a reclusive artist while also running their antique shop, Fool's Gold.

What: Futzie Nutzle: Paintings and Works on Paper
When: March 18 - April 22, 2011
Reception: Saturday, March 19, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Artists' Talk: Thursday, March 24, 6:30 PM
Where: Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

The Cabrillo Gallery is located in the Library Building of Cabrillo College, rm #1002, in the center of the uphill side of the Cabrillo College campus. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM including Monday and Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 PM. The Cabrillo Gallery is free and accessible to all. Parking can be found in any of the numerous metered parking areas. NOTE: The Gallery will be closed April 4 - 8.

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