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August 23, 2011

Cabrillo Gallery Exhibits Linda Simmel’s Sea States
Sea States Runs August 29 - September 23. Artist’s Talk and Reception Sept. 8, 5:00 PM.

Aptos, CA— The Cabrillo Gallery presents the exhibition Sea States, August 29 - September 23, with an opening reception for the public on September 8 at 5:00 PM, followed by a talk with artist Linda Simmel at 7:00 PM

Sea States consists of large-scale pencil, charcoal and pastel drawings made over the course of 2010-11. These magnificent drawings, some measuring 82 inches in height and 68 inches in width, offer the viewer an expansive view of Simmel’s drawing skills. Selections of smaller pencil drawings are also included in the exhibition.

“Years ago I walked the beaches of Cape Cod and was impressed by the patterns left in the sand by waves pulled out to sea, “ muses Simmel, who resides in Sonoma, California. “These observations led to small-scale line drawings.” Sea States is the continuation and expansion of those small drawings with focus not on the patterns left in the sand but of the swells further out at sea. Simmel explains that “Sea state refers to the surface of a large body of water with respect to wind and swell at any given moment. Sea states are studied in order to inform mariners of what they might expect before entering into a particular area of the ocean.”

Simmel has used systems and random order theory in her work for years so it is not surprising that the influence of Andrey Markov, the late 19th and early 20th century Russian mathematician, has inspired the approach to her current work. Markov developed a model that is commonly used to generate time histories of sea state processes. His mathematical model essentially maps a random evolution of a memoryless system. It is a model for which the likelihood of a given future state, at any given moment, depends only on its present state and not on any past states.

“Thinking of the ocean as a ‘memoryless system’ is a fascinating concept,” adds Simmel. “It fits into our notion of the sea as the archetypal unknown, a transitional place lying between old worlds and new, between there and here.”

What: Sea States
When: August 29 - September 23
Artist’s Talk & Reception: September 8, 5:00 - 8 PM
Where: Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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