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"in medias res"

Lauren Wiseman & Charlotte Pollock

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Opening Reception

Sept. 13, 2019

5:30-7:30 pm

Almost  by Lauren Wiseman

Cypresses  by Charlotte Pollock

OPENING RECEPTION: Join us on Friday Sept. 13, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Open Ground Studios for the opening reception of “in medias res” ~ Paintings  by  Lauren Wiseman & Charlotte Pollock, located at 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA, 93955 Free and open to public. or 831-241-6919 Exhibition: Sept. 13 – Oct. 17,  2019


Charlotte Pollock and Lauren Wisemen are two artists who are both recent transplants to the Monterey Peninsula. Their chosen show title “in medias res” is a Latin phrase used by the author Homer, meaning “in the midst of things.” On parallel journeys, Lauren traveled from Lawrence, Kansas, and Charlotte from Louisville, Kentucky: both heard the sirens call and followed it’s pull out west. This exhibition arrives after one year of living and working together at a Bed & Breakfast in Seaside, where they have taken on life as innkeepers hosting world travelers on their own journeys, all the while exploring this misty peninsula, and their unique talents as emerging artists. The paintings in this show are reflective of their experiences of nature, mythology and personal narrative. 



Lauren Wiseman is an oil painter from Ottawa, Kansas. Her work is strongly influenced by ecosystem complexity and diversity. In 2013 Wiseman studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy, also working as a F_AIR Gallery receptionist and English editor for gallery publications. In 2015 she earned a BS from Baker University in General Studies: Ecology and Studio Art. 2015-2017 she studied the figure under Judith McCrea at University of Kansas. Currently, she is a Teacher’s Assistant for Adam Wolpert at Esalen Institute for the “Painting the Outer and Inner Landscape” courses, and is completing an artist residency at an Historic Landmark Bed & Breakfast. After several area solo and group exhibitions in 2018, Wiseman is proud to present her work as an emerging California artist. Her next adventure lies in Los Angeles, where she will continue to create art that inspires a deep connection to the world around us.


Charlotte Pollock’s work explores ways of making a subjective world accessible through engaging in the ritual of oil painting. She has recently moved to Monterey, CA from Louisville, Kentucky to pursue arts on the West Coast. She attended the University of Louisville (BFA 2012) and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she learned plein-air painting. Additionally she was artist-in-residence at Azule: A Place For the Arts & Community in Hot Springs, NC (2016), and the following year earned a scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts in Bakersfield, NC. She has been a teaching artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (2017) and also received a travel grant from the Great Meadows Foundation where she enthusiastically attended Prospect4 Biennial in New Orleans, LA (2017). She has a background in hospitality and currently co-hosts guests at Historic Landmark BnB. 

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