When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map. -Amie Kaufman, Unearthed
This exhibition is inspired by the limitless scope of cartography. Maps are our guideposts to the past, the present, and the future. They prompt us to explore, to dream, and interpret the world from unique and individual perspectives. Maps are a visual representation of what lies around, above, beyond, and below. Maps anchor us and they set us free. Most of all, a map can unleash the imagination and challenge us to look beyond the present and the conventional. In so doing, maps spur us to investigate the unknown and put our personal stamp on this world. Mapping Out invites you to share in an exploration of artistic interpretations of our world from the perspective of cartography.
Curator’s Statement by Ellen November
"Maps have always fascinated me. From family road trips to world geography, maps have sparked my interest throughout my life. I was trained as an illustrator, and have worked in the graphic arts and as a photographer. I have always sewn and been a quilter. A desire to combine all these forms of expression brought me to cartographic art quilts. Drawing on the graphic nature of maps, I use textiles to interpret maps. I am interested to see how other artists, in a variety of mediums, share their creative expressions with cartography as a common thread."
Linda Grone Smith
Zero Per Zero
Special thanks to exhibition sponsor Kirk Consulting in memory of Tom Vaughan
Exhibition Special Events
Art After Dark Paso
Saturday, June 1: 6 pm - 9 pm
Celebrate the opening with Thacher Winery and music by B & the Hive and remarks by guest curator Ellen November at 6:30 pm.
The Art of the Cache
with Dr. Andrew Fricker
Saturday, June 15: 2 pm
Explore the geography of Paso Robles in a fun, new way!
Summer Solstice Mapping Demonstration & Discussion
with the Sierra Club
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22: 5 pm - 9 pm
Members of the Sierra Club spend a lot of time outdoors. Each month they offer outings for all levels of fitness, throughout the Central Coast. Join their hike leaders on summer solstice to talk about the use of open space topographic maps with details about contour relief and quantitative representation of natural features and make plans to spend your summer in nature.