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GOINGS ON SANTA BARBARA : Picture This : An exhibit by local artist Bill Oneal will mark Friday's reopening of the Puccinelli Gallery in Carpinteria.


Business is expected to be back to normal Friday at the Frances Puccinelli Gallery in Carpinteria. The place reopens after being closed for about two months, and a new exhibit will be on the walls.

The gallery closed around Christmastime, initially for reconstruction to bring the building up to earthquake standards. In the process, the gallery was enlarged by 400 square feet, which includes two spaces in the back that will permanently house Puccinelli's vast collection of folk and outsider art.

"It had been all crammed into a little back room," Puccinelli said of the art. "Now it will be really well-displayed."

The first exhibit in the enlarged gallery will consist of paintings of Carpinteria artist Bill Oneal, in his first one-man show. His abstract paintings often deal with landscape and architectural subjects.

Puccinelli will follow up the Oneal exhibit with one by Andrew (Old Man) Block, a former Solvang resident who painted for 15 years prior to his death in 1969, at the age of 90. The exhibit will go on display Feb. 29.

She discovered Block's work while curating an exhibit at the Elverhoy Museum in Solvang. She said the Danish native's paintings are similar to the primitive art she has collected.

"He was an untrained artist. But his paintings are a little more realistic than some of the outsider art," she said. "He painted on every subject. He would copy things out of National Geographic, do his front yard, scenes from Solvang, memories from Denmark."

Most of Block's work was done on corrugated cardboard using regular house paint.

The Oneal exhibit will run through March 21, the Block exhibit through April 18. The gallery is at 888 Linden Ave., second floor. It is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 684-6301.

The Mosher Wind Quintet, made up of graduate students at UC Santa Barbara, will perform at the campus's Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall tonight at 8. Four of the group's members are working toward master's degrees in music and the other is going for a doctorate.

The program will include Barthe's "Passacaille," Klughardt's "Quintette, Op. 79," Barber's "Summer Music, Op. 31," and pieces by Frank X. Silva, the quintet's clarinetist. Admission is $5 at the door.

More music: Flutist Wissam Boustany will be the featured soloist in concertos by Vivaldi and Nielsen in the Santa Barbara Symphony's concerts at the Arlington Theater, 1317 State St. The program will include Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8. Admission for Saturday's 8 p.m. performance ranges from $13.50 to $29.50 and for Sunday's 2 p.m. show from $10.50 to $20.50. Call 963-4408 or 965-6596.

Actor Lee Stetson will portray naturalist-writer John Muir in his one-man show, "Stickeen," on Friday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Fleischmann Auditorium, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. The two-act play is named after a dog that accompanied Muir on what turned out to be a dangerous expedition in Glacier Bay, Alaska, in 1880. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $5 may be purchased at the door, or in advance through Santa Barbara City College's Adult Education program at the Schott Center, 310 W. Padres St.

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