Visual Arts Exhibit

The Visual Arts Exhibit in the Clark Center Lobby offers patrons the opportunity to experience the work of regional artists in rotating exhibits throughout the year.

The exhibit is available for viewing at scheduled performances and during regular Box Office hours Tue-Fri 1-6 and Sat 10-4.

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Calling All Artists: Showcase and sell work in the Clark Center Visual Arts Exhibit

We are now accepting applications from fine artists who are interested in displaying and selling their work!

Our lobby is filled with art from local artists year round! Mixed media such as oil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, sketching, etc. are encouraged, as well as sculptures and photography.

Although we do not charge artists to exhibit, we humbly ask that 20% of the proceeds from pieces that sell be invested back into our student scholarship and grant programs. These scholarships benefit graduating seniors who will be pursuing an education in the arts.

Art pieces are juried for content acceptability and 10 artists will be selected to display their work for two consecutive months.

Art Application

Current Artists


Artists' Reception
Saturday, August 3 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Center Lobby

Marcia Kortas
Mixed Media

I have always been creative whether that was making mud pies as a child or choosing careers such as a hairdresser and a chef. I was never formally trained in any kind of art but started to get the urge to paint as my former careers faded. When I moved to the Central Coast I succumbed to the urge and took some adult education classes. I have to say I was not very good at it. Luckily, I found some really good mentors and 20 plus years later I still paint. For this reason, I believe that anyone can learn to paint as long as you stick with it.

I work out of my home studio in Nipomo and love to paint in a number of different mediums. Whether it’s oils, mixed media, pastels or alcohol inks I feel each medium has its own special voice. As long as I am creating and learning I am happy.

Art in many ways has become my teacher. It reflects life to me and helps me to grow. Like a meditation it quiets my mind as I focus only on the subject that is in front of me. Though I often paint realistically I have also learned that painting abstractly can free my intuition and let me go to places within me that I didn’t know were there. Learning to let go some in my art has also helped me to let go some in life.

I have a strong desire to share the beauty I see in nature, in a simple flower or the spirit of an animal, I hope that my work inspires you and brings you some of the joy it has gifted me.

Artist Website
Painting of a house amongst a landscape by Marcia Kortas
Painting of a cactus in bloom by Marcia Kortas

John Langdon
Mixed Media

John Langdon has taken an unusual route to each of the facets of his career. While he “always knew he was an artist,” he was not supported or encouraged in that direction.

He inherited strong influences from his paternal grandparents. Susan Taft Langdon was a fine art painter who studied in Paris in the waning years of the 19th century. Courtney Langdon was a poet, linguist and translator, a professor of classical languages at Brown University. Hence, it comes quite naturally that John would specialize in the visual treatment of words.

Uncertain at first as to whether he would pursue writing or art, John majored in English at Dickinson College, and spent many hours in the art college’s studio teaching himself how to paint. After graduation, he attended evening courses at The Philadelphia College of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Lacking a degree in art or design, his employment odyssey began in a Philadelphia type shop, where he learned a great deal about type. During that year and a half, John obsessed over advertising and design periodicals and annuals, and eventually landing a job in a Philadelphia design studio. After six years, he began his free-lance career as a logo design and typography specialist.

In the late 60s three significant influences presented themselves. The yin/yang symbol, the graphic representation of the ancient Chinese philosophy, Taoism, became his personal guide in life as well as a significant influence on his approach to design. He was fascinated by the work of M.C. Escher, which graphically introduced him to the idea of multiple vantage points. Psychedelic poster lettering opened his mind about taking dramatic visual liberties with words. Through the 1980s John created a series of constructions that expressed his personal take on yin-yang relationships.

Blending those genetic, educational, and cultural influences, John invented and developed the art form now known as ambigrams — words designed in such a way that they can be read equally well from more than one point of view. Wordplay, his book of ambigrams and philosophical essays was published in 1992. It came to the attention of Dan Brown, who commissioned John to create several ambigrams for his novel, Angels & Demons. Dan named his perennial protagonist Robert Langdon, after John.

In 1996, while maintaining his free-lance business and teaching typography courses at Drexel University, John began to paint in earnest. While his early art influences were Magritte and Dali his later idols were pop artists — Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Jasper Johns. Over the past 30 years, John has created about 200 paintings, exploring a number of distinct themes, all presenting his unique approaches to the visual treatment of words.

Abstract image by John Langdon