Public Reception for Puccinality: the Handmade Life of Fran and Keith Puccinelli

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Date(s) and Time of Event: 

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 2:00pm


CCS Gallery

“Puccinality” features the art of Fran and Keith Puccinelli along with selections from their renown folk art collection. It is a term the couple has used to define their personal style and passion for the handmade. In a 2012 article for about their Ventura home, the couple shared, “Our style may be described as having ‘Puccinality’ (poo-chin-ality), a free-wheeling yet tasteful stew of modern (the geodesic dome/IKEA kitchen) meets contemporary (we have a lot of contemporary art) meets folk (that hand-made thing is big on our list). Juxtaposition and surprise are okay with us.”

Since 1984, when Fran and Keith married, the Puccinellis have been a creative, dynamic and generous force in the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Fran Garvin Puccinelli was an extraordinary entrepreneur with her four businesses on Linden Avenue including the Frances Puccinelli Gallery where she was one of the first to introduce the region to North and Latin American folk art. Keith Puccinelli ran the award-winning Puccinelli Design firm and many of his logos are still being used by local businesses today including Enterprise Fish Co., Hospice of Santa Barbara, and SOAP. As a fine artist, Keith has shown throughout the Southern California region with solo exhibitions of his drawings and installations at the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara), and Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

This exhibition is a celebration of the Pucinnelli’s artful life and features Fran’s textiles, Keith’s drawings and sculptures, and many objects of curiosity from their collection. The project is organized by artist/curator Dane Goodman, independent curator/writer Meg Linton, and director of the CCS Art Gallery Dan Connally.