Thursday, May 6, 2010

Westbound May 8



Contact: Russell Brutsché, (831) 426-4825,

Westbound: California Perspectives in Painting and Song

New art and music by Russell Brutsché will be presented Saturday May 8 from 2 to 8 pm at the Santa Cruz Art League. In this free one-day-only event, artist/songwriter Brutsché offers contemplative perspectives of our west coast as a would-be promised land.
Against the backdrop of vine-covered remains of the roller coaster, Ohlone Indians once again fish the San Lorenzo. In another painting, the full moon illuminates a Humvee-full of officers rounding up trespassing surfers at a now fenced-off Cowell's Beach. Many of his themes speak to our underlying societal premise that land is a possessable commodity. Drawing largely from local landscape, he shows how that premise often ironically serves to further disconnect us in actuality from the land. 

But it's not all doom and gloom. Undaunted, the moon shines down as serenely as ever. The fish have returned to our river. Brutsché's paintings, and songs as well, celebrate the natural world and portray a pared-down path of simplicity as one alternative to the possession-oriented consumer pace around us.

Brutsché will introduce songs from his just-released CD "The Westbound" with performances at 4 and 6 pm. The Art League is located at 526 Broadway, just off Ocean Street in downtown Santa Cruz.
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Those arriving by foot, bicycle, mass transit or other green transportation will receive 20% off any purchase.


Russell Brutsché works out of his east side Santa Cruz studio, and is on the Open Studios Committee. For more information or to schedule an interview, call 426-4825, email or go to


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