Contemporary artists highlighted in ‘Bio/Mass’ exhibition 

Staff Report

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is pleased to announce its upcoming discussion series “Bio/Mass: Summer Artist Talks.” The three-part Zoom series will highlight six artists from the Wildling’s current exhibition, “Bio/Mass: Contemporary Meditations on Nature,” in conversation with one another — Karen Kitchel and Catherine Eaton Skinner, Scott Chatenever and Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, and Maria Rendón and Sommer Roman. 

The three scheduled discussion dates are:

  • Tuesday, July 20, 4 to 5 p.m.: Artists Karen Kitchel and Catherine Eaton Skinner, moderated by Stacey Otte-Demangate, Wildling Museum executive director.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 4 to 5 p.m.: Artists Scott Chatenever and Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, moderated by Nicole Strasburg, “Bio/Mass“ exhibition co-curator.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 4 to 5 p.m.: Artists Maria Rendón and Sommer Roman, moderated by Holli Harmon, “Bio/Mass“ exhibition co-curator.

The artists featured in “Bio/Mass: Contemporary Meditations on Nature” utilize a diverse range of media — including sculpture, found materials, ceramic, encaustic, mixed media and painting. Through this series, participants are invited to learn more about each artist’s individual practice and their process as observers and interpreters of the natural world around them. 

Whether examining patterns in nature, studying landscapes, or combining and recombining singular elements that accumulate into a revealing larger work, these artists have translated their deep observation and fascination with their individual environments into works that beckon viewers to find beauty in the details of our world, celebrating both quiet and dramatic moments in nature.

The suggested donation for each of these virtual programs is $5. To register and learn more about the participating artists, visit Please email or call 805-686-8315 with any questions. 

The Wildling Museum’s ongoing Zoom programming is sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust. 

For more information on the Wildling Museum, and to volunteer or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution, please visit Additional digital resources are available at, including online galleries from all current exhibitions, links to art activities, videos, and more to help online visitors experience the museum from home.