“The sun was unreasonably hot the day folks gathered to attend the reception of Lisa Schulte’s “Article 16” and its guests were feeling it. Instead of inducing an irritable atmosphere, the oppressive heat had an interesting converse effect: it unified the art lovers who had convened at Porch Gallery Ojai, donning a wholesome, down-to-earth demeanor. They chatted and wiped the sweat from their brows, sat on the gallery’s porch and viewed the artwork through the large bay windows, and as the temperatures dipped slightly with the setting sun, the neon in the artwork softened in accord (a shift enacted when gallery manager Lisa Casoni turned down the dials at the bases of each neon and wood sculpture).”

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