Entering the Westmont Art Museum these days, one is immediately and blissfully accosted by a rich, rough-hewn display of folk art, pumped up with Pentecostal religious fervor. Welcome to the world of the Rev. William “W.C.” Rice (1930-2004), a house painter, preacher and artist from Alabama, whose art involves Christian messages splashed in hand-scrawled and sometimes misspelled words, on scrap wood, rusty tin, even a recycled stove top, but always fueled by passion — for both art-making and spreading the gospel as he saw fit. more
ART REVIEW: Art-Making in the Name of the Lord – [IN ONE OF THE STRONGEST ART SHOWS OF THE YEAR ‘WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: AMERICAN VISIONARY ARTISTS’ PRESENTS A FASCINATING SELECTION OF RELIGIOUS-FIRED ‘FOLK’ OR ‘OUTSIDER’ ART
Walking in the Spirit — The Westmont Ridgely-Tree Museum of Art features a unique collection of folk art from all over the United States, showcasing the artists’ spiritual conviction Feb. 20-March 29. more
But as a community, JPUSA has been dogged by controversy since the 1994publication of Recovering from Churches That Abuse. In that book, Ron Enroth, author and Westmont College sociologist, chronicled how former JPUSA members reported being spiritually abused. more
In a three-team meet at Westmont College, the Waves went against the host Warriors and UC Santa Barbara. more
DOWNTON ABBEY: Fans of the long-running PBS series jammed (60 were turned away) the Santa Barbara Library’s Faulkner Gallery Sunday for tea, a talk by Westmont prof Alister Chapman on The Decline of the English Aristocracy, and a screening of the series’ final show of the season. Next year’s is now under production in the U.K. Who will Lady Mary marry? What new scandal will erupt and have to be dealt with? WillDownton Abbey itself survive the decline and fall of the Brit manor-house elite and idle rich? more
*On February 20, Jok was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as one of three recipients for its Most Courageous Award, along with Akron men’s basketball operations coordinator Dan Peters and Westmont College women’s basketball coach Kirsten Moore. Dau will receive his award at the USBWA’s honors breakfast during the Final Four in Dallas on Monday, April 7. more
Things just added up perfectly earlier this month when four members of La Cañada High School’s Math Team competed and won the top spot at the 27th annual High School Mathematics Competition at Santa Barbara’s Westmont College. more
Bishop Diego (boys Division 5AA) and Santa Barbara High (girls 3AA) will have home games, Bishop playing Saddleback Valley Christian on Friday (Feb. 28) at Westmont College, the Dons girls hosting Yorba Linda on Saturday. more
Kelsie Sampson put up a career-tying 35 points on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium as #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-8, 9-4 GSAC) recorded an 80-55 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Concordia (11-14, 4-9 GSAC). The senior forward made 14 of 22 attempts from the floor. more
C.J. Miller”s double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Warriors to a Golden State Athletic Conference victory.
Miller was 12-of-14 from the field in the win, in which the Warriors used a 19-4 run out of the halftime break to put it away.
Jason Ritchey added 10 points and six rebounds in the win for Westmont (16-11, 5-8). more