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Who to See on 1st Thursday

31 Jul 2015 10:02 AM | Anonymous

The first Thursday of August falls on the 6 and it looks like it’s going to bring out the talent hidden in the woodwork. If you’re interested in seeing Santa Barbara’s own, we’ve got you covered with our picks for local artists showing off downtown for Santa Barbara's monthly 1st Thursday arts and culture event. 




At Bella Rosa Galleries, award-winning Ojai Studio Artist Valerie Freeman will be taking over with a collection of her nature-inspired mixed media paintings, as well as her new series of gestural Expressionist clay ceramic animals. “Gotta Itch” is Freeman’s series of equine sculptures featuring her signature Luster finish, an opulent luster glaze she creates from precious metals to produce a beautiful contrast against her raw, earthy elements.  

Gallery 113  is hosting members of the Santa Barbara Art Association, including Jerry Martin, their Artist of the Month. Martin’s show “Heaven, and Earth, and Home” will be on display, showcasing his plein air paintings that reflect the variety and inequities of the places we call home. Also showing at Gallery 113 on August 6 are SBAA members Michael Heffner, Carrie Givens, Malcolm Tuffnell, Gail Lucas, Robert Stark, Felice Willat and Virginia Butterfield.

Just down the alley at Santa Barbara Arts will be the work of Stephen Lewis, a self-taught landscape and portrait photographer from Santa Barbara. Lewis began shooting with a waterproof 35mm point-and-shoot film camera as a child, and has since progressed to creating almost painting-like photos using creative post-processing techniques and digital effects. 

A curator-led Art Crawl begins at 5:30pm in De la Guerra Plaza, on the back steps of City Hall (735 Anacapa St.) if you're not sure where to go next. But if you feel like venturing out on your own, we recommend veering off the beaten path to view Jenalee Harmon’s “Drought Resistant” show at CJM::LA.

For directions to any of these venues, please visit our new Galleries page.

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