Santa Barbara Art News

  • 03 Sep 2015 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    It’s that time of year again! The Santa Barbara Studio Artists 14th annual open studio tour takes place this Labor Day Weekend. From Saturday September 5 through Sunday September 6, you can visit any of the studios between the hours of 11am-5pm. The group of participating artists will include at least one familiar face: Santa Barbara Artist Directory member Karin Aggeler (Kona 6, pictured).

    Karin Aggeler, Kona 6

    To kick things off, Corridan Gallery is hosting an opening reception for the event from 5-8pm on Friday, September 4 (located at 125 N. Milpas St. in Santa Barbara). For the rest of the weekend, participants can guide themselves to 34 different studios located throughout Santa Barbara (as well as one in Buellton.)

    Regular tickets are $20, with a discount for groups, but the more you spend the better—this year’s tour benefits the Breast Cancer Resource Center, a support center and educational resource for those affected by or concerned with breast cancer. Please visit Santa Barbara Studio Artists online to purchase tickets, view studio locations or arrange individual studio visits any time of year.

    Founded in 2000, the Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour publicizes professional artists working in the area and promotes Santa Barbara as an important destination for art and culture. Originally intended to revive the tradition of patrons visiting artists in the studio, the studio tour has since grown to be a national destination for buyers, designers and gallery owners. So get out there this weekend and enjoy the national talent in your own backyard!

  • 27 Aug 2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    If you’ve been eagerly waiting to see the new mural project on lower State Street, you won’t have to wait much longer. Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will cut the ribbon with project benefactor Michael McDonald on Saturday, September 5. The 4 o’clock event will be a true community street celebration, complete with Mariachi music and canapés.

    Over the course of the summer, local artists and their assistants created a collection of sixteen 8’x6’ murals. Participants include artists David Diamant, Anke Gladnick, Aviel Hyman, Barbara Eberhart, Danny Meza, Earl Arnold, Jess Nieuhues, Jonathon Hernandez, Kathee Christie, Lauren Manzo, Maryvonne Laparliere, Matt Rodriguez, Metrov, Rafael Perea De La Cabada, Sara Wilcox, Shannon McCain Jaffe, Yaneli Delgado and assistants Victoria Cutbirth and Madison Dykstra.

    Santa Barbara Artist Directory Member David J Diamant

    The murals, located at the La Entrada section of lower State Street, are part of the Postcards of Santa Barbara Project, a collaboration with the local chapter of creative entrepreneurship academy Youth Interactive. The art covers up the unsightly construction that's been ongoing across the street from the Hotel Indigo, at the future home of the Community Arts Workshop of Santa Barbara. 

    CAW, set to open in spring 2016, will serve as a creative workspace for artists. Located at 631 Garden Street, it is meant to be an accessible, affordable center for artists of all disciplines. Until it opens, you can enjoy the Postcards of Santa Barbara murals as soon as they're opened on September 5.

  • 25 Aug 2015 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Santa Barbara Artist Directory is pleased to welcome our newest member, Rodger Dawson! 

    Rodger is a local photographer from Santa Barbara. He concentrates on shooting beautiful landscapes, cityscapes and architecture. The phenomenal photograph shown above is from Rodger’s collection of photographs shot in various locations across the globe.


    For more information, take a look at his profile on the Santa Barbara Artist Directory, and you can see even more of Rodger's work on his website.

  • 21 Aug 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    After a long dry summer, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is kicking off the 2015-2016 season with an ArtWatch show titled “tug.” The exhibit features the artwork of two renowned artists: the award-winning Dane Goodman of Santa Barbara, and the internationally recognized Keith Puccinelli, based in Ventura. Both men work in a wide range of media, from drawings and paintings to dynamic sculptures crafted out of everyday materials. Together, this pair of local artists have created a 3D installation for the Ridley-Tree Museum that tackles current events and today's cutting-edge issues. 


    You can join the opening reception on September 2 from 4:30-7pm, and while you’re be there be sure to go downstairs to check out the Wesley Anderegg ceramic sculpture that will be on display throughout fall 2015. “tug” is open through October 17, Monday through Saturday. Admission is always free to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. 

    For directions, please visit our Museum page.

  • 17 Aug 2015 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara has just put a lot of confidence in the hands of three very innovative artists. MCASB recently commissioned John Connor for their latest limited edition work of art, a 3D-printed sculpture titled TDE: Fence Burner. The piece was produced in collaboration with two other talented contemporary artists from California. 

    The small-scale piece is a 3D-printed replica of a partially destructed chain-link fence, modeled after a real one that appeared in downtown Los Angeles one fateful night: the night that Connor’s artistic collaborators Sayre Gomez and JPW3 each had their first solo show in L.A.

    With the help of Gomez and JPW3, the full-size parking lot fence was scanned, rendered and reproduced in plastic using a 3D printer. The piece was then plated in nickel to produce the final product, which the artists intend to utilize as an incense burner. A second version of the project was also created, a poster featuring a print-ready file of the 3D digital render in a dynamic artistic composition.

    TDE: Fence Burner was commissioned as part of MCASB’s limited edition program, a process in which artists are commissioned to experiment and create innovative new artworks as a benefit for MCASB’s exhibitions and educational programs. For inquiries or to purchase a limited edition of TDE: Fence Burner, you can contact Frederick Janka, Director of Development at MCASB.

  • 11 Aug 2015 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    "With the coming of the Nazis, a sense of malaise pervaded our lives. Children threw stones at us, calling us names. Jewish people began to disappear," recalls Holocaust survivor Margaret Singer of her childhood in Frankfurt, Germany. 

    What had once been a pleasant life for young Singer and her Jewish family quickly became a nightmare, and even after fleeing to the U.S. with her siblings she was haunted by what she had seen. In the States, she turned to painting as a way of coping with her trauma. “All the years I’ve been painting, I paint the same subjects… the people walking, marching and faces that haunt me.”

    Singer attended City College and eventually earned her BA in Art at UCSB, as well as her MA in Educational Psychology. Now 94 years old, Singer has been painting for nearly that long, although she tends toward happier subjects now. Her newest exhibition “Celebration” is an homage to making it through 94 years in what she believes is ultimately a good universe. 

    Singer has taught figure and landscape at SBCC’s adult education program for more than 20 years. Her own work has been shown all over Santa Barbara, at SBMA, Gallery 113, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Abstract Art Collective and SBAA, among many other places.  

    You can celebrate her new exhibit on Wednesday, August 12 in the Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara. Twenty-five percent of the art sales will be donated to Hospice, a volunteer hospice organization that also plays host to some excellent local art shows. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception from 5:30-7pm. 

  • 06 Aug 2015 7:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Goleta Valley Art Association is hosting their monthly art show from August 7 through August 26. With pieces ranging from watercolor and oil painting to collage, the show will feature over 40 new pieces by many award-winning local artists. Established Santa Barbara painter Warner Nienow will judge the show, sharing his thoughts on the pieces on the final evening of the exhibit at 6:15pm. 

    The show will be hosted in the Community Events Rooms of the Goleta Valley Library at 500 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta. Please call the library at (805) 964-7878 for hours. If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the show, you can contact GVAA directly at (805) 898-9424.

    GVAA is comprised of over 260 members who support and promote one another’s artistic work. The association also puts on visual arts exhibitions, workshops, field trips and social events. For more information, please visit them online

  • 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.

  • 28 Jul 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    It’s almost August, which means it’s time for the third and final installment of Drought Resistant. Cathy Ellis and Megan Mueller have each already exhibited their work as part of CJM::LA’s summer series devoted to showcasing local contemporary art. Now it’s Jenalee Harmon’s turn to tackle the theme and show that contemporary art persists.

    Slippery When Wet by Jenalee Harmon

    Local artist Jenalee Harmon works with vibrant color palettes and sleek, photographic materials to arrest your attention from a distance. She converges image and object is sure to make you do a triple take, putting forth curious pieces that leave you with more questions than answers.

    Harmon earned her MFA from UCSB and has since worked professionally in Southern California. She shows regularly, and will be exhibiting at Peak Experiences at Shangri-LA in Joshua Tree this coming September. Locally, her work has been shown in the Mystical Absolutes exhibit at UCSB as well as in Nervous for a New Reason and Ectoplastic Fantastic in Santa Barbara.

    Harmon’s solo Drought Resistant show runs from August 3 through August 28. You can join the reception at CJM::LA (300 E. Canon Perdido St., #C-2) on Thursday, August 6 from 5-8pm. 

  • 24 Jul 2015 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Santa Barbara Artist Directory member David J Diamant has been commissioned to create a mural downtown as part of The Postcards of Santa Barbara Public Mural Project. This recently approved enterprise enlists Diamant and 16 other artists to each paint an individual 8-foot-by-6-foot mural at "The Shed" on lower State Street. Diamant will be working on his piece “divefly” (pictured), which begins its installation in August and should be comletely up by the beginning of September.  

    divefly by David J Diamant

    The project is a community-oriented one, including other local artists such as Danny MezaD. A. Metrov, Earl Arnold, Matt Rodriguez and Jonathon Hernandez. Their temporary murals will be up for a year, but they will live on in print: each artist’s mural will be printed on postcards to be sold as a benefit for the local youth program Youth Interactive

     Youth Interactive is an international creative entrepreneurship academy with a local branch downtown on Anacapa Street. The program bridges the gap between opportunity and economic standing and helps youths become self-sufficient in creatively fulfilling ways, with the help of a variety of local professionals who lend their expertise.

     The Postcards of Santa Barbara project has been in the works since early last year year, when Amass Gallery closed and left Youth Interactive artists without a space to showcase their work and interact with the community. In response, a group of collaborators including YI's Nathalie Gensac worked tirelessly to secure a new space to show off Santa Barbara's homegrown talent. "I for one hope it will work to really reflect the best of our city, benefit our great local artists and SB’s unique collaborative community," says Gensac.

    Keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful pieces of public art as they go up this summer! 

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