Santa Barbara Art News

  • 02 Jun 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    This summer, Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture is hosting Drought Resistant, a series of solo shows by local female artists. In response to a shortage of contemporary art venues in the Santa Barbara’s otherwise rich art world, curator Patrick Melroy has collected a trio of women who have persevered through this dry spell and continued to advance their artistic practice, despite not having a lot of room to spread out.

    Background: Shots From the Sky by Cathy Ellis, 2014

    Drought Resistant will feature the work of a different artist each month through August, beginning with the talented Cathy Ellis. Educated at Sonoma State University and UCSB, Ellis has become known for her dramatic displays of color and skillful compositions. Her paintings reveal a thoughtful mind at work on the shifting perceptions of memory and mistake, luring viewers into filling in the backstory and constructing their own meaning out of the elegantly splotchy figures and landscapes. 

     Ellis has exhibited her work nationally at venues including the MCA Santa Barbara, the Minan Gallery in Los Angeles, and San Francisco's Southern Exposure. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.

    Ellis’ exhibit runs from June 1-June 30, with an opening reception on June 4 from 5pm-8pm at CJM::LA (300 E. Canon Perdido St. #C-2).

    Stay tuned for more on next month’s artist!

  • 28 May 2015 12:04 AM | Anonymous

    A group of artists at SlingShot, the working studio and gallery at Alpha Resource Center, have created a beautiful mosaic boulder in memory of the mother of the center's Executive Director, Kimberly Olsen. Santa Barbara Artist Directory Member Betsy Gallery fabricated the boulder and trained the artists to make the mosaic based on their own designs. The large piece will be installed on the Alpha Resource Center's main campus at  4501 Cathedral Oaks Road in Santa Barbara.

    SlingShot is an extension of the art studio program at Alpha Resource Center, a multi-faceted service center for those with developmental disabilities. SlingShot aims to bring disabled artists in closer contact with Santa Barbara's rich art world, giving their work greater visibility. Visitors to the studio can meet the artists and see them create and present a range of unique folk and contemporary art.

  • 19 May 2015 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    This weekend, American Dance & Music (formerly Ballet Santa Barbara) will present Turkish By Matisse and Other Delights, a four-part dance performance featuring pieces by Mari Sandoval, Nathan Cottam and AD&M Director Carrie Diamond. Inspired by Matisse's Turkish odalisque portraits, the featured ballet Turkish By Matisse was originally performed by its choreographer, Ms. Sandoval, and is now in its third generation of dancers, performed by AD&M's Nikki Pfeiffer this weekend. 

    For more information, hop over to Santa Barbara Seasons

  • 15 May 2015 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    Santa Barbara is bursting at the seams with creative talent, and one huge source of creativity is the 20,000-plus people that make up UCSB. If you’re interested in seeing some of the fantastic work that comes out of the university, look no further than The Catalyst, a literary arts magazine produced by a student collective at UCSB. Brought back to life in 2013 after a several-year hiatus, The Catalyst is now a gorgeous, free, full-color quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing the art and creative writing of UCSB students and staff. The Catalyst also has a unique student-run, interdisciplinary class on campus as well as throwing art-related community events several times a year.

    To launch the latest volume, Issue V, The Catalyst is hosting a release party this Tuesday to celebrate their annual Isla Vista issue. Always a reflection on the community it represents, the Isla Vista Issue this year is a particularly cathartic compilation in light of last May's tragedy. On May 19, the community will come together for an evening of lighthearted revelry to celebrate the new issue and the strength of the community it reflects.

    The event, dubbed the IV Art Fest, boasts a stacked lineup of music and spoken word, plus a variety of interactive experiences like typewriter poetry written on the spot just for you. Attendees can browse the work of local artists and vendors, as well as the debut of #SaveThe Catalyst, a Kickstarter campaign dedicated to raising money for the continued publication of the magazine. And if you find yourself peckish (or downright starving), the Isla Vista Food Co-op is there to fuel your fun, with a portion of proceeds from the night benefitting The Catalyst.

    If you’re interested in dancing, perusing art, and supporting your artistic community, come to the Isla Vista Food Co-op on May 19 from 4:00-9:30 p.m. to pick up a copy of The Catalyst and celebrate the spirit and creativity of our community!

  • 14 May 2015 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    State Street came to life last week as the Santa Barbara art community convened for 1st Thursday, the monthly art and culture event downtown. With the sounds of gypsy jazz and wine-induced laughter floating through the air, participants wandered from venue to venue, perusing galleries and enjoying one-off performances at various locations.

    This month’s event featured the usual suspects, like the Museum of Contemporary Art above Paseo Nuevo, which opened the doors to the public for its current multi-media exhibit, Teen Paranormal Romance, a series of art installations dealing with angst, dystopia and escapism.  The Santa Barbara Museum of Art was also open for free, as per usual on Thursday evenings, with added benefits such as a “stick” performance by the unusual instrument’s inventor, Emmett Chapman, to go along with SBMA’s Degas to Chegal exhibit.

    The galleries were also out in full force, with work by local artist and guests alike. Among the local artists represented was Brazilian-born Andre Monlleo, featured at Bella Rosa Galleries. Monlleo created his Houses on Bath collection of neighborhood architectural paintings using acrylic, sharpies and—creatively—coffee. Artamo Gallery, on Anapamu Street, featured the Santa Barbara debut of guest artist Clay White’s large abstract gesture paintings. And Sundial Studios & Gallery, meanwhile, showed off their artist-of-the-month Kyle Allan’s whimsical pen and ink drawings, as well as painting, sculpture and ceramic work from the other Sundial artists.

    Some of the most unique venues, however, were those that took advantage of 1st Thursday’s potential for different mediums. “Art Saves Lives: Mental Illness and Art” was a special Mad Art Pop-Up Event hosted at Channing Peake Gallery in honor of Mental Health Month. The event featured panelists discussing art’s therapeutic properties as well as the debut of Mania, a short 3D video by artist Lucia Grossberger Morales, set against the backdrop of Channing Peake’s current Under the Influence exhibit for a truly multi-media event.

    If you find yourself regretting the fact that you missed 1st Thursday this month, there’s always the next one on June 4. So why not get downtown and check out our buoyant local art scene for yourself?

  • 13 May 2015 8:01 PM | Anonymous

    Distant Memory

    Local artist James Petrucci opened his new exhibit weightless today—find out his charitable cause over at Santa Barbara Seasons:


  • 11 May 2015 10:10 PM | Anonymous

    Adam Barruch and Chelsea Bonosky, photo by Tsukuru Asada

    SB DANCEworks has announced the winner of their 2015 creative residency, the accomplished dancer, choreographer and actor Adam Barruch. Santa Barbara Seasons has the scoop on Barruch and his ambitious new interpretation of Sweeney Todd, to be performed on the stage of the Lobero Theatre this fall:

  • 07 May 2015 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The Declarations of Independents opens today at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery! This exhibit of twentieth-century female modernists celebrates the bold work of artists such as Lyla Harcoff, Grace Vollmer and Betty Lane. 

    Santa Barbara Seasons has the lowdown:

  • 05 May 2015 6:48 PM | Anonymous

    Local artist Meredith Brooks Abbott's new exhibit Days That Count is now running at Sullivan Goss through June 28.

    Painting by Meredith Brooks Abbott, photo courtesy of Sullivan Goss

    Check out the details over at Santa Barbara Seasons

  • 23 Oct 2014 9:36 AM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Her work and her story are truly inspiring. Stunning work.

    Casa Dorinda Sculptor Busting Through Retirement

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