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  • 30 Sep 2014 11:26 AM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Seal of Santa Barbara

    Betsy Gallery just won the 2014 Award for her work on a Mosaic seal in a public space. The details were written up in Edhat.

  • 17 Sep 2014 10:49 AM | Peter Otte (Administrator)
    Leslie Dinaberg wrote an excellent review of our site on the Seasons Magazine blog:

    Please check it out!

  • 08 Sep 2014 7:28 PM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Panel Discussion

    Nancy Gifford participated in a panel discussion on Saturday September 6th for the event Requiem for the Bibliophile. It was standing room only and many of the panel members came from different parts of the country; one American expat traveled all the way from New Zealand. Casa Magazine wrote a superb review of the event: Requiem for the Bibliophile

    Although ostensibly an art exhibition, the discussion brought to mind the upheaval in the publishing industry. In the 1980's, large media outfits were buying up our favorite publishing houses. It was known as media consolidation.

    Then in the mid 1990's, Barnes and Noble, Border's, and one other chain whose name I've forgotten took over book selling. Every mall in America wanted a superstore with an appendix-ed coffeeshop for those who hankered for a late night latte. The indie bookstores, the champions of new authors, went out of business one-by-one.

    Then, skulking in the tall grass, came the ravenous beast Amazon. They put Borders out of business and beat Barnes and Noble into lowly submission. Amazon has been selling many other products and adding warehouses around the country so that even the lumbering giant Walmart is concerned.

    But while Amazon bickers over terms paid to publishers like the Hachette Group, the pendulum appears to have swung back. It seems like independent bookstores are making a comeback. Here in town you can witness Chaucer's thriving success, stalwart The Book Den, which has managed to stay in business since 1908,  and newcomer Granada Books. They possess something that Amazon never will: friendly and informed salespeople who can help you find the author you never knew about.

    The panel leader asked us, "How many of you own a library card?" Many of us raised our hands and for good reason. Our libraries have survived the ravages of the Great Recession and the state and municipal budget crisis, perhaps because of our healthy tax base and the generous concern of local leaders.

  • 01 Sep 2014 2:55 PM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Please welcome the following new members (alphabetical order) to the Santa Barbara Artist Directory:

    Karin Aggeler: Profile Link
    Karen Chin: Profile Link
    Lee Anne Dollison: Profile Link
    Sally Hamilton: Profile Link
    Holli Harmon: Profile Link
    Mary Heebner: Profile Link
    Sara Lytle: Profile Link
    Ted Mills: Profile Link
    Kimberly Pratt-Shiber: Profile Link
    Joan Rosenberg-Dent: Profile Link
    Susan Venable: Profile Link
    Joyce Wilson: Profile Link

    Thanks for taking the time to look at our artist’s work.

  • 05 Aug 2014 2:49 PM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    We just got a really nice write-up on the Santa Barbara Art Blog by author Nathan Vonk. Please check it out.

  • 02 Aug 2014 3:23 PM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Please welcome the following new members (alphabetical order) to the Santa Barbara Artist Directory who have completed their online profiles and are ready for primetime:

    David Diamant: Profile Link
    Nancy Gifford: Profile Link
    Kerrie Kilpatrick-Weinberg: Profile Link
    Kedsunee Volasanh: Profile Link

    Thanks for taking the time to look at our artist’s work.

  • 27 Jul 2014 7:27 AM | Peter Otte (Administrator)

    Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show a Waterfront Fixture, But Artists  are Feeling a Squeeze

    For going on 50 years, local participating artists say they love Sunday outlet but want more attention, advertising to sustain it.

    This  artist directory can help bring the attention and advertising they need.  We hope we can help keep this wonderful institution alive.

    Read the Noozhawk article.

  • 21 Nov 2013 2:12 PM | Peter Otte (Administrator)
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