Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Author:


ON EDGE FESTIVAL     September 18 – 21, 2014

“The On Edge Festival is first event of its kind on the Central Coast, bringing internationally renowned performance artists to Santa Barbara to present their new work over one weekend. By transitioning our Forum Lounge series into a weekend-long itinerary of events, the festival will expand into a greater population, as well as deepen the experiences for current audiences while staying true to the popular program’s mission. The festival also features educational programs that allow for interaction with local students and other non-profits.

On Edge Festival Schedule        Press Release

Participating artists for the 2014 premiere of the On Edge Festival include:

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 | Author:

Funk Zone Artist VillageMesa Lane Partners has been working extremely hard on securing the permits for the FZAV. They’ve submitted our applications, plans and all the other info the City has required and are now scheduled to go before the ABR for a concept review on Monday, September 15th. This will be the first of likely 3 public hearings scheduled over the next month or two and they will need to show lots of support from the community during this process.

It’s critical to the ultimate success of the project that they get the community behind us to show the City just how important and beneficial this project will be for the neighborhood. If they can get a big and consistent turnout at these few public hearings in the coming weeks, it will make their cause and what they’re trying to do immensely stronger. They’re working on getting as many people to the hearing on 9/15 as possible. So if you are interested and available this Monday, please show up for the meeting to show your support for what will be a historic project.


The hearing will start at 3pm on 9/15 and is held in the public meeting room at 630 Garden St. 
Also, they just went live with the website this week and will be populating it with more artist bios soon. Check it out at fz-av.com.
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Friday, September 12th, 2014 | Author:

POP UP Art show:

David J Diamant

Sat. Sept. 13th 12pm-4pm

Corner of Yanonali & Grey Ave. in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara, CA.

This Saturday from 12pm-4pm, during the “2nd Saturday Funk Zone Art Walk,” David J Diamant will be having a POP UP art show on the corner of Yanonali & Grey Avenues in the Funk Zone.

Artwork displayed will be from a variety of his series: MOODHEADS, Pork On Tap, Residue, Tiny Bubbles, and more!


Here is a short time-lapse video of the last POP UP art show (4 hrs in 2 min. w/ extra added super flavoured original art animations!):

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | Author:

Make sure to check out the artist reception for this show on Friday night, but also let this serve as a reminder that this weekend is Second Saturday in the Funk Zone.  The place is changing so rapidly that every month there are new things to see. Be a witness to the evolution.

wall space2wall space gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of gallery artist Maxine Helfman. In today’s climate of changing cultural and societal shifts, expected norms and ideals are all turned on their head with this extensive body of work challenging us to expand our boundaries of understanding.

Maxine Helfman’s work reinterprets classic portraiture, traditional ideas of esthetics and substance. In a collision of the unexpected, these images require the viewer to linger a little longer, to contemplate the ideas behind the work more deeply and question our sensibilities and presumptions of beauty, of our convictions and assumptions of gender, race and class.

Showcasing four unique series, the walls will be filled with arresting images to ponder and question. Fabrication discusses gender roles and identity. Boys between the ages of 8-12 wearing dresses, in an open display of their unique connection to the frock of their choice. Historical Correction takes classic Flemish Portraits and connects us to race, class and gender.

Geisha talks of expectation, of subservience, where assumptions are made, questioned and left for us to answer. Maxine’s newest series, Summertime, reminds us of the lush southern landscape through incorporated object, yet her portraits engage us in the power and grace inherent of the women who are comfortable in their skin.

Join us for a weekend of photography events with Maxine. Stop in Friday night September 12th for Maxine’s Artist Reception.  During the Funk Zone Art Walk on Saturday September 12th, Maxine will be in the gallery for a conversation about her images, and the creativity behind them.

wall space1About Maxine Helfman –  

Maxine Helfman is self-taught, late bloomer. After spending years as a stylist and art director, Helfman realized her vision by getting behind the camera. She has since been shooting commercially for advertising and editorial clients, while pursuing personal projects. Her work has been recognized in PX3, IPA, Foto DC, Flash Forward Boston, Critical Mass, British Journal of Photography, Photo News, as well as the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art Houston.


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Monday, September 08th, 2014 | Author:

Hello out there, fellow art lovers.  Mrs. Art-Blogger and myself just brought a mini art lover into the world, so I’ve been a bit behind schedule recently. For example, I was horrified when I realized that I forgot to post this notice for an opening reception at Muddy Waters last weekend.  When I first moved to town ten years ago the first artist I started collecting was a young guy from Carpinteria named Jimmy Bell. So I feel a bit of responsibility to help him out when I can.

I may have failed to get the word out before the opening, but the art is going to be on the wall all month. So stop in to get a cuppa joe at Muddy Waters and peruse the great art you’ll see on the wall there. And if you see something you like, find a place for it on a wall at home.

Jimmy Bell

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