Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 | Author:

Chakaia Booker

The Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art

December 11, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 4-6pm

Color of Hope . 2010 . Rubber tires & wood, 98 x 174 x 36 inches . Courtesy of Chakaia Booker.

Color of Hope . 2010 . Rubber tires & wood, 98 x 174 x 36 inches . Courtesy of Chakaia Booker.

 

 

The Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art is proud to host Chakaia Booker’s West Coast premiere exhibition!

Booker’s commanding rubber tire sculptures range from otherworldly configurations to sensual, anthropomorphized forms. Booker’s prints are equally captivating. She has worked in a variety of media and practiced many art forms, but rubber tires – with their raw, industrial texture and jet-black intensity – have become Booker’s chosen medium and the hall- mark of her artistic identity.

Her sculptures are visual treats, but more importantly they urge viewers to confront the complexities of contemporary society. Industry, the environment, race, class, and gender all form the conceptual basis of her abstracted sculptural work. To create her prints, Booker works in collaboration with Master Printer Phil Sanders and utilizes several methods including woodcut, chine colle, embossing, and hand-painting.

Booker’s art contains multiple levels of significance and complexity, but her work remains accessible. The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art invites you to experience Booker’s nuanced reinvention of rubber tires, as well as her dynamic works on paper.

 

Museum hours are 10am – 4pm Monday through Friday, and 11am – 5pm on Saturdays.

The Museum is closed Sundays and college holidays.

Admission is free. Free group tours by appointment.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | Author:

Hey everyone. This email just landed in my inbox and I don’t want to waste a minute before getting it out to the masses. It is a really cool idea, and it a chance to have your work featured in the News-Press. Read the email below for all the details about the story and instructions on how to submit.

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Good afternoon, Nathan

I’m working on a Life section cover story about what artists would imagine Santa Barbara would look like if we had a true, snowy winter.

I’m looking for artists to paint or draw an image of distinctive Santa Barbara areas covered with snow. It would be within the city limits of Santa Barbara and could be State Street, the Mission, the harbor, etc. (One artist so far has agreed to paint an image of a snow-covered Courthouse.)

If they’d like to participate, they can reach me at 805-564-5277, dmason@newspress.com. I would need the art completed by Dec. 7. The medium can be any kind of painting or drawing.

During the week of Dec. 7, I would have a News-Press photographer take a picture of the finished  art and the artist. I would ask the artist a few questions for the story. I would be glad to include the artist’s contact or website information with the story, and the artist could use that to sell the original art or prints of it.

The story will run in late December before Christmas.

Thanks, Nathan,

Dave Mason

Features reporter

Santa Barbara News-Press

805-564-5277

dmason@newspress.com

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 | Author:

Recent paintings by Andy Proctor.

Sunday November 16th
from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Milk And Honey
30 W Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, California 93101

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Wednesday, November 05th, 2014 | Author:

This is a busy few days for art lovers in Santa Barbara. Tomorrow night is 1st Thursday, and I’ll be leading the Art Crawl. Then this weekend you have Funk Zone’s Second Saturday, which will include the very exciting exhibition listed below. Save your energy on Thursday night so you can still be ready for Saturday afternoon.

GONE Gallery

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Wednesday, November 05th, 2014 | Author:

Santa Barbara Arts CollaborativeIt’s that time again. The Pied Piper for this month’s Art Crawl will be yours truly. I was supposed to lead the Crawl a few months ago, but came down with a cold at the last minute. SO… this is my chance to make it up to everyone. There are a lot of really great places to stop and a couple of surprises.  I just got word yesterday that one of my favorite “underground” locations is going to be having a show for the first time in… a year? I’ll be putting together an itinerary of diverse locations to give the greatest sense of the full spectrum of artistic output that our town has to offer.

If you’d like to join me on the Art Crawl, meet us here:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • 5:30 PM

    Santa Barbara City Hall – WE MEET ON THE BACK STEPS OF CITY HALL ON DE LA GUERRA PLAZA

    735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA (map)

    IF YOU CAN’T BE THERE RIGHT AT 5:30, POST A COMMENT BELOW AND I’LL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHERE WE’LL BE AFTER CITY HALL

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