Monday, February 08th, 2016 | Author:

LOVE is the perfect theme for this inaugural exhibit of Studio 20. Collaboration, brainstorming and problem solving is what brings this unique group of  artists together. Each studies collage and mixed media at Santa Barbara City Collage, CLLL, resulting in images that reflect LOVE.

Beverley Jackson, Veronica Mishou, Melanie von der Schulenburg, Diane Johnson,
Jane Macedo de Veer, Kate Doordan Klavan, Lois Klein, Lila Trachtenberg,
Janna Valenzuela, Lindsey Green, Piri Friedman, Rosemarie C. Gebhart,
Leah Temkin, Denise Woolery, Jack HewettKate Doordan Klavan-artist

Reception:  February 12th, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates:  February 12th – March 4th, 2016
Gallery Hours:  10am – 9pm, Daily
Susan Tibbles  Curator/ Director
Celebrating art + people. Featuring new artists on the 2nd Friday of each month.
Santa Barbara Tennis Club
2375 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 • 805.862.4722
Monday, February 08th, 2016 | Author:

This is an unusual post, since I generally focus exclusively on the Santa Barbara area. However, this show features so many of the Santa Barbara artists that are regulars on this blog, that I thought should take a second to help publicize it and suggest that, if you are feeling adventurous, you might head down to LA for the Downtown art walk to see this show. There are more than 130 artists featured in this exhibition and just some of the locals who will be participating can be found below:

Wallace Piatt, Brad Nack, David J. Diamant, Matt Rodriguez, GONE, Holly Mackay, Tara Patrick, Michael Matheson, and Tanner Goldbeck (who lives in LA now, but his Santa Barbara ties are strong).

I’m probably missing a few, but you can see the whole list and get directions here:

Have fun!




Wednesday, February 03rd, 2016 | Author:

This one qualifies for a DO NOT MISS seal of approval. It’s not on the maps, but it is going to be really special. Make sure to add it to your itinerary.


Holly Mackay Art Exhibition at Roy
7 W. Carillo St.

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In an exhibition entitled Gumdrop Chicken X-Ray Vision Mackay’s paintings and mixed media work will be on display at Roy during the month of February 2016. Restaurant Roy is located at 7 West Carrillo Street in downtown Santa Barbara and opens daily at 6pm.

Mackay finds both inspiration and anxiety in the complicated relationships, responsibilities and tasks of her every day life. Her mixed media paintings are dense, with images and words worked over and over, carved into and painted out until the surfaces resemble a “Baroque quinoas” of details extracted from the labyrinth of the mundane. In both a celebration of the absurd and a sincere search for meaning in the every day, these paintings are time capsules, markers, secret messages without the decoder ring, or like a the tattoos that accrue on the bodies of sailors.

The laws of thermodynamics meet noisy chickens, relationship woes are transformed into fields of poppies, felted rats are psychoanalyzed, confidences are contained and desires leaked. Traces of events and encounters cling to the surface of these paintings in new patterns that tell new stories in something like a new language that is forged between the inevitable question (what does it mean?) and the possibility of an answer.

Mackay received a BFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee Scotland.

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Wednesday, February 03rd, 2016 | Author:

February 5th, 2015 5:00 – 8:00 PM
The Art Walk is the Funk Zone’s bi-quarterly event initiated to highlight the neighborhood’s vibrant artistic community. Roughly every eight weeks, over a dozen artist studios, galleries, and art-centric venues open their doors to the public from 5-8pm, making it the ideal day to casually experience the Funk Zone’s cultural offerings. At any given venue, visitors can expect events such as exhibition openings and artist receptions, insightful art lectures, live music and performances, pop-up artist booths, beer and wine tastings, and food trucks. The event is free to the public and welcomes all age groups.Sean Anderson - Violet Basics
Below is a list of this coming Art Walk’s February 5th happenings:

The Arts Fund
205C Santa Barbara St
Exhibition Opening, Artist Reception for South County Sampler, a “taste” of singular portions of the fare of eight accomplished artists who all reside in the small beach community of Carpinteria, CA.

The Blue Door
4 E Yanonali St
richard-mann-bio-1Featured art by and meet-and-greet with Richard Mann, who painted in in his Funk Zone studio throughout the 1970’s. His works and site-specific installations are housed in both private and public collections around the world.

Gallerie Silo
118B Gray Ave
Eros–Art of the Sensuous: An exhibition of curves, lines and colors. Paintings and Pastels by Michael C. Armour, Photographic Constructions by Steven DePinto.

GONE Gallery
219 Grey Ave
“ART SHOW” is an art show presented by David Diamant and Matt Rodriguez.
This exhibition is for ONE NIGHT ONLY! These two artists will be showing a retrospective of works on canvas and recycled materials such as plexiglass and wood as well as a new pieces and a few collaborative works. Along with the larger pieces, there will be a significant section of smaller pieces available in the signature style of these two artists.

GraySpace Gallery
219 Gray Ave
Abstractions: 2 Woman Artists, abstract paintings by Dahlia Riley and Peggy Ferris, a simple play of color and rhythm in a visual melody that words cannot describe, involving a mix of intention, intuition and chance. Refreshments will be served.

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara – MCASB Satellite
117 State St
Magic Mountain exhibition featuring artists Zachary Cahill, Alyse Emdur, Chris Johanson, Boris Mikhailov, Yunhee Min, Shana Moulton, John Newling, Johan Rosenmunthe, Truong Cong Tung, and Hannah Vainstein. Art works explore the curative properties of nature, and investigate the inspiration for quests and obsessions, and the truths, mysteries, antidotes, and rabbit holes that arise along the way.

Mason Street Studios
121 E Mason St
The Funk Zone’s latest art venue, remixing three locals in one new space! New works by Philip Koplin, featuring a sampling of painting, drawing, assemblage and photography. Mix of New and Newer, landscape and abstract works by artist Lisa Pedersen in her studio. Mysterious World, a collection of sculpted paintings by Jill Sattler. Guest artist Hugh Margerum will be showing as well.

MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery
132 Santa Barbara St
CLICK! Works by four local contemporary photographers Miguel Fairbanks, Sol Hill, Letitia Haynes, Stephen Robeck.

Studio 121
121 Santa Barbara St.
Open studio showing new works of three artists featuring large scale abstract paintings by local educator Mike Irwin, contemporary abstract still life paintings by Jeanne Dentzel, and printmaking, assemblage and conceptual riddles in his numerous works on paper by local educator and arts activist Dug Uyesaka.

wall space gallery
116 E Yanonali C1
Carl Corey: Americaville Photographer and documentarian Carl Corey explores the unique cultural landscape of the Midwest. With humor and wit, Corey’s photographic observations are like singular postcards identifying physical and societal landmarks. The series started as a 480-mile walk across Wisconsin on the historic Yellowstone Trail with a roadside view of the cross section of the humanity that inhabits it. It ends as a vision of the individuality of the human condition. Carl Corey has been on the roster at wall space for 6 years, our last exhibition was the critically acclaimed Wisconsin Tavern League in 2012.

For more information about the Art Walk, please contact Camille Dupuis at wall space gallery at 805.637.3898, via email at

Wednesday, February 03rd, 2016 | Author:



Exhibition at Captured Spirit Photography 1213 State Street – Studio F  |  Hours by Appointment

Artist Reception – Thursday February 4th, 5 – 8pm during the First Thursday Art Walk

Exhibition Link here. –

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In celebration of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Captured Spirit Photography and wall space gallery have joined together to highlight Minnesota based photographer and documentarian Luke Erickson. Luke exposes the beauty and majesty of the Drive In Movie Theatre. His black and white images remind of us a long ago era where families gathered under the stars to watch big screen epics, westerns, comedies and drama.

About Luke Erickson –

Luke uses both digital and analogue rangefinder cameras to produce highly personal black & white photographs that honor the documentary tradition. He is inspired to make this work because of a deep learned respect for history, an abiding interest in understanding how and why the appearance of the landscape has been transformed over time, and a desire to share his work with others. Erickson is a photographer who has long been focused on the state of the natural environment and how it has been impacted by the encroachment of the manmade. His influences include the work of photographers Timothy O’Sullivan and Robert Adams, artists Thomas Cole and Ed Ruscha, and filmmakers John Ford and Jim Jarmusch.

Luke’s photographs are also, specifically, a polemic about the importance of landscape photography and a meditation on the mythology of the American West, the effects of suburban expansion, the American Dream and the exploitation of natural resources.

Luke Erickson’s photographs are in many public, private and corporate collections including: the Weisman Art Museum, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Southern California’s Fisher Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, The Autry Museum, and University of Redlands’ Peppers Art Gallery.

About wall space gallery –

First opened in Seattle, Washington in 2005 wall space focuses on emerging and mid career artists and expanding the ideas of what photography is as well as what it can be. Our artists are craftsman, using photography as an integral part of their work, but layering emotional stories with techniques and processes that enhance the visual experience. The gallery has gained an international reputation for finding and showcasing new artists and exposing new ideas. In addition to our exhibition schedule, we have a series of artist lectures, studio and community events.

wall space gallery is located at 116 East Yanonali Street in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara. Open hours: Wed-Sat 11-5 and by appointment.

For more information about Americaville, wall space gallery and Carl Corey or to see a portfolio of works please contact the gallery at 805.637.3898, via email at or contact Gallery Director Crista Dix directly at