Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 | Author:

Artist Reception with Barbara Parmet 8 November, 2014 3-7pm

Artist Reception with Christa Blackwood 12 December, 2014 6 -8pm

wall space gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring gallery artist Barbara Parmet paired with guest artist Christa Blackwood exploring the ideas of identity, connectedness and sense of place. Both artists incorporate texture and alternative processes to craft unique one of a kind images exploring visual and emotional boundaries. Barbara Parmet’s ethereal images archival inks printed to maple veneer, and Christa Blackwood’s landscapes use the richness of a tri mono print photogravure process.

Barbara Parmet & Christa Blackwood at wall spaceUnbound contrasts the notion of Parmet’s weightless figures with the open landscapes and focused red dot of Blackwood’s narrative. Each artist creating a visual interconnectedness that goes beyond the idea of physical space and leaps into the visceral and emotional territories of instinctual idea of being grounded, mindful and aware of not only ourselves but our surroundings.

Join us during the Funk Zone Art Walk for a reception for Barbara Parmet on November 8th from 4-7pm. Christa Blackwood will be in the gallery in December to celebrate her work. Stop in on Friday night December 12th from 6 -8pm.

About Barbara Parmet -

Photography is my connection to physical and emotional territories where I find creativity, discourse, exploration and ultimately refuge in both the natural and imagined world. The photographic process allows me to visualize my search for understanding intangible inner realms of being. In order to do this, I focus on unveiling the essential properties and paradoxes of a very complex set of historical and mythological codes. I construct images using the elemental symbols of earth, wind, fire and water atop layers of the human condition, often utilizing those substances to add a nuanced complexity.

In order to build these images, I start with an emotional experience within the physical world. Literary and historical sources help me to articulate what is going on inside. I look for symbols and myths that help tell the story. Utilizing costume and set design, I often reference sculpture and drawing as part of the process. Once I have collected the necessary imagery, I combine and layer the constructions with antique and digital technology. Printing methods can include silver, platinum, solar plate etching and chromogenic inks on fabric, wood and paper substrates. Depending on the poetic expression necessary to distill the essential elements into a new narrative, I use a variety of capture devices ranging from large and medium format to underwater photography.

It is my hope to elicit a visceral response to the ideas and personal narratives in my work. I wish to create more introspection than answers and to lead the viewers to step outside themselves and find new pathways, both emotional and physical, on which to walk.

About Christa Blackwood

Christa Blackwood is a photo, text and installation artist working with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. Her visual voice was developed while a student at New York University, when she began producing street installation art such as Butcherknives (1991), a work that addressed issues of sexual violence. A chilling juxtaposition of billboard-like close-ups and text from poet Michelle Kotler, Butcherknives, was plastered all over the streets of lower Manhattan on the evening that the William Kennedy Smith verdict was announced. The poster’s timely and provocative appearance resulted in heightened critical attention for Blackwood, including an invitation to join the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) from renowned artists and scholars, Kiki Smith and Lucy Lippard.

Her dream-like sequences and texts employ multiple techniques and methods, fusing traditional, historical and alternative processes with IPhone image-making and street installations. Blackwood received her MA in Studio Art from New York University and a BA in Classics from The University of Oklahoma. Her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, NYQ, New York Newsday, The Village Voice and The Chicago Sun Times. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014 | Author:

Reception Friday, November 7th, 2014 from 5-7 p.m.
MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery

Phenomena II by Rebecca Gomez

Phenomena II by Rebecca Gomez

Friday, November 7th, 2014 from 5-7 p.m., MichaelKate Interiors will hold an opening reception for Resonance, featuring artists Rebecca Gomez, Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Melissa Chojnacki, Charlene Broudy, and Mark Russell Jones.

Resonance, curated by Tara Patrick is the first in a series of guest curated shows at MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery. Patrick is curating her first show and has brought together five artists that will be showing their work for the first time in the MichaelKate showroom. A show of firsts!

“It is the work of the curator to create a story through which a theme is expressed,” says Patrick, “ The work in Resonance has a beautiful musicality to it. The artist’s pieces come together in a dynamic unison. Like hearing a string quintet, the work of each artist offers a strength of its own while merging into a cohesive visual display.”

Mark Russell Jones has shown his work in both solo and group exhibitions since 1996. He states that his work, “oscillates between pictures and abstractions, the oil-painted spaces are meditative and sensual.”

Charlene Broudy’s paintings have been featured in Costa Rica’s Central Valley at Xandari Resort & Spa, a resort conceived of and designed by Charlene and her husband, architect Sherrill Broudy.

Melissa Chojnacki’s works in oil are inspired by “architecture, design, and the natural world,” and what she calls a, “location of feeling.”

Pamela Zwehl-Burke works in multiple mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and artists’ books. Her work has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, California State University-Northridge, University of Southern California, and Santa Barbara City College.

Rebecca Gomez explores the use of multiple mediums and techniques, including pieces that are collaborations with her husband, Allen Koehn, expressing her desire to create, “the place where ordinary reality meets infinite possibility.”

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | Author:

Santa Barbara Printmakers


Add this to your 1st Thursday itinerary.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | Author:
Devereux, Sands, Gaviota by Chris Potter

Devereux, Sands, Gaviota by Chris Potter

For the past 40 years, Hospice of Santa Barbara has been fortunate to attract outstanding volunteers, supporters and partners. On October 24th Hospice of Santa Barbara will honor three champions who have made a significant difference both to Hospice of Santa Barbara and to the community by advancing compassionate end-of-life care in Santa Barbara. The event, which takes place on the Hospice of Santa Barbara front lawn, will include a full bar, catered food, music, and an exclusive art sale featuring works donated by numerous notable local artists. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Heroes of Hospice will showcase an exclusive Art Sale on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The art sale will feature an array of donated works by over 30 local artists. For more in-depth viewing of all pieces, with artist information, visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org/art-gallery.

Hospice of Santa Barbara will also accept sales after the event for any unsold pieces. Please visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org or call (805) 563-8820 for more information.

Tickets for Heroes of Hospice may be purchased by visiting www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org  or by calling (805) 563-8820.


Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 600 adults and 125 children every month who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on eight local middle and high school campuses as well as UCSB to work with children, teens and young adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org. Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 | Author:
 December 5 marks Repeal Day in the United States. (That’s when we decided to give prohibition the boot! 😉)    Repeal Dayhttp://www.repealday.org/
This is a call to artists that are interested in either creating or replaying a piece of artwork that represents repeal day, alcohol, ridiculous government and or make believe advertising. Space will be at Roy’s ristorante http://www.restaurantroy.com/and will be displayed for a pop-up show for one night only. (Consider putting up a piece that will sell immediately and that is priced to sell.) Please email me and let me know if you are interested, we will be having a meeting of the minds at the Rondo on a date to be announced. Size and specs Will be discussed at the meeting -any other questions do feel free to give me a call📞
PS: if there is an artist you know that would like to be part of this -send their info to me!
¡Mucho grassy us and carpe diem!

Michael Long

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