Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 | Author:
Green House Studios/ Funk Zone Art Walk
Friday, May 27th, 5 to 8
136 East Yanonali Street
New work by Donna Ayscough, Liz Brady, Erika Carter,  Virginia McCracken, and Terry Carter
Imogen in Her Polka Dot Robe
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 | Author:


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An exhibition of contemporary fine art collage

GraySpace Gallery, 219 Gray Avenue in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of the abstract collages of Steven Gilbar and Angela Holland. Featuring small works on paper and a selection of larger mixed-media pieces on wood panel, the show runs from May 27th to July 10, 2016.

Steven Gilbar, the force behind Santa Barbara’s acclaimed Speaking of Stories, has applied his creative talents to collage over the past decade. He credits the architect Richard Meier and the pioneering work of German collagist Kurt Schwitters for his early influence. Gilbar’s work is characterized by strong compositional elements, subtle textures and an ever-changing, improvisational approach that brings in acrylic, oil pastels and ink. This will be the largest display to date of his work, which has appeared in numerous group exhibitions.
Angela Holland, a former educator and psychotherapist, found her identity as an artist when she began working in collage. Using an intuitive process, she seeks to create a sense of order from a disparate range of papers and images. Bold line and broken text appear alongside patterns and shapes rich in color and texture, creating dynamic juxtapositions. Her influences include Tapies and Rauschenberg, and among the living, Michael Cutlip and Fran Skiles. Holland is represented by Nisa Touchon Fine Art—Santa Fe, New Mexico. More of her work can be seen at www.angelahollandart.com.

Opening reception for the show will be Friday, May 27th, from 5-8pm. Wine and refreshments will be served.

GraySpace Gallery
219 Gray Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 | Author:


This very special exhibit will feature some of Santa Barbara’s most accomplished, life-long, professionals in the visual arts. Nine artists will each exhibit one current work alongside one vintage work that is at least 20 years old. The work was chosen to examine and demonstrate how style, vision, and content may or may not have evolved over time. The exhibit will include stunning hyper-realistic work by Churchill-Johnson—stark political statement contrasted with delicate, minimalist abstraction by Uyesaka—deeply engaging abstract oils by Scorzelli— dynamic and powerful ceramic insights by Rosenberg-Dent—fanciful, abstract adventures by Lehrer—an unsettling mixed-media installation with video by auto-expressionist, Metrov—striking figurative vs abstract works by Ferris—a lively “abolish blandness” painting by Lytle contrasted with fabulous yarn work from the early 90’s—and a pair of McCracken’s, always delightful, miniatures.

To experience an unprecedented perspective of Central California’s true Contemporary Fine Art achievements, this is a must-attend show.

A public reception will be held in the gallery on the evening of Friday, May 27 from 5:00-8:00pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, and will be on view until July 16, 2016. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | Author:

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May 19 – June 18, 2016

Opening Reception & Awards: Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 4-6pm

Westmont College
3rd Floor, Adams Center for the Visual Arts
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Juror: Jennifer Frias
Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery
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Greetings Friends of the Museum––

The Joie de Vivre exhibition (“joy of living”) opens May 19. An opening reception with awards will be from 4-6pm.

Joie de Vivre is the theme of the museum’s annual tri-county juried exhibition featuring work from artists living and working in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties.

116 artists submitted artwork for consideration and a total of 263 pieces were considered by our juror Jennifer Frias. The final selection includes 32 works by 18 artists.

Featured artists include:
Garrett Speirs • Bri Stanley • Marjorie Shipp • Leslie Lewis Sigler • Jill Sattler
Joan Rosenberg-Dent • Alexis Jean Moore • Marilyn McRae • Cynthia James Stephanie Jamgochian • Annie Hoffman • Keaton Hudson • Britt Friedman
Katie Curry • Cody Cammbell • Lillian Bleuze-Nelson • Beverly Decker
Rosemarie C. Gebhart

Join the celebration of local art that interprets the Joie de Vivretheme in diverse and creative ways!

Monday, May 16th, 2016 | Author:


LightWorks: Isla Vista Announces Award-Winning California Artists

Isla Vista, CA – April 19, 2016. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with the University of California Santa Barbara announces LightWorks: Isla Vista from May 19-21, 2016 in downtown Isla Vista. A competition for public light-based artworks in downtown Isla Vista was held and a distinguished panel of jurors selected projects to be produced by the following award-winning artists: Madeline Berger, Jamie Birkett, Weslie Ching, Kym Cochran, Chad ‘Fez’ Gaetz, Udo Gyene, Mitchell Jakubka, John Lawrence, Danial Nord, Marco Pinter, Tai Rodrig, Jonathan Smith, Fernando Tapia, Denise Torres, Ethan Turpin, Scotty Slade Wagner, and Shannon Willis.

Artists responded to a Request For Proposals to create temporary sculptural installations designed to transform the central parks of downtown Isla Vista into illuminated spaces for art, performance, and evening engagement by the community. Artists who employ light-emitting technologies as a medium in the creation of site-specific or free-standing installations will present their works at the opening ceremony of LightWorks: Isla Vista on May 19. For updated information on the event, please visit http://www.arts.ucsb.edu/lightworksiv/.

LightWorks: Isla Vista is part of a long-term community improvement effort led by a strategic group of partners and agencies, including the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Office of the 3rd Supervisorial District and County Sheriff, UC Santa Barbara Visual and Public Arts, Santa Barbara Foundation, Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District (IVRPD), Isla Vista Community Network (IVCN), UCSB Materials Research Laboratory, and the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology (SBCAST). 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr said, “We are excited about the high caliber of artists who are presenting their light-based artworks in Isla Vista. LightWorks is an innovative project that we believe will inspire the campus, county, and community.”

For more information regarding LightWorks: Isla Vista, please contact Maiza Hixson, Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission at 805-568-3994


Kim Yasuda, Artistic Director of LightWorks: Isla Vista at 805-895-2253

LightWorks: Isla Vista Schedule of Events, May 19-21, 2016

Thursday, May 19th
5:00 pm-6:50 pm: Public Presentation by Artists of LightWorks, Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista

7:00 pm-9:00 pm: Artist Opening Ceremony and Reception, 976 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista

Friday, May 20th
7:30-11:00 pm LightWorks Illumination and Live Jazz & Dance Performances, IV Central Park Locations

Saturday, May 21st
4:00 pm-7:00 pm Isla Vista Conference Art Exhibition & Reception, 970 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista

8:00 pm-11:00 pm LightWorks Illumination and Live Jazz & Dance Performances throughout IV Central Park Locations