Sunday, January 25th, 2015 | Author:
Kat Trajano, Mother’s Recipe 
and The Can(n)on Studio Firing 


Kat Trajano, Chocolate Berry Layer Cake, 2015, 6" round x 5" high, Plaster and clay

Kat Trajano, Chocolate Berry Layer Cake, 2015, 6″ round x 5″ high, Plaster and clay

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6 – 9 pm, Free
The Can(n)on, 375 Pine Avenue, Unit 16, Goleta, CA 93117 – Street Parking

The Can(n)on presents a solo exhibition by artist Kat Trajano, entitled Mother’s Recipe, and an open studio night.

With a penchant for watching horror movies while crafting and cooking, Trajano’s work juggles the contradicting, unrealistic views society places on women with its unsavory results brought about by confusion or desperation to fulfill those demands. Her exhibition, Mother’s Recipe, consists of an installation and sculptures, which are delectable and comforting, yet purposefully disturbing to highlight this conflict between expectations, dissatisfaction, and being overwhelmed.

Kat Trajano is a Los Angeles native, currently living in Silver Lake, CA. Trajano received her BA in Art and Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and has been in exhibitions such as Acid Lovechild and Super Santa Barbara 2, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB).

She has art directed for MCASB’s 2010 and 2011 Valentine’s Day Charity Auction and designed for Shelter Social Club.



In addition, a rare experience awaits to view completed works and works in progress by studio members Elizabeth Folk, Rafael Gaete, Kimberly Hahn, Sam Scharf, and James Van Arsdale in this normally by-appointment-only private art studio complex.

Elizabeth Folk uses time-based media, sculpture, and installation to explore issues of class, labor, sexuality, communication, and revolution. Many of her works take the form of public interventions and guerilla performances that invite audience participation, often using humor and play to stimulate discourse. Folk is a Lecturer of Art at the University of California Santa Barbara and an Adjunct Professor of Art and Art History at Santa Barbara City College.



Rafael Gaete was born in Santiago, Chile in 1974.  He began painting in 1999 and his first exhibition, Microemotions and Microsensations was presented at the gallery of the Marriot Hotel (Santiago, Chile) in 2001. His drawings and paintings have been inspired by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.  In February of 2014, Gaete was featured, by curator Nancy Gifford, in a solo exhibition at the Arts Fund entitled Obsession.



Kimberly Hahn received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin, TX. Hahn has been in numerous exhibitions including The Object is Null, Design Matters Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Eating Apples in Paradise, MCASB; and has works currently on view in Agoraphobia, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA.



Sam Scharf received his BA from Rollins College, WinterPark, FL. and graduated with his MFA from American University, Washington D.C.. Scharf was most recently curated into the Spectacular Subdivisions exhibition at the High Desert Test Site, CA as well as The Elizabeth Foundation Exhibition A Wicked Problem, New York, NY. His work, predominately project based sculptural art, has been discussed in the Washington PostHuffington PostNew American Paintings and Sculpture Magazine.



James Van Arsdale holds an MFA fromThe Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, Dallas, TX, and a BFA  from The University of Texas at Austin, TX. His solo exhibitions include MCASB; Brookhaven College Gallery, Dallas, TX; and Cactus Bra Space, Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio, TX. He is also the founder of musical collective / psych rock space band Heavy Cosmic Kinetic.



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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | Author:

Atkinson Gallery

VALLEY OF THE DEER: Jillian McDonald Opens This Friday


Artist Jillian McDonald Examines Horror Films in Atkinson Gallery Exhibit



Valley of the Deer: Jillian McDonald

January 23-February 20, 2015

Artist Lecture: Friday, January 23, 4pm, Administration Building 211

Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 5pm-7pm, Atkinson Gallery




Santa Barbara, CA – The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College is pleased to present the Valley of the Deer: Jillian McDonald exhibition. For over 10 years, Jillian McDonald has been creating work that simultaneously embraces and critiques the genre of horror films. An immersive three-channel video installation, Valley of the Deer was filmed during a nine-month artist residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. “Each scene is a separate composition and a nearly still image where little movement, save hair in wind or an animal moving its head, betrays the stillness,” says the artist. For each venue, McDonald also creates a unique wall drawing featuring the characters from the video. However, while the video’s dominant subject is the landscape, the drawings solely focus on the figures. In addition, McDonald programs augmented reality artworks that insert characters from the video into the local landscape. In so doing, she invites viewer participation and obfuscates the separation between geographic locations (Dufftown and Santa Barbara) and between fiction and reality. InValley of the Deer, McDonald taps into the universal appeal of horror films by understanding that the shared experience of catharsis is more important than fear itself.


Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who divides her time between Canada and New York. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Pace University. Her solo shows and projects include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Air Circulation in New York, and Hallwalls in Buffalo. Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions including the Whitney Museum’s Artport in New York and the Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, and was the subject of a 2013 radio documentary by Paul Kennedy on CBC’s IDEAS. McDonald has received grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, Soil New Media,, the Verizon Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, and Pace University. She has also attended several international residencies including the Glennfiddich International Residency.


Santa Barbara City College’s Atkinson Gallery produces six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. The Atkinson Gallery’s exhibits and programs are generously supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation and funded in part by the Organizational Development Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Author:

Apparently Thursday is the day of many lectures. Just in case you don’t get your fill at the UCSB lecture, you can check this one out later in the day. This guy is a big deal, and it’s a great opportunity to see him talk.

Order Lecture Tickets here!

Guerchino, Samson Captured by the Philistines 1619. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1984.

Michael Fried
Guercino’s Anni Mirabiles (1619 – 1620)

Thursday, January 15, 5:30 pm

Michael Fried holds the J.R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Fried is one of the most influential art historians, art critics, and literary critics working today and has published richly and variously on a wide range of subjects, from Caravaggio through contemporary “art” photography.

Sponsored by the

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for SBMA Members and Students/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Pre-registration suggested. Seating is limited.
The Curator’s Choice Lecture Series
Curator’s Choice is an innovative lecture series featuring prominent speakers hand-picked by the Museum’s curators. Distinguished experts offer fresh perspectives on the visual arts and provide stimulating opportunities for discovery in the Santa Barbara community.The Curator’s Choice lecture series is made possible through the sponsorship of the European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht, the Netherlands and the Museum’s curatorial support groups: Friends of Asian Art (FOAA), Dead Artists Society (D.A.S.), PhotoFutures, and The Museum Contemporaries (TMC). To receive information about one or more of these support groups please contact Hanna Ashcraft at or call 805.884.6425.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Author:
Art in the Mayor’s Office for FebruaryPosted: 09 Jan 2015 03:56 PM PST

Calling all artists!

It’s time for another Call For Entries for Art in the Mayor’s Office. This round the theme is Line. Send in you best interpretation in  any all 2D media. This project is nearly 3 yrs old and has been viewed by hundreds of visitors to Helene’s office. The art we select comes from a broad range of art representing Santa Barbara’s artists, from professionals to emerging artists. Let’s show what Santa Barbara has to offer.
Space is limited so most selections will need to be hanging ready work no larger than 36 inches tall by 36 inches wide INCLUDING THE FRAME. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please fill out the simple application and submit up to three digital examples of your work.
The deadline to apply is midnight  Tuesday, January  20, 2015. The selections will be reviewed by a small panel and announced on or about January 27th. The opening will coincide with 1st Thursday February 5th, 5pm to 6pm. If you have any difficulties with the registration or application process, our webmaster is available for questions at .
Let’s all support the local art of our sweet city of Santa Barbara.
On behalf of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and all artists and arts lovers in Santa Barbara, we thank the Mayor once again for this opportunity and we thank all the  the artists

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | Author:

Artist reception is this Thursday, Jan. 15th 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Show will run Jan. 15th  thru May 15th, 2015

Artists: David J Diamant, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Judy Neunuebel, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Kerry Methner, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson


It is a very interesting group of artists.  The art will definitely have an affect on its viewer.

Before one even enters the actual space, the viewer is drawn in. Through the front window’s reflection of the street scene outside, a glimpse can be distinguished of one of Churchhill-Johnson’s powerful Escher-esque folded shadow sheet-shapes depicted as black and white oil on canvas with a centering hint of color.

Upon entering the lobby, the rows of glass shelves on the left provide an excellent  venue to show off many (10+) of Rosenberg-Dent’s whimsical Seuss-like sculptures, ranging from delicate to hardy, that look like they may come to life via Tim Burton at any moment.  Before choosing left or right, to enter the mini maze gallery of this location, the walls on either side begin to curve and provide a gateway that draws the eye to center  where hang several of Diamant’s small detailed and colorful “hand drawn metal prints.” Upon looking closer, Diamant reveals to us a world of under/above water seascapes accompanied by flying blue/orange people, WWII planes and a myriad of arrows that the artist says expresses his own “momentum + direction = navigating” motto. At this point it doesn’t matter if you go left or right.  You will not be disappointed. There are 8 more works by Diamant  presented as 3d plexiglass shadow art pieces that are not something you will have seen before. There are at least 4 more large canvases by Churchill-Johnson that will cause your wetware to party. Gebhart’s line up of small framed abstracts shows her deftness with color and line that can only be acquired over time. Come by this Thursday Jan. 15th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm to me the artists and have your eyes and mind taken for a ride!

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