Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Author:
Abstract Art Collective

June 11 – Aug 26, 2015
Reception: Sun, June 28, 2-5pm
Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Closed weekends


Monday, June 22nd, 2015 | Author:

Quartet at the Tennis Clube

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015 | Author:

The Arts Fund is pleased to invite you to participate in our fall exhibition and fundraiser Feast Your Eyes! to support our Community Gallery, making it possible to continue to support local artists in Santa Barbara County. Below are the details and requirements for your participation. Please join us and share in the artist’s celebration!

The Arts Fund

Overview: From Sept 11, through Sept 26 we will exhibit work of artists in The Arts Fund Gallery in the Funk Zone. There will be a big party and reception on Friday, Sept. 11th. All artwork will be offered for sale. This is a fundraiser for The Arts Fund, however, we also offer artists the opportunity to share in the proceeds from sales of their work. We ask that artists buy tickets to the big party, artist tickets will be available at a discount rate.

Canvas: The Arts Fund will supply each artist with an 11″ x 14″ gallery wrapped canvas substrate. The canvas will provide your choice of portrait or landscape orientation.

Media: You may use any media: paint, photography, assemblage, collage, or… use your imagination. The only requirement is that the finished size does not exceed the borders of the 11″ x 14″ substrate. All artwork must be submitted on the canvas we provide.

Each artist may submit one piece of artwork. The Arts Fund reserves the right to exclude any entry deemed not suitable for this community event.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is $10.00. Please pay when you pick up your canvas.

Entry Form: Print and complete the attached Feast Your Eyes! 2015 Artist Entry Form.

Support Ticket Sales: We invite artists to share this event with friends, art lovers and supporters. Please encourage them purchase tickets for the Big Party on Sept. 11th.

Sale Proceeds: Part of our mission is to support local artists through our Community Gallery. We know that artists in turn want to support the gallery. Artists may share in the proceeds or donate all proceeds to The Arts Fund– it’s up to you to select one of the following options:

40% to artist, 20% to artist, 0% to artist (100% donation to support The Arts Fund).

How the Sales Will Work: Feast Your Eyes! will include a Big Party, a ticketed event on Friday, Sept. 11th.. Each ticket holder will be able to purchase art for $300, the purchase will be in addition to the ticket price (projected to be $45 general, $35 for artists).

How to Participate: Notify us via email, FYE@artsfundsb.org if you would like to participate and we will reserve a canvas for you while supplies last.  Time is of the essence as our gallery space is limited and we may not have room to accommodate everyone with an interest. Your early response will be appreciated.

Deliver Finished Artwork: Bring your finished artwork to The Arts Fund Gallery, 205-C Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, from noon to 5pm Wednesday –  Sunday.

Final deadline SATURDAY Sept. 5th.

Send us an email FYE@artsfundsb.org

Monday, June 15th, 2015 | Author:

The Arts Fund

2015 Spring Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition Opening

June 26 – July 18, 2015

The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2015 Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, and will be on view through July 18th, 2015. A public reception will be held in the gallery on the evening of Friday, June 26th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Twenty-Five students studying the disciplines of Painting, Drawing and Photography will be featured on the walls of the gallery, curated by their peers who have participated in a Curatorial mentorship class.  For the first time a catalog of works from the spring mentorship classes has been produced and is available for purchase to support the creative programming The Arts Fund brings to the Santa Barbara community each year.

For 20 years, this unique arts enrichment program has offered promising teenage artists the opportunity to work closely with local professional master artists in a studio environment. Working in small groups of no more than 10, students receive specialized training, produce portfolio-quality work, gain insight into future careers in creative fields, and participate in a group exhibition in a professional gallery.  The Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition represents the culmination of students’ work in this program by introducing them to the process of preparing and displaying art in a public venue.

2015’s spring mentorship classes included Old Master’s Painting with Pamela Larsson-Toscher, Draw to Explore: Journaling and the Artistic Process with Julie B. Montgomery, Alternative Process Photography with Joyce Wilson, Gallery and Curatorial Studies with Crista Dix, and Public Murals with John Hood.

The 2015 Spring Teen Arts Mentorship Group Exhibition will feature students from Anacapa School, Carpinteria High School, Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Ynez High School, Crane Country Day School, Garden Street Academy, Notre Dame, Providence Hall, and Goleta Valley Junior High.

Coming up this summer will be mentorships: Stainless Steel Sculpture with Nathan Snyder, Storytelling: The Mechanics of Creative Writing with Benjamin Sutherland, Alternative Process Photography with Joyce Wilson, Historic Plein Air Painting withThomas Van Stein, Drawing: Creating a Series with Rafael Perea De La Cabada. The exhibition following these mentorship programs will be on the walls this fall.

The Teen Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the generosity of the Morris B. Squire Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Claudia and David Chapman, Change Happens Foundation, Gracie Charitable Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation, Looker Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, Daniel and Dianne Vapnek, Richard and Maryan Schall, and Bob and Christine Emmons.  For more information on the Teen Arts Mentorship Program, other Arts Fund programs and how to support, please call The Arts Fund at (805) 965-7321 or send an email to info@artsfundsb.org.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 | Author:

vadaNew VADA Murals in the Funk Zone

Mural Unveiling Friday, June 12th, 2015, 10am-11am


SANTA BARBARA, CA (June 9, 2015)- VADA, the Visual Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School, is excited to announce a new series of murals will be installed on the exterior doors of businesses at 137 Anacapa Street (The Guitar Bar, Area 5.1 Winery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company) on the Yanonali Street side of the Anacapa Project building (also home to The Lark and The Lucky Penny), managed by Central Coast Real Estate, LLC in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. A public unveiling will take place Friday, June 12th, from 10am-11am.

Santa Barbara artists Michael Matheson and Chelsea Locatelli have been working with VADA Seniors as Artists-in Residence for two weeks, designing the mural and acting as mentors to VADA students, who have been working alongside the artists in the creation of 12-4’X8’ mural panels. Matheson, a 7th generation Santa Barbara native and Art Center graduate, is a painter and illustrator who works in a folk art influenced style. His artwork can be seen in Santa Barbara currently at The French Press (Cota & Figueora Street locations) as well as Municipal Winery. He has also shown in Los Angeles, Oakland and New York, and collaborates frequently with artist/partner Chelsea Locatelli to create photobooth sets, hand-painted signage and cornhole games for their company ART DEPTMNT.

The murals will be prominently displayed along the Urban Wine Trail, a hip tourist destination in an industrial warehouse district, which also includes many artist studios and galleries. The mural panels will be on display for 6-12 months, and after their de-installation, will be used to fundraise for the VADA program. This project is funded in part by the Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

VADA is a “school‐within‐a‐school” that integrates rigorous academic coursework with project‐based, career‐focused art & design instruction in a supportive and creative environment. VADA serves 175 culturally and economically diverse students in grades 10 through 12 and is located on the Santa Barbara High School campus.


Calico Brown

VADA Visual Arts & Design Academy

700 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

phone: #805-966-9101 ext. 5055  email: vadasbhs@mac.com