Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 | Author:

UCSB MFA Exhibit

Mystical Absolutes
The UCSB Department of Art
MFA Thesis Exhibition
at the
Art, Design & Architecture Museum
on view
May 16 to May 31, 2015
Opening Reception
May 22, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Performance by Oree Holban
6:30 pm


Peripheral vision operates far from the center of focus, perceptively fabricating a suspended idea of reality. In this place, spatial andconceptual definition is in a constant state of flux. It is pulled and torqued between fixed points of awareness and unmarked territory, and morphs into new and highly saturated terrain that suggests an endless supply of potential directions in which to move. Accessing the peripheral with a sense of clarity, the 2015 MFA students of UCSB have become both critical of, and reliant upon, the geographical proximity to Los Angeles, employing multi-faceted means of orientating themselves amongst the constantly shifting territorial centers and edge. Mystical Absolutes centers on the suspended places and objects located somewhere between fixed and unfixed, real and unreal, place and placelessness.

The work of Emily C. Thomas was partially supported by funding from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), UC Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 | Author:

Vital at Westmont CollegeCiara Ennis, director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries, juries an art exhibition featuring 37 pieces by 29 artists living and working in the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties May 21-June 20 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The winner of the James A. McIntyre Memorial First Place Art Award, a cash prize of $1,000 donated by the McIntyre family, will be announced at the reception as well as four other awards.

“The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s compelling exhibition VITAL, allowed for exacting and expansive interpretations from a range of artists working in different mediums and genres,” Ennis says. “The artists’ shrewd and inventive responses articulated all aspects of this multi-dimensional theme providing a thoroughly layered visual experience.”

Ennis, who pored over 290 entries by 130 artists, selected a wide-range of media for the show, including painting, drawing, photography, artist’s books, mixed media, collage and sculpture.

Bill Dewey’s “Sacramento Delta Patterns”

The juried exhibition, which Westmont began more than 20 years ago, provides a rare opportunity to showcase the talent of the local area.

The show is sponsored by the James McIntyre Supporting Organization, Loretta W. Hubbard and the Westmont Art Council.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visitwww.westmontmuseum.org or contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.

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Monday, May 11th, 2015 | Author:

This is one of the most unique and intriguing events I’ve heard about in a long time. It looks like a blast. There is a good chance that this will sell out, so get your tickets now.


Dinner with Frida


The Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbarans are gearing up for very special evening affair on May 30th, celebrating the life and creativity of beloved Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, and her affinity for animals as companions and muses. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed inspired by Frida, her work, life, or other surreal themes, and expect the unexpected in this exciting, surrealist affair held in the beautiful gardens at Green House Studios in Santa Barbara’s Arts District, The Funk Zone. Attendees will enjoy live music, curated potations, a surprising array of gourmet Mexican fare based on Frida’s own recipes, surrealist games, and other amusements.

Half a dozen renowned local artists, including Dug Uyesaka, Maria Rendon, and Rafael Perea de la Cabada, will come together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Together, they will compose several exquisite corpses – a surrealist artistic exercise – that will be auctioned off that evening.

Green House Studio owner, Erika Carter, herself of Mexican descent and whose work has a propensity for shining a spotlight on female and animal muses comments, “Everyone loves Frida and animals, and this is for a great cause. Virginia McCracken (fellow Green House Studio artist) and I have both had the privilege to work and exhibit with the National Museum of Animals & Society, the benefitting organization, and are deeply inspired by their mission to enrich the lives of animals and people by exploring our shared experience. We’re delighted to be hosting this soiree!”


Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Green House Studios

136 E Yanonali St

Santa Barbara, CA

6 to 9 pm│$100 pp

Frida Kahlo is arguably one of Mexico’s most influential artists and her aesthetics and personality have inspired countless others. Many SB residents are familiar with the hardships Frida encountered throughout her life – a broken heart and several broken bones, but – never it seems – a broken spirit.

Her many animal companions – monkeys, xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless dogs), parrots, parakeets, macaws, chickens, a pet eagle named Gertrudis Caca Blanca and a fawn called Granizo – served as a calming constant in her cacophonous existence, and most eventually appeared in her masterful works.

“This event is everything our museum stands for; that animals and society are deeply intertwined and can be very complimentary. Animals and people can both benefit from our presence in each other’s lives. The arts are just one expression of that love and consideration for non-human beings,” reflects museum founder and Santa Barbara resident, Carolyn Merino Mullin. Ms. Mullin, a Mexican-American, is the former Associate Director for SB’s Mexican folk art museum, Casa Dolores, located on Bath Street.

“Frida was a proud woman: of her culture, fashion choices, commitment to social justice, her artistic skills used to represent her ideology, her love for ‘el pueblo de Mexico,’ and her compassion for the animals. I do admire a woman like that!” says anthropologist Carmen Geiler, a member of the event’s host committee.

Also on the host committee are artists Erika Carter and Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Children’s Creative Project Artist-in-Resident Kathy Mills, and Latin American & Iberoamerican Studies expert Rene Marchington, all supporters of the event’s beneficiary, the National Museum of Animals & Society, a 501c3 charity. The museum will open its all-new, family-friendly building this Fall in Los Angeles, near Miracle Mile.


For more information and tickets, visit: www.museumofanimals.org/frida.


Founded in 2010, the National Museum of Animals & Society is the first museum of its kind – anywhere – dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people by exploring our shared experience. The museum centers on animal protection, animal studies, and humane education in its collection, exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts. The museum opened its first facility in Hollywood in 2013 and will re-open this Fall in its all-new building near Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. www.museumofanimals.org

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Thursday, May 07th, 2015 | Author:


1 MAY – 28 JUNE, 2015
Bill Finger -Ground Control 
Friday May 8, 6 to 8pm  
Saturday May 9, 2 to 3.30pm 

Wall space gallery celebrates our desire to reach the stars in its new exhibition, Space Oddity. We are excited to bring together four artists with a vision of space while still stranded here on Earth. Mixing fact with fiction, we look at how we envision our place in the heavens.

Space Oddity combines our dreams for the freedom of space flight with the realities and mechanics of how to achieve a lunar orbit. Each of our artists share a wonder for space and a desire to find and understand what lies beyond our big blue marble.


Charles Grogg – Crema No. 12


Bill Finger‘s series Ground Control tells the story of an astronaut reaching for the stars. Finger’s constructed images show man’s desire to control his ascension to the galaxies above us. John Chakeres spent time in Houston and Florida documenting NASA’s Space Shuttle missions. With a fine art background, John’s images examine the nuts, bolts and structural beauty of space flight. Charles Grogg sees the universe in his morning coffee, and Ryan Zoghlin has created Bottle Rockets, bottling images of model rocket launches to enjoy from the comfort of your living room.


Ryan Zoghlin – Bottle Rocket No. 2


This exhibition is a tribute to my father the rocket scientist. As part of the space program from its beginnings, and working with many of the astronauts and support crew over the decades of flights to the moon my Dad has seen the best and worst of our dreams for space flight. Knowing he has always wanted to go visit the galaxies beyond us and that many of us share his vision, I wanted to honor his dream.


John ChakeresChallenger Sunrise, 1985


For more information about Space Oddity, the exhibiting artists or the gallery, pleasecontact us.

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