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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 | Author:


This is the one year anniversary show at Derek Harrison & Danny Meza’s Studio. Here you will see new and old work by the artists and their work space. They will also be featuring the artwork of Horacio Martinez and JJ Ortiz.

Free event, Free food + drinks and Original Artwork raffles by both Derek & Danny!

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Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Author:

Art at the JCC Presents: Santa Barbara Art Association Exhibit 2016

 Santa Barbara, California (August 16, 2016) — In partnership with the Santa Barbara Art Association (SBAA), Art at the JCC will host a juried show at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center from September 1-November 2, 2016. The show will feature a mix of works from various genres submitted by SBAA members and selected by Judge Nathan Vonk.

Nathan Vonk has been the Curator of Sculpture at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery for the past 8 years. He is the past president of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative where he has helped with the development of the Community Arts Workshop on the corner of Ortega and Garden streets. He also serves on the Arts Advisory Committee to City Council, and is the author of the Santa Barbara Art Blog.

Founded over 60 years ago, the Santa Barbara Art Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization including more than 500 artists who exhibit their original works in diverse media at local venues such as the Faulkner Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library and Gallery 113.

The opening reception will be held during Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday events on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family JCC, 524 Chapala Street.

In addition to showcasing approximately 100 pieces by local artists, the reception will offer wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music by Trudy & Oscar, who will sing Latin, Samba, Bossa Nova, Pop and original songs on guitar. The reception is free and open to all.

For more information, visit or call (805) 957-1115.

 Santa Barbara Art Association Exhibit

September 1, 20165:00 – 8:00 pm

Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center

524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


El Capitan Sunset by Celia Foss (pastel)





Art at the JCC is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Through its exhibition and outreach programs, Art at the JCChonors and shares the universality of Jewish values, history and culture through various forms of artistic expression. The purpose of Art at the JCC is to provide Central Coast and other artists from all disciplines the opportunity to bring their work to the Santa Barbara community. Because art is a universal language, our programs will cross all boundaries of religion, race, gender and age, and strive to maintain communication. Its mission is to promote identification and connectedness to the Jewish community and the community at large.


Artist and collector Eli Luria (z”l) launched Art at the JCC in 1999 to provide high-caliber, strongly-themed exhibits for the Santa Barbara community. The exhibit openings often feature gallery talks and panels with artists, curators and collectors that draw lively crowds.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | Author:

Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative
1st Thursday Art Crawl
Brought to you by the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and Downtown Santa Barbara

Thursday, June 2nd @ 5:30

Meet on the stairs of City Hall overlooking de la Guerra Plaza 

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you all had a wonderful long weekend.

It’s time for the next 1st Thursday Art Crawl, and it is supposed to warm up and feel all summery by Thursday. Perfect for a nice evening walk downtown.

Mitra Cline will once again be your pied piper for the evening, and there will be Art in the Mayor’s office for one of the last times before our Mayor ends her term. You never know if the new mayor will continue the program, so if you want to see what the inside of our mayor’s office looks like, now is your chance.

I’ll be up at Sullivan Goss hoping to see you, if you make it up there.

Have fun!

Tuesday, April 05th, 2016 | Author:
THIS 1ST THURSDAY: We’re inviting everyone to a gallery show and open house co-hosted by the Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild at the CAW!

–April 7th, 631 Garden St, from 5-8pm–

At “CAW in Action: The Sculptors Guild” the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and the Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild are co-hosting a gallery show and open house, inviting everyone to see the new Community Arts Workshop and some great art, and any artist with an idea to come see how they can use the space.

This 1st Thursday, April 7th, come experience a new workspace for artists in Santa Barbara with boundless potential.

1918665_1122799427751143_1265671969366334996_nAt 631 Garden St, a vision that has been in the work for decades is being realized. For the last few months the Community Arts Workshop has been in the midst of renovation giving space to some of Santa Barbara’s most creative institutions – The Solstice Celebration, Pianos on State, Revels, Youth Interactive, and more. This April 7th, as part of the downtown 1st Thursday festivities, it will be filled with art and opened to the public.

The Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild will show a wide variety of curated sculptures and wall art from artists all over Santa Barbara. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Visitors can tour the buildings, see the great work of the Sculptors Guild, have a look at iron-work artist David Shelton’s 9-headed hydra (soon to be part of the CAW’s public art gates, featured in a recent Independent article), and share their vision with board members about ways the space can be used. Board president Rod Hare will give a presentation at 6:15pm about the CAW and its future.

Please come enjoy the work of the Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild and imagine what you can do at Santa Barbara’s new Community Arts Workshop.

When: April 7th, 5- 8 p.m., with presentation at 6:15 p.m.

Where: The Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara.

More information about the CAW including video, photos, and details on usage can be found at

Wednesday, February 03rd, 2016 | Author:

This one qualifies for a DO NOT MISS seal of approval. It’s not on the maps, but it is going to be really special. Make sure to add it to your itinerary.


Holly Mackay Art Exhibition at Roy
7 W. Carillo St.

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In an exhibition entitled Gumdrop Chicken X-Ray Vision Mackay’s paintings and mixed media work will be on display at Roy during the month of February 2016. Restaurant Roy is located at 7 West Carrillo Street in downtown Santa Barbara and opens daily at 6pm.

Mackay finds both inspiration and anxiety in the complicated relationships, responsibilities and tasks of her every day life. Her mixed media paintings are dense, with images and words worked over and over, carved into and painted out until the surfaces resemble a “Baroque quinoas” of details extracted from the labyrinth of the mundane. In both a celebration of the absurd and a sincere search for meaning in the every day, these paintings are time capsules, markers, secret messages without the decoder ring, or like a the tattoos that accrue on the bodies of sailors.

The laws of thermodynamics meet noisy chickens, relationship woes are transformed into fields of poppies, felted rats are psychoanalyzed, confidences are contained and desires leaked. Traces of events and encounters cling to the surface of these paintings in new patterns that tell new stories in something like a new language that is forged between the inevitable question (what does it mean?) and the possibility of an answer.

Mackay received a BFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee Scotland.

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