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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, June 07th, 2016 | Author:
Call to Artists: CAW Mobile Arts Clinic available to all
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A little patch of studio in the middle of the Solstice Festival can be yours

The Community Arts Workshop has a booth at the Solstice Festival in Alameda Park in three weeks, and we don’t want it all to ourselves. Instead, we’re setting up the CAW Mobile Arts Clinic: an arts workshop (tent) on location at the Solstice Festival which artists can reserve for an hour or two and do their work in front of several thousand passers-by at the Solstice Festival.

You want to be one of those artists, don’t you?

You can (for example):

  • Paint portraits of festival-goers
  • Teach a class
  • Improvise a dance concert
  • Read a play
  • Display and promote and sell your work

Times available:

  • 1-2 hour slots between 4 and 9pm, Friday June 24th; and between noon and 8pm Saturday June 25th. (That’s three weekends from now.)

Location: Alameda Park, Santa Barbara, Solstice Festival

The rules are:

  • E-mail us at with a paragraph about you and your art and a couple of images or representations of the kind of work you want to do in the Arts Clinic.
  • Tell us what times you would be interested in.
  • At the festival, you must be doing work live, you cannot for example just hang art for sale (though you can hang and sell art in addition to your live work).
  • We especially want to see work that allows for participation from festival-goers. An arts activity they can do themselves, for example, or a performance you make based on audience suggestions.

Interested? Send us an e-mail! Know someone else who might be interested?Forward this to them with the social buttons below.


Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | Author:

There is some strange confluence between skateboarding and art that seems to produce a whole lot of artwork that I completely love. Which is a bit ironic since I’ve never been on a skateboard once in my life. I guess I should just start a collection of original art on skate decks…

Anyhow, This show looks amazing, and I think skate parks are beneficial to most communities. If my young son decides one day to take up skateboarding, he will certainly have my full support. So in the humble opinion of this art blogger, this show is a win-win. Details below.

The Carpinteria Skate Park Foundation will be hosting it’s first Skate Art Show to benefit construction of the Carpinteria Skate Park.

When: Friday, June 3rd, 2016 from 5pm – 9pm
Where: Lucky Llama, 5100 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
What: Skateboard Art Show with 50 local and international artists from both skate and surf industries.  Artists include, PRO surfer Dane Reynolds, PRO skaters JJ Wessels, Brian Bent, Mitch Abshere, Chase Stopnik and local artists Benjamin Anderson, Randy Noborikawa and Sean Anderson.

The community is invited to a FREE fun-filled evening with live music, food, drinks, friends, and fundraising.  There will be a silent auction, live music by AFishNSea, Beer from Island Brewing Co., Wine by Sarloos and Sons and food by Uncle Chen’s.  All proceeds benefit the Carpinteria Skate Foundation, an all-volunteer Non-Profit organization whose mission is to bring a public skate park to Carpinteria.


Thursday, May 26th, 2016 | Author:

This is probably the last post I’ll be able to do before the Funk Zone Art Walk tomorrow night. If you want to get a full list of venues and events, go to

I hope to see you out there.

Opening at Gone Gallery on May 27
“Bygone is a memorial exhibition for the fence that stood at the corner of Yanonali and Helena which served as a living canvas for artists in the Funk Zone. It has been installed in the gallery and we have invited 11 artists to come collaborate on it one last time.”
– there will be individual pieces by the artists as well!



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