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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 https://jewishsantabarbara.org/art-at-the-jcc 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.

Wednesday, August 06th, 2014 | Author:

It seems hard to believe, but I think it was nearly 3 years ago that I started the Art Crawl. I thought it would be a fun way to tour around on 1st Thursday with other art lovers, and people who were new to town, or visiting, who might want a guide around the downtown art scene. And I was right, it is really fun. But for the past year or so I have had to be at work during 1st Thursday, which is also fun, but it does mean that I don’t get to head out to see what is going on around town on the evening.  So, the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative has helped me to find special guest curators each month to add their own special personality to the tour.

Santa Barbara Arts CollaborativeWell, it just so happens that I get to play pied-piper again this month, just like old times.  I’m really excited and would love for you to join me.

We’ll be meeting on the back steps of City Hall at 5:30. Please try to be on time. I’ll hang out for about 5 minutes or so for the stragglers, but then we’ll be heading off.

1st Thursday Art Crawl

When: 5:30

Where: on the back steps of City Hall on De la Guerra Plaza. 

Tuesday, June 03rd, 2014 | Author:

I was really excited when this notice showed up in my inbox. Inga Guzyte has been one of my favorite young artists fo r a while now. I was first introduced to her work while she was a student at City College. Since then, Inga has spent much of her time acrossed the pond in Europe. So the opportunity to see her work is rare, and not to be missed. Her work is innovative, well-crafted, and incrediby fun. Make sure to add this to  your itinerary for this week’s 1st Thursday.

Inga Guzyte

Monday, June 02nd, 2014 | Author:

Santa Barbara Arts CollaborativeHello Everyone, It’s time again for the monthly march through the 1st Thursday festivities. The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with the Downtown Organization, invites you to a curated Art Crawl through our downtown 1st Thursday festivities. This Thursday, June 5th, the Art Crawl Guide is renowned artist, Philip Koplin. Stops will include:

Gallery 27 (Brooks Institute)
Channing Peake Gallery
Sullivan Goss Gallery
Slingshot, Alpha Arts Forum

The only way to know where you’ll end up, is by tagging along. Meet the Art Crawl on the back steps of City Hall, facing de la Guerra Plaza. And please be on time, the Art Crawl leaves at 5:30 on the button. If you have a tendency to be late, then tell yourself it starts at 5:15.

Tuesday, March 04th, 2014 | Author:

I’ve always enjoyed the non-traditional venues that host art during 1st Thursday. These are the kind of places where you will generally find the strange and unique, when you feel the need to diversify your viewing experience. This is a perfect example. Make sure to add it to your itinerary.

David J. Diamant at Blush