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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, January 27th, 2016 | Author:

Congratulations to Mayor Schneider, and the City of Santa Barbara. The mayor has been a wonderful advocate for the arts and we’ve been lucky to have her support. Santa Barbara is the first city in California history to win the award, and Mayor Schneider is certainly worthy.



The Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognized Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider with the National Award for Local Arts Leadership at the mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes the successful creation of a Historic Arts District, collaboration with arts organizations, and improving access to arts and culture for youth, the residents, and visitors in public buildings and neighborhoods centers.

Over the past few decades, the City has partnered with community leaders to create and implement a vision for a Historic Arts District downtown, now complete with the renovation of aging performing arts facilities such as the Granada Theater and Victoria Hall. The City leased its property to the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for $1/Year and contributed $300,000 to develop a Community Arts Workshop. A long-expressed need from the arts community for decades, the Workshop is now the permanent home for the annual Summer Solstice parade where community artists can create costumes and floats.

Small arts and cultural organizations are supported through an events and festivals grant-making process. Historic festivals such as Old Spanish Days, Summer Solstice, and the Film Festival receive annual funding to provide free entertainment to the community, develop new programming, and reach the next generation.

“I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara’s many creative and groundbreaking community leaders and artists,” remarked Mayor Schneider. “Santa Barbara’s vibrant cultural arts economy and public art programs are a result of many years of ingenuity, planning, strategic investments and people who just get things done. Through partnerships with artists, business leaders, and philanthropists, we’ve created a place where residents and visitors alike can create, explore, participate and thrive.”

According to Nathan Vonk, President of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, “In spite of recent economic downturns, the City has remained committed to its support for cultural nonprofits and cultural tourism, and has developed a civic climate that encourages and supports strategic public-private partnerships.”

“Visitor spending generates more than $1.5 billion each year for our regional economy. Santa Barbara’s cultural mix is increasingly part of the attraction that brings visitors here and keeps them coming back,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, President/CEO of Visit Santa Barbara.

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Author:

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you will know that emerging artists are what get me most excited. I love to see what is out there on the fringes of the local art scene, and am always hoping to see something new and/or surprising. Strangely, I feel like emerging artists’ shows have become rarer as of late. This may be because they actually are less common currently for some reason, or it likely because my own life has become so busy that I miss things… the former is possible, the later is likely. Anyhow, I’m very excited about this show on Saturday night, and hope to see many of you out there.



Join Us For
The Emerging Artists
Coming Out Party
Saturday, January 23, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Art From Scrap and Art Without Limits are collaborating to bring you this fun and creative event! Join us for the Opening Reception for the Art Without Limits Emerging Artists Coming Out Party on Saturday, January 23, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This exhibition, fundraiser, and party features dance, poetry, prose, music, video, fiber arts, mixed media, and more.
(Sol Hill )
Exhibiting Artists include: Cecily Stewart, Satpreet Kahlon, Isaac Welsh, Elite Henenson, Leanna Thompson, Ash Robinson, Dan La Bellarte, Jamie Dufek, Cybil Gilbertson, Jackie Rotman, Derrick Curtis, Si Jie Loo, Shauna Murphy, and Sol Hill. Mentors include: Mary Heebner, Macduff Everton, Lisa Kaftori, Julie McLeod, Nathan Vonk, Colleen Kelly, Brecia Kralovic Logan, Marcia Meier, and Albert Salazar.
(Painting 2 by Si Jie Loo)
The Coming Out Party is an integral part of the AWoL Mentorship Program and is an opportunity for Emerging Artists to present their artwork to the community.
(Dance Production by Cecily Stewart)
Visual and performance artists, poets, and writers will be showcased. Artists who have created educational outreach programs and dance productions will talk about their projects in a presentation during the opening.
 (Cuba by Elite Henenson)
Original artwork will be for sale at the event. The exhibition will be on view at the AFS Gallery until March 5, 2016.

Invite your friends and support these emerging artists on Saturday, January 23 at Art From Scrap!

Monday, April 09th, 2012 | Author:

This is a special post for all you artists. Take special notice of the second juror for stone sculpture. I hear he’s a really tough guy to please…

The details for entries are below.

The Arts Fund's Individual Artist Awards

Juror's for the Individual Artist Awards

The Individual Artist Awards

Now in its 23rd year, the Individual Artist Award (IAA) Program honors artistic excellence among Santa Barbara County artists in a broad range of categories and disciplines annually.  The award is open to professional artists at any phase in their careers.  The winner in each category receives a cash prize of $2,000.  All IAA winners and honorable mention recipients are invited to participate in a group exhibition and award ceremony in fall 2012.  Visual arts winners are also granted a solo exhibition at the Arts Fund Gallery;  the winner in this year’s short film category will be given a public screening at a selected venue in Santa Barbara.

                 Deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 2, 2012

                  Download Application: www.artsfundsb.org
Thursday, December 16th, 2010 | Author:

Santa Barbara Art Blog on KZSB AM 1290A few months ago I was invited to visit the lovely Elizabeth Stewart on her radio show Art and Antiques. I had briefly been on the radio once before, so I had some idea of what to expect. However, I had no idea that I’d be the focus of the show for the entire hour! It was a fun experience and Elizabeth was incredibly flattering. We talked about the blog, the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and my day job at Sullivan Goss. I finally figured out how to post the audio files of the show on the blog. But I apologize in advance for the below average audio quality. I had to reduce the quality to make the files small enough to upload.  Click on the links below to listen to the show.

If you have any thoughts on what we discussed on the show, please speak up by commenting on this post. I’d love to have other voices enter the discussion.

Elizabeth’s show airs on AM 1290 at 8pm on Friday night and again at 11 am on Sunday morning. Check it out.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five