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Monday, October 01st, 2012 | Author:

It’s time to start getting ready for 1st Thursday. There are a lot of wonderful things going on this month and this may be the one I am most excited about. I’ll be coming at you hard and fast with posts this week about 1st Thursday, and then about Focus on the Funk Zone coming up on Saturday. It’s going to be a busy, art-filled week.

See you out there.

Travis Hutchison Gallery Acero

Tuesday, June 05th, 2012 | Author:

It is that time once again, Ladies and Gentlemen, to hit the streets downtown in search of good art and great company. The Art Crawl is now over a year old, can you believe it!?!

This month I’ve cut down our itinerary greatly as a bit of an experiment. In part, I am going to try to get us to linger a bit longer in each spot to encourage more mingling and conversing. But I also foresee many diversions from the path I’ve laid out in the map below. In fact, I’m already pretty certain I’ve left off a place or two that I’m certain we’ll visit. I guess if you want to hit those spots, you’ll have to join us at the beginning.

As always, wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. See you on Thursday.

Click on the map below to see it full size.

For a full list of the evening’s offerings, check out the Downtown Organization’s website: HERE.

Santa Barbara's First Thursday Map (June '12)

634 Anacapa Street, 805-965-7111
Enjoy the ambience of the historic Craviotto ironworking shop and mingle with the staff in a relaxed party atmosphere. This month, Santa Barbara Forge + Iron will be hosting a group show from local photographers Lindsey Ross and Brett Leigh Dicks dealing with wartime themes and images.

27 East De la Guerra Street, 805-962-8347
Featuring early Santa Barbara artist Edward Borein, Alexander Harmer, Fernand Lungren, Douglass Parshall, Frank Morley Fletcher and others. We also offer antiques and estate jewelry.

23 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-6448
Stone carving, Figures and more! CASA Magazine salutes SBCC’s Adult Education program with an exhibit of work by their Stone Carving and Life Drawing Class. 15& of proceeds to be donated to the Adult Ed Life Drawing or Stone Carving class of artist. Enjoy a range of work from beginner to professional that has been honed in the collegial continuing education program. Live Music!

7 & 11 East Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460
Join us as we celebrate the third solo exhibition for American Constructivist, Sidney Gordin (1918-1996).Sidney Gordin: Just Put it Together is a sweeping exhibition that explores the works that Gordin created in the height of his career. Sculptures, paintings, and constructions will be on display in our contemporary gallery.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 | Author:

Alright, here it is. 1st Thursday is upon us and once again there are too many places to see in a single night.  Because of this I try to mix it up from month to month so we get so see new things and visit the places that have been unjustly neglected.  This month we’ll be visiting a very eclectic group of venues, as has become the custom. And there are sure to be a few surprises.

The Art Crawl will begin promptly at 5:30 this month, so we’ll have time to start our evening with the Santa Barbara Art Collaborative’s “Art in the Mayor’s Office”. If you have never been in a mayor’s office, this is your chance. It is an incredibly cool thing that Mayor Schneider opens her office to the public for this event. This round the Mayor’s office is hung with prints from the Santa Barbara Print Makers. The office will close at 6 o’clock, so don’t be late.

The Art Crawl has brought out larger and larger crowds over the passed few months, and I’d like to encourage anyone reading this to join us for the evening.

Finally, remember to wear comfortable shoes and grab a snack before you come. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. See you on Thursday!

Below the map I’ve put previews of a limited selection of what we’ll see on Thursday.


Santa Barbara First Thursday Map (March '12)

click on the map to enlarge the image


Wall Space Gallery

113 W. Ortega St.

gottlieb - copa pool

wall space is excited to showcase the talented photographer and creative artist  

Jane Gottlieb for the month of March in the gallery.  

Vivid, an exhibition of select works from Gottlieb’s many series showcases the unique hand painted approach Jane takes to image making. These one of a kind prints have a rich vitality and energy that is unlike any other artist working in contemporary photography today.

Her bright, vibrant visions bring Spring to Santa Barbara with a bang.  Hues of yellow, pink and blue cover the walls like masterstrokes from some of the world’s greatest painters.  In the idea of Gauguin, Monet, and Picasso, Gottlieb wows us, surrounding us in Technicolor dreams.

After traveling the world, Jane brings home these explosive visionary postcards full of effervescence and sparkle.  These images take you by surprise, take your breath away and fill you with new life, new ideas of how to see the world around us.

Join us on March 1st, during First Thursday’s Art Walk between 6 – 8pm to celebrate Jane, her Technicolor vision and these creative works.


Philip Koplin flying-fallingThe Project

E. de la Guerra St @ de la Guerra Plaza

Philip Koplin


Project Fine Art Zone, E. de la Guerra St @ de la Guerra Plaza (740 State St)

Dates: 1 March—1 April 2012.

Inhabiting an ever-widening gap between intention and achievement, Philip Koplin has managed to evoke the image of an art career by masquerading his shortcomings as aesthetic choices. He has shown widely in Santa Barbara and elsewhere, and he was the 2007 recipient of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Award for Work on Paper, a medium he prefers because of its easy disposability. Although he believes that the fetish of “creativity” is accorded far more attention than is due, he continues to compose in a confused array of media, in the hope of at least mildly diverting himself, as well as the occasional gallerygoer, from some of the dimmer truths to which flesh is subject.
27 East Cota Street
Presenting, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls photographs by Nick Brandt. In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books to memorialize the vanishing grandeur of the natural world of East Africa. The 21 large scale photographs in the exhibition are taken from this photographic project. This exhibition will tie in with a Fundraiser in March for Big Life Foundation. Founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt in urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa, Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of East Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems. Initially working within the 2 million acre area of the Amboseli ecosystem, Big Life’s 100+ rangers have already been responsible for a huge reduction in poaching there.


7 West Carillo St

Ronald Wickersham
March 1 – March 31

Ronald Wickersham

Monday, January 30th, 2012 | Author:

I seem to have been so busy lately that I have been slow to get organized for this month’s Art Crawl. Because of this, I’m going to publish the exact same map that I used for last month’s Art Crawl, but I’ll also reserve the right to make some last minute deviations of our route. One of the challenges in organizing the Art Crawl is that many of the places I want to hit the most are also the farthest apart and for some people that is just too far to walk. So I do my best to balance these factors and encourage people to wear comfortable shoes. OH… and try to eat before you come. 1st Thursday happens right at dinner time and you can find yourself famished before get to see the place you’ve been waiting for all night.  The last few month’s we’ve had a really great turn out, and I’ve met some really great people… not to mention seen some pretty great art.

The Art Crawl begins at 5:45 sharp, however, if you know you’re going to be late you can follow our progress on Twitter.

Maybe we’ll see a movie star?

Santa Barbara's 1st Thursday Art Crawl

click on the image above for a larger map

Monday, January 02nd, 2012 | Author:

Happy New Year, one and all. I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to get the new year started. We are going to start 2012 off with a less frantic version of the monthly 1st Thursday Art Crawl. This should allow us to take a bit more time at each location and soak in the art more thoroughly. We will end the night at the studio of one of Santa Barbara’s most talented young painters, Derek Harrison. After missing his studio last month because of a miss-communication, we are back on track for this month. It should be a great night, and I hoping to see another big crowd join us for the evening.

You can find a map of the proposed itinerary below. The Art Crawl starts PROMPTLY at 5:45, so if you can’t make it at the beginning, use the map to track us down. I also usually update our location live on twitter.

See you on Thursday!

Click on the image below for a larger, printable version of the map.

Santa Barbara First Thursday Art Crawl