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Art Exhibits in Santa Barbara

Do you love a good gallery hop? Or are you looking for the latest opening exhibits? Maybe you just want to escape to the sanctity of the nearest coffee shop art show. Whatever your palette, Santa Barbara's art exhibits are sure to excite. Explore them below.

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Wednesday Oct 01, 2014


Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • October 01, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

Art to Zoo: Animals in Art
  • October 01, 2014 - December 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 3:30-5:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Draw, paint, print, and sculpt amazing animal art inspired by photographs in the SBMA exhibition Art to Zoo. Paintings of beloved pets, prints of exotic elephants, and sculptures of imaginary bugs keep young artists creatively engaged in this new after-school class.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 01, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • October 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

The Vastness is Bearable
  • October 01, 2014 - December 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

MCASB presents a satellite exhibition at the Hotel Indigo that features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and whose works reflect human fascination, curiosity, and awe with the universe.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014


1st Thursday
  • October 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara!
  • Address: 27B E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-2098
  • Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara

1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment.

Anne Ward and Erling Sjovold Solo Exhibitions
  • October 02, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1-5PM
  • Address: 517 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5588
  • Venue: Marcia Burtt Gallery

Anne Ward's contemporary take on genre painting is a discovery of shape, color and pattern in everyday life. Erling Sjovold's Old River, New Shore series tells the narrative of a river over time through plein air portraits and abstract deconstructions.

Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • October 02, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

Ceramics!
  • October 02, 2014 - December 18, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 3:30-5:30PM
  • Location: Ridley-Tree Education Center
  • Address: 1600 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This 12 week, afterschool class teaches the basic techniques of sculptural and functional ceramics including hand building and wheel throwing in a fun and relaxed environment. Students learn to make simple clay forms and experiment with surface decoration and glazing techniques inspired by current Museum exhibitions Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures. All materials and firings are included. No less than 10 participants requir... Details

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 02, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

epicure.sb ~ Curated Cocktails: Sexy Librarian

Featuring after hours access to the Museum and $5 signature cocktails created by Goodland mixologist Chris Burmeister inspired by our current exhibition Requiem for the Bibliophile. Including a special DJ set by Scott Topper and ongoing exhibition tours.  Co-hosts: Junior League of Santa Barbara and The Goodland.

Santa Barbara Abstract Open for SB Area Artists Hosted by the Abstract Art Collective
  • October 02, 2014
  • Times: 5-8PM First Thursday
  • Location: Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
  • Address: 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Opening Reception for the all-abstract 2D and 3D exhibit hosted by the Abstract Art Collective at the Faulkner Gallery inside the Santa Barbara Main Public Library. The exhibit which is open to all Santa Barbara area artists will be juried by John Carlander, Professor of art, Westmont College. The event runs through October 30.

1st Thursday Art Crawl
  • October 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: Back Steps of City Hall
  • Address: Del La Guerra and Anacapa Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with the Downtown Organization, will lead a curated art crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities.The original idea behind the Art Crawl was to get a critical mass of art-loving people together to share excitement about the local art scene.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • October 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

Family 1st Thursdays
  • October 02, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm. See website for a full list of acitivites. 

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