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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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Saturday Aug 29, 2015


Beach Painting Class @ Shoreline Park
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12PM
  • Location: Shoreline Park
  • Address: 1237 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 626-437-5569

Join Gypsy Studios to paint the beach-scape at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara. All experience levels welcome! Art materials, instruction & coffee and pastries provided. Meet at intersection of La Marina and Shoreline Drive.

Hidden Pirates' Treasure Art From Scrap Workshop with Beth Amine
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

The Art From Scrap (AFS) Workshop comes alive with a themed workshop every Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Open to artists of all ages and abilities, the workshops take place in the AFS Art Center; located upstairs from the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store.

"How I See It" - A Sensory Touch Exhibition
  • August 29, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5PM
  • Location: The Arts Fund Gallery
  • Address: 205- C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists' specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person...their h... Details

CA COOL at Sullivan Goss

Curator Jeremy Tessmer has assembled modernist / minimalist paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the present day that exhibit traces of the detachment implied by coolness. Many are bright and colorful, though, reminding us that 'cool' is neither too hot nor too cold. There are also nods to surf culture and to skate culture, to graphic design and to product design. There are contemporary works, by artists based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, that both reflect coolness and critique it... Details

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • August 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • August 29, 2015
  • 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.  

On the Waterfront by Ray Strong
  • August 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 6PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-962-8404
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

On The Waterfront: Painting By Ray Strong, as part of a citywide exhibit showcasing artist Ray Strong's anthology of art. Arguably one of the most famous Santa Barbara artists,14 of Mr. Strong's lifetime works that showcase his waterfront renderings will be on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come
  • August 29, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursday 11AM-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This represents the first exhibition that explores how the practice of painting served as the means for LasZlo Moholy-Nagy to imagine generative relationships between art and technology. Featuring a suite of paintings executed on traditional supports, as well as on new industrial materials like plastics and aluminum, this presentation highlights how Moholy's deployment of painting served to synthesize the inter-medical practice for which the artist has become so renowned. 

Then They Form Us

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) presents Then They Form Us, a new group exhibition that explores the precarious status of the "self" during its pixelated or roboticized evolution. The six artists in the exhibition create works that question the ways in which identities are altered within this digital realm, as computers increasingly co-opt the human body during an age of ultra-connectivity.

Visions of Modernity: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM - 5PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Visions of Modernity explores the creative process of printmaking in the first half of the 20th century in Japan, a period when artists of all disciplines explored new forms of expression as the nation sought to modernize by embracing new ideas and technologies from the West. This rapid adaptation led artists to react with a new sense of individualism and an urgency to express the political, social, economic and cultural changes of their work. 

Yara El-Sherbini, 'Border Control'
  • August 29, 2015 - October 15, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Address: 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Yara El-Sherbini is an artist who uses humor and play to address structures of power that inform our everyday existence; her accessible works engage viewers with complex social and political issues and explore the often invisible systems and processes of knowledge production that influence culture.

Zero to Sixty: An Underwater Adventure From the Equator to Alaska
  • August 29, 2015 - September 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: On display at the Sea Center and Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-682-4711 x 129
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

Experience the whole 4,000-mile adventure! A photographic exhibit by Richard Salas. 

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