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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 Jul 30, 2014


"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 30, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7517

Award winning pastel artists, Kris Buck and Terri Taber will exhibit their plein air paintings at Gallery Los Olivos throughout month of July

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • July 30, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Artist’s Reception
  • July 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30-7PM
  • Location: Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Address: 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-563-8820

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara for a Fiesta Artist’s Reception for Laurie MacMillan’s art exhibition, entitled “My Back Yard.” The exhibit features her work celebrating nature’s constant renewal and the earth’s dynamism.

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

Special exhibit works include folklorico paintings from Mexico, Los Angeles, historical paintings of las Doñas of the Casa de la Guerra and iconic images of Fiesta.

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • July 30, 2014 - September 15, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-10PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805.969.3626, ext. 103

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest. Opening talk and reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5P. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • July 30, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

14th Annual Buddha Abides
  • July 30, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sat 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Now in its fourteenth year, Buddha Abides provides a forum where Buddhist influenced work by local, contemporary artists is shown, appreciated and purchased.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • July 30, 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.  

Experience Early California Art!
  • July 30, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

We invite you to explore Impressions In Ink - Etchings From The Collection.  Impressions In Ink features prints by Santa Barbara artists Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), Marian Hebert (1899 – 1960), Edward Borein (1872 – 1945), Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), and Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958). The exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fres... Details

Impressions in Ink-Etchings from the Collection
  • July 30, 2014 - August 15, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Address: 136 East De La Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Impressions In Ink features prints by Santa Barbara artists The exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fresh out of conservation and as bright as the day they were printed.

Ken Bortolazzo: Moving On

New exhibition of kinetic sculpture by Ken Bortolazzo. Working with stainless steel, Bortolazzo has established himself as one of the country's foremost metal sculptors. In his newest body of work, he continues a departure from his past Optikinetic work, experimenting with wall-mounted works and colored lighting effects.

Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
  • July 30, 2014 - September 14, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursday 11AM-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Left Coast is an exhibition that presents an overview of the Museum's collecting habits in contemporary art over the past five years, focusing most heavily on artists living and working in Southern California. Featuring a variety of media, including painting, photography, works on paper, and sculpture, many of the works in the exhibition are in view for the first time! 

Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood
  • July 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursday 11AM-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This exhibition examines the lesser known role of Beatrice Woods work. Wood's work explores socially taboo subject matter in abstract and figurative styles. Providing an intimate glimpse into the artist's life and legacy, Living in the Timeless is infused with humor, wit, and eroticism, Wood's drawings delve into various aspects of human nature.The exhibition also features ceramic sculptures and tiles, as well as the artist's illustrated books. 

Marinella Senatore: Building Communities
  • July 30, 2014 - August 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday, Friday Saturday 11AM-5PM, Thursdays 11AM-8PM, Sundays 12-5PM
  • Address: 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Senatore has gained international acclaim for her masterfully orchestrated films and public projects. Building Communities is a thoughtful selection of Senatore’s operatic work, often taking the form of collaborative films that assert the audience as a key protagonist. Creating new possibilities for public involvement, the exhibition in Santa Barbara will feature past artwork, creative writing workshops, community dances, and interactive photo shoots, using the creative and process itself ... Details

Project Fiesta!
  • July 30, 2014 - September 26, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, join us for our latest exhibition, Project Fiesta! Experience the pageantry, fashion and traditions of our city’s most cherished cultural festival. Featuring vintage posters, artwork, restored costumes, artifacts and history.

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