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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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Thursday Apr 02, 2015


1st Thursday
  • April 02, 2015
  • 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.

Family 1st Thursdays at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • April 02, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Location: Family Resource Center
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center. This week: dar the delicate lines of Guadenzio Ferrari's Head of Madonna in pen and ink on tracing paper and finish by mounting it on tan board. 

1st Thursday Art Crawl
  • April 02, 2015
  • 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.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • April 02, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • April 02, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Ben Messick: Artist at Sullivan Goss

A wide ranging exhibition of drawings, watercolors, oils, and prints from the estate of California Scene painter Ben Messick. 

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
  • April 02, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM; Chase Free Thur 5-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6430
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums' outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before be... Details

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • April 02, 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
  • April 02, 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.  

Drawings in Dialogue: Italian & Northern European Works on Paper
  • April 02, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursday Evening 5-8PM
  • Location: 19812
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This installation reflects two centuries of artistic dialogue between Italian and Northern European artists. Home to classical Greek and Roman sculpture and architecture, Italy was also a destination for ambitious painters from Northern Europe. Study in Italy's major art centers has long been a prerequisite for any aspiring artist in the Western tradition. Among the artists featured is leading Flemish landscape painter Matthijs Bril the Younger, whose drawings of ancient ruins and landscapes se... Details

Family 1st Thursdays
  • April 02, 2015
  • 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. 

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink
  • April 02, 2015 - May 23, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM tour and 1:30PM tour
  • Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-969-9990
  • Venue: Lotusland

In addition to the breathtaking gardens of Lotusland, visitors will see a contemporary art exhibition inspired by an environmental imperative – the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet.

Limited Palette Abstracts: An Abstract Art Collective Exhibit
  • April 02, 2015 - April 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 12-4PM
  • Address: 21 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

The AAC challenged its members to create an exhibit of artwork limited to black and white, plus one additional color. By stripping away the power and effect of color, this challenge presented the AAC members an opportunity to do more with less, to explore composition above color, shapes and contrast. Please join the artists for a 1st Thursday Reception March 5, 5-8PM in the upstairs gallery at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. 

Meet the Masters: 500 Years of Italian Painting Spring ArtVenture Camp
  • April 02, 2015 - April 03, 2015
  • Times: 9AM-3PM
  • Location: Ridley-Tree Education at McCormick House
  • Address: 1600 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Step back in time! Explore the world through the eyes of Italian master artists. Paint mythical stories, portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes inspired by Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

Ringers: Vintage and Contemporary American Masterworks

The term "Ringers" is an expression from the world of sports for a player who exceeds the expected level of excellence. This exhibition features both vintage and contemporary art works that are all works of surpassing merit. 

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