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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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Friday May 22, 2015


Artist Talk for IMPART: An Exhibition for the 2015 Teen Arts Mentorship Master Artists
  • May 22, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Address: 205 C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: The Arts Fund

This exhibition will feature the work of this year's outstanding cast of professional artists and writers who have graciously accepted the opportunity to impart their knowledge to Santa Barbara's next generation of artists. The artist talk is a chance to to meet and speak with the artists about their work. 

Turkish by Matisse and Other Delights
  • May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 2PM & 8PM
  • Location: The New Vic Theater
  • Address: 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-450-7535

An enticing evening of dance featuring exceptional dancers, live music and captivating choreography that touches both the heart and mind. Look for interesting juxtapositions between the classical and contemporary by Santa Barbara’s American Dance & Music Performance Group.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • May 22, 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.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • May 22, 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
  • May 22, 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.  

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink
  • May 22, 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.

Forest for the trees
  • May 22, 2015 - June 14, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1pm-5pm
  • Address: 517 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5588
  • Venue: Marcia Burtt Gallery

Marcia Burtt Studio presents "Forest for the Trees," an exhibition celebrating the beauty and poetry of trees in contemporary landscape paintings by gallery artists. Detailed studies compel the viewer to step in close and examine the delicate line and intricate natural design while panoramic scenes or broad brush strokes and abstract shapes encourage the viewer to step back and ponder the big picture.

IMPART: An Exhibition for the 2015 Teen Arts Mentorship Master Artists
  • May 22, 2015 - June 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed. - Fri. 12-5PM, Sat. 11-5PM, Sun. 11-4PM
  • Address: 205 C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: The Arts Fund

The exhibition will feature the work of this year's outstanding cast of professional artists and writers who have graciously accepted the opportunity to impart their knowledge to Santa Barbara's next generation of artists. As a reflection of the mentorship program itself, this exhibition will feature a diverse array of media including alternative process photography, old masters oil painting, plein air painting, creative writing, stainless steel sculpture, drawing and mix-media; all art forms ... Details

Summer Art Series: David J. Diamant
  • May 22, 2015 - May 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 414 North Salsipuedes, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 80596579585
  • Venue: Carr Winery

Local artist, David J. Diamant, will showcase his new exhibit, Surf Altar, which features works in pen-and-ink, acrylic, photography, murals, digital imaging, and plexiglass shadow art. 

Teen Paranormal Romance

The exhibition explores the recent popularity of the "Teen Paranormal Romance" literary genre, characterized by romantic love with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Teen Paranormal Romance includes sculpture, photography, and video that tap into the conceptual veins of this widely acclaimed genre. The works offer subtle commentary on the dark zeitgeist of paranormal phenomena and the ideological positions it influences regarding topics that range from religious be... Details

The Declarations of Independents

Sullivan Goss presents an exhibition that focuses on the art of strong women modernists active between 1915 and today. The exhibit will have a particular focus on Santa Barbara modernists like Lyla Harcoff and Grace Vollmer, but it will also feature a fine selection of works by East Coast modernist Betty Lane.The gallery will round out the selection with the works of important California modernists and a few contemporary artists whose works share some of the iconoclastic spirit of their predece... Details

Visions of Modernity: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • May 22, 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. 

VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition
  • May 22, 2015 - June 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10am-4pm on Weekdays, 11am-5pm on Saturdays
  • Address: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6162
  • Venue: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art On View: May 21 – June 20, 2015 Opening Reception & Awards: Thursday, May 21 • 4-6 p.m. Juror: Ciara Ennis – Director & Curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries

Zero to Sixty: An Underwater Adventure From the Equator to Alaska
  • May 22, 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. 

Saturday May 23, 2015


Divergence: canTEEN! Art, Music and Mocktails

Join MCASB for a teen takeover at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara to celebrate the Teen Insiders Project 2014/15. Check out the new exhibition, Teen Paranormal Romance, while listening to some sick beats and sipping a signature mocktail.

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