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 17, 2014


"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 17, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. The exhibition invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • April 17, 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. 

April Showers, an exhibition of Erin Williams
  • April 17, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Bella Rosa Galleries
  • Address: 1103State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bella Rosa Galleries presents April Showers, a solo exhibition of new work by watercolorist Erin Williams. April Showers will feature Erin's vibrant, large-scale paintings of seascapes and flowers that capture the divinity and beauty of nature. An artists reception will be held April 3rd from 5-8PM. 

Culture 101 Spring Promotion
  • April 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: All around The American Riviera®
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

Experience Santa Barbara's culture & discover the area's untold treasures. Get your hands dirty and become a Zoo Keeper for a day, illuminate your imagination with world premier art exhibits, or walk  your way through original tours, and much more! Check website for specific events.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • April 17, 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!
  • April 17, 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

FOR REAL? Magical Realism in American Art

FOR REAL? traces the history of American painters  who's work was associated with "symbolic realism and "magic realism". In all of these works, it is the disparity between what's real and what's presented that gives the work it's enduring allure.

Impressions in Ink-Etchings from the Collection
  • April 17, 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.

In Defense of Beauty: Leon Dabo's Floral Oils
  • April 17, 2014 - April 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5:30PM
  • Address: 7 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-730-1460
  • Venue: Sullivan-Goss Books/Arts & Letters Cafe

Leon Dabo (1864 - 1960), one of the great early American Modernist painters, is best known for his tonalist landscapes. These paintings can be found today in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre, and The National Academy. Little did anyone know that he simultaneously painted an entire body of work devoted to floral still lifes which he unveiled in New York City at a historic exhibition in 1933. For the first time since that date, Sullivan Goss host an exhibition devoted solely... Details

Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature
  • April 17, 2014 - April 20, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum hours
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This exhibition presents the work of an artist who radically combines site-specific earthworks with the medium of drawing. Michelle Stuart has become internationally known for a rich and diverse body of work engendered by her lifelong interest in the natural world and the cosmos.

Nell Brooker Mayhew: Paintings From The Estate

this exhibition features a selection of five freshly-discovered oils on canvas and some newly-acquired paintings on paper and graphics by Nell Brooker Mayhew, a progressive artist from the Midwest who brought her distinctive, lyrical vision out West to describe the California Landscape and its architecture from 1908 to 1940. Wells patented her unusual "color etching" process, which involved making a monotype over and etching.

Richard Haines: Midcentury Master
  • April 17, 2014 - June 29, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5:30PM
  • Address: 7 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-730-1460
  • Venue: Sullivan-Goss Books/Arts & Letters Cafe

This exhibition comprises a full survey of Richard Haine's career from his days working for the WPA as a muralist through his heyday in the 1940's and 1950's and finally on to a small selection of works created in the early 1970's. 

SBMA is Exclusive West Coast Venue for International Artists
  • April 17, 2014 - May 04, 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

"Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating" (on view through April 20, 2014) is the first comprehensive exploration of this renowned sculptor's creative process in the form of drawings, and her first west coast solo exhibition since 1996. The exhibition consists of approximately 100 works and is also on view at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB. "Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature" (on view through May 4, 2014) is the first major museum exhibiti... Details

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