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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 Jul 04, 2015


4th of July Old Mission (Alternative site) Art Show
  • July 04, 2015
  • Times: 10AM -5PM
  • Location: 2227 Garden Street
  • Address: 2227 Garden Street, corner of Pueblo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-886-9416

Join us for our annual 4th of July Old Mission Art Show. 50 local artists showcase their work in this very popular well attended show. There will be pottery, glass, jewellery, dolls, hats, clothing, oil & water colors & mixed media art, unique gift items, photography and more.

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
  • July 04, 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
  • July 04, 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
  • July 04, 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.

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

Visions of Modernity: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • July 04, 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. 

Wanderlust
  • July 04, 2015 - August 23, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 1-5PM
  • Address: 517 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5588
  • Venue: Marcia Burtt Gallery

Marcia Burtt Studio presents "Wanderlust," an exhibition expanding both literal and artistic boundaries. The pull to work outside the artist’s usual haunts shows itself in pieces created on site in France, on the near-but-far Channel Islands, and in other places throughout our nation’s vast expanse. Fresh views lead to new discoveries. Complementing works painted far away are pieces that reflect the drive to experience unknown materials, themes, challenges, or styles-... Details

Zero to Sixty: An Underwater Adventure From the Equator to Alaska
  • July 04, 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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