Although Santa Barbara may be a small city with a population of around 90,000 people, its art scene is flourishing. The city’s beautiful parks and beaches serve as the backdrop to strolling and viewing fine art and engaging exhibits. Check out this list of the top 10 art events in Santa Barbara this spring.

 

  1. 1. Studio Sunday on the Front Steps: Katagami

April 9, 2017 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Create multiple katagami stencil-inspired water patterns and leaves to print in paint on cotton in this hands-in workshop.

 

  1. 2. RURAL LIFE

On until  May 14, 2017 – Weekly on Thursday – Sunday,  1:00PM – 5:00PM

Marcia Burtt Gallery

Rural may sometimes serve as a shorthand for simple, but the works in this exhibit are rich and complex celebrations of a necessary landscape.

 

  1. 3. SKETCHING IN THE GALLERIES: STILL LIFE

April 20, 2017 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in Highlights of the Permanent Collection.

 

  1. 4. Curator’s Choice Lecture: Katherine Roeder

April 23, 3017 2pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Moving Images and Wordless Books: Mapping David Wiesner’s Network of Influences

 

  1. 5. 1ST THURSDAY

On until December 7, 2017 monthly on the 1st Thursday 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Various locations 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.

 

  1. 6. CARVED PAPER: THE ART OF THE JAPANESE STENCIL

    Cherry Blossoms on Dark and Light Streams (detail)

On until  MAY 7, 2017 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the selected stencils were produced in the late Edo and Meiji periods (1850–1912) when the Japanese demand for new fashion stimulated an outpouring of patterns that has rarely been equaled in the world of design.

 

  1. 7. I MADONNARI STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

MAY 27, 2017 – MAY 29, 2017 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images.

 

  1. 8. Art at the JCC: Santa Barbara Printmakers Spring 2017 Exhibition

On until May 17, 2017

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Printmakers is a non-profit organization dedicated to printmaking as an art form and to artistic exploration and expression using a variety of printing techniques that range from traditional to contemporary.

 

  1. 9. SBTC – Celebrating Art & People: Beauty

April 14th – May 5th, 2017

Santa Barbara Tennis Club

Beautiful objects from a Faberge egg to a cerebral abstraction have intrinsic value and can elevate the human psyche from the mundane to the sublime. Ideas of beauty vary through different times and cultures, but always reflect the higher sensibilities of humanity.

 

  1. 10. 52nd Anniversary Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

May 20, 2017

Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara

Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department since 1966, the show is now the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. Whatever the size, subject, media and price—all are original art, done

by the artists you meet. Approximately 200 artists display their work in an informal atmosphere that encourages visitors to speak with the artists.


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