City hall gallery

City Hall Gallery is located at 735 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The gallery features a lobby area for artwork in addition to several feet of running wall space for exhibitions. All exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.


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the river's journey: One year, six artists, ninety-two miles

Opening August 2018

The River’s Journey Project was developed by the Rose Compass, a small collective of Santa Barbara female artists, and serves to connect our community to their limited and valuable water resource. They are using art to inform the public about our local Santa Ynez River watershed, how it functions and our individual responsibility to protect its viability through art and education. They each have their distinct creative points of view, but the medium of gouache and the watershed unite them.

The Rose Compass artists, which include Nicole Strasburg, Holli Harmon, Connie Connally, Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Libby Smith, and Nina Warner, have opened a dialogue with key water management organizations, naturalists, and environmental advocates.

We are offering a unique portal to access educational information through exhibitions, didactics, and a publication that will encapsulate the visual journey of our water resource exploration. We are partnering with other community non-profits and our public water agencies to engage all residents in the community to increase awareness of water: where it comes from, how do we use it, and how can we protect it. 


Gifts From Around the World

February 26 - June 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 2018 (5-7 p.m.)

Gifts from Around the World highlights Santa Barbara’s robust Sister Cities Program and follows the Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase at City Hall Gallery in February 2018. The City of Santa Barbara has an active Sister Cities Board that meets bimonthly to administer and coordinate the activities of Santa Barbara's Sister City Program.

Gifts from Around the World presents artifacts that have been contributed to the City of Santa Barbara by seven Sister Cities across the globe. Santa Barbara’s Sister Cities are:

Dingle, Ireland

Kotor, Montenegro

Patras, Greece

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

San Juan Metro Manila, Philippines

Toba City, Japan

Weihai, People's Republic of China

This exhibition runs concurrently with the application period for the 2018 Young Artists and Authors competition, “The Art of Diplomacy.” Interested students residing within Santa Barbara are encouraged to submit original artwork and entries to Sister Cities International by May 1, 2018.