The river's Journey: one year, six artists, ninety-two miles


The River's Journey Project was developed by Rose Compass, a small collective of Santa Barbara female artists including Connie Connally, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner, and Pamela Zwehl-Burke. The collective serves to connect the Santa Barbara County community through a visual journey to the limited and valuable water resources nearby.

“Flowing through our own backyard is the Santa Ynez River. With its headwaters at the border with Ventura County and its mouth draining into Surf Beach in Lompoc, the river has been a vital resource for our county—both for generations of humans beginning with the Chumash people and for native animal and plant species that depend upon it. Over the last century, three dams and reservoirs were built to meet the growing water needs of the Santa Barbara community.

In the last decade, our County has struggled with significant drought and the need to raise a new consciousness among citizens for ongoing water conservation efforts,” states the Rose Compass artists.

In conjunction with The River’s Journey Project, Rose Compass artists have opened dialogues with water management organizations, naturalists, environmental advocates, and have partnered with other community non-profits and public water agencies to “increase awareness of water: where it comes from, how do we use it, and how can we protect it.”

This exhibition was produced as a partnership between the City of Santa Barbara and Rose Compass. To learn more about the City of Santa Barbara’s water conservation efforts and ways that you can help save water, please visit:

Opens August 2, 2018

Location: City Hall Gallery

Opening Reception:

September 6, 2018

5:00-7:00 p.m.

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