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Wit and Whimsy:

Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford

Location: Channing Peake Gallery

Opening Reception:

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5-8 p.m.

wit and whimsy: selections from the collection of michael and nancy gifford showcases a variety of works from the recent gift of art to the county of santa barbara. in 2018, michael and nancy gifford donated almost 300 pieces by local artists to the County. focusing on a selection of contemporary art from the gift, this exhibition highlights the talent and diversity of artists living and practicing in santa barbara county.

this exhibition was produced by the santa barbara county arts commission. artist and longtime county art in public places committee member cynthia martin and county office of arts and culture curator julia rutherford daly served as co-curators for the presentation.


channing peake at casa del herrero and highlights from the santa barbara county collection

Location: Betteravia Gallery, Santa Maria

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

in collaboration with Casa del Herrero, this exhibition celebrates Channing Peake’s important artistic contribution and provides insight into the special nature of his internship at Casa del Herrero and its influence on the artist throughout his artistic career. The show includes photographs of Peake’s architectural paintings at Casa alongside paintings by Peake from the County’s permanent collection.

Learn more about Casa del Herrero at

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on the blue shore of silence: poems of the sea by pablo neruda-a fine art Book by Mary heebner

Location: City Hall Gallery
Currently on View

On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda is a fine art book created by California artist Mary Heebner. This exhibition showcases all twelve folios of this beautiful book with handmade paper, letterpress, and prints in celebration of National Poetry Month.

In 2004, Harper Collins/Rayo published a trade edition of Heebner’s book in celebration of Pablo Neruda’s 100th birthday.

This exhibition is produced in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Public Library and Simplemente Maria Press.

Mary is also showing her works along side Jeff Shelton at the Muse Project at the AD&A Museum UC Santa Barbara. Click here for more info on this project.


re[visit] 1925

Location: Jardin de las Granada / Ongoing

Re[visit] 1925, created by Kym Cochran and Jonathan Smith, is a new four-piece sculptural public art installation for the Jardin de las Granadas, representing 1925 earthquake that destroyed much of downtown Santa Barbara. The artists will illuminate the sculpture periodically with light projects through the coming months. Re[visit] 1925 represents an innovative collaboration between several organization including Santa Barbara Beautiful, the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Public Library as well as local artists and schools across the county. View a video of archival footage created by the artists here.