Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection
Noted Santa Barbara architect, philanthropist, and art collector Barry Berkus generously donated a 43-work collection of over 60 artists framing the evolution of the local contemporary art scene over the past three decades. The gift includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, mixed-media works, prints, collages, ceramics, and digital media art that he and his wife Gail purchased from local and regional artists starting in the 1970s. A portion of the collection is exhibited to the public every other year with the goal of making art familiar and accessible for the community of Santa Barbara County. Includes artists include Dane Goodman, Ginny Brush, Nell Campbell, Wayne McCall, and countless others.
anne and Walon Green Collection: works by Channing Peake
Channing Peake (1910-1989) was a muralist, colorist, abstractionist, sculptor, and draftsman who moved to California from Marshall, Colorado at an early age. During his formative years in California, Peake attended the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. In 1935, he studied at the Art Students League of New York. Throughout his career, Peake traveled and worked in Mexico, Central America, and Europe, and was friends with notable artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, and Françoise Gilot.
Peake exhibited not only nationally but also internationally in cities such as London, Paris, and Rome. In Santa Barbara, the artist’s Fiesta mural can be found in the terminal at the Santa Barbara Airport. Also, Peake worked with artist Howard Warshaw to create a mural for the Santa Barbara Public Library.
The artist’s work has been represented in several institutions including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (where he was also a founding member), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Legion of Honor and de Young museums in San Francisco, the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.
In 2012, the collection of Peake paintings in the Collections of the County of Santa Barbara were graciously gifted by Anne and Walon Green as a way to continue the artistic culture, heritage, and legacy that came with the presence of Channing Peake in Santa Barbara County.