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Local Lowdown: Beyond Borders

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2017

The Latin America-Southern California Connection: Pacific Standard Time By Leslie Dinaberg An ambitious artistic celebration of the vibrant cultural linkages between Southern California and Latin America takes place across the state this fall, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and beyond. Backed by more than $16 million in grants from the […]

SBMA Atelier: The Scent of Secret Gardens

by lesliedinaberg on May 13, 2016

Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s Atelier events are always chock full of creative fun, and this Saturday’s event—Atelier: The Scent of Secret Gardens— should be right on par with the best ones. This time around, Atelier takes India as inspiration in an evening embracing everything from Moghul to Modern, from Bombay to Bollywood. Music and […]

Local Poets on Ray Strong

by lesliedinaberg on June 9, 2015

There’s a great, free poetry event coming up on Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Local poets will follow Ray Strong‘s example in SBMA’s exhibition and write about the world “Beyond Santa Barbara,” while remaining true to their homegrown cultivated poetic visions. The event takes place on the […]

Cocktail Corner: Primavera in Winter at SBMA’s Atelier

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s Atelier cocktail parties are always a feast for the senses, and Atelier: Primavera in Winter, which celebrates everything Italian—including the fabulous exhibition of Botticelli, Titian and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, which is on view through May 3—is […]

Local Lowdown: Class-y Gifting

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2014

By Leslie Dinaberg In a season chock-full of stuff, the notion of learning a new skill, or improving upon an old one, through taking a class is a great way to give someone a gift that keeps on giving—providing memorable experiences and perhaps even spurring lasting new interests. Here are some class-y gift suggestions for […]

Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature on View at SBMA

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

Currently on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (through May 25) is an interesting contemporary exhibit, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature. Drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation— Stuart has done it all, infusing her lifelong interest in the natural world into all of her pieces, and maintaining a dialogue with nature that is at […]

“Selma Rubin and Community of Life” at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2014

The legacy of beloved local activist Selma Rubin lives on in filmmaker Beezhan Tulu‘s new documentary, Selma Rubin and Community of Life, which is an official selection of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  When asked what inspired him to do the film, Tulu said, “I believe we don’t own this planet and we share it with […]

Share the Gift of an Experience

by lesliedinaberg on December 14, 2013

Nothing beats the gift of a memorable experience…except perhaps one that you can share with your loved ones. Here are some holiday gift suggestions that can be appreciated together. Santa Barbara Beautiful When it comes to enjoying our gorgeous city, the options truly are endless. One of the best ways to soak in the soul […]

Labor of love

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

SBMA docents often young students’ first exposure to art “The most important thing about learning to look at art is that what you feel about it matters. Your opinion is valid. There is no right answer,” is what Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) Docent Pat Andersons tells elementary school students before she brings them […]

Lionesses of Winter

by lesliedinaberg on October 1, 2007

They Take Pride in Giving Back It takes passion, money and a lot of hard work for Santa Barbara’s most treasured nonprofit organizations to thrive. This community tradition of giving back by supporting education, caring for those in need, and sharing a love for nature and the arts has an incredibly generous cast of leading […]