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August 13: Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Solo Art Exhibition and Open House

“goodbye,” 11” x 14,” acrylic on Plexiglas, by paula re

paula re’s “crossings of my mind”

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara for its next art exhibition and open house to enjoy wine, refreshments, and paula re’s art exhibit, entitled “crossings of my mind,” featuring artwork contemplating our common journeys.

paula re has worked with words her entire life, and has recently begun to transform them into artwork. She has completed several full collections, and her work can be found in many private collections, including those of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Marilyn Horne. re’s work has been included in the 100 Grand Show at Sullivan Goss Gallery for the past two years and was displayed in a single artist museum show at the KarpelesManuscriptMuseum in 2013.

Thirty-five percent of the show’s sale proceeds will be donated to Hospice of Santa Barbara.


Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara

Exhibition Dates: August 2014 – November 2014


For more information, please call Hospice of Santa Barbara at (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Invite Collectors to An Insider’s Tour of the Fine Art of the “American Riviera”




The Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 13th annual Open Studios Tour offers an insider’s access to the studios of Santa Barbara’s leading professional artists. The two-day event takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, throughout exclusive and historical neighborhoods of Santa Barbara County.


Santa Barbara, California has become a choice worldwide destination for fans of weather, wine and weddings – and for the past 13 years, for collectors and connoisseurs of original fine art. The Santa Barbara Studio Artists 13th annual Open Studios Tour offers an insider’s access to the studios of Santa Barbara’s leading professional artists. The two-day event takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, throughout exclusive and historical neighborhoods of Santa Barbara County. The 2014 festivities also include a month-long preview exhibition and a special reception. The Open Studios Tour presents Santa Barbara area visitors and residents, art collectors and enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to meet dozens of acclaimed artists, tour their private studios and experience the workings of a professional artist’s studio.


The two-day self-guided driving tour takes visitors through the region known as the “American Riviera:” Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta and north through Santa Barbara’s wine country to Buellton. Some 36 studios will be open for tour guests. The art is as distinctive and diverse as the award-winning artists themselves, ranging from landscape, contemporary, and figurative painting to sculpture, mosaics and assemblage. A complete schedule of events is below and more information is available at http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com.


“The Open Studios Tour gives art collectors and enthusiasts a rare chance to experience art outside of a gallery or museum setting,” said Francis Scorzelli, Santa Barbara Studio Artists Board President. “There is nothing like meeting face-to-face with the artists who create these pieces, and our Tour artists are excited to welcome those who seek to appreciate the creative process.”


The Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour has achieved wide-reaching popularity, attracting visitors to the community, and creating the opportunity for art collectors to ‘discover’ and purchase directly from renowned and rising star artists.


Key factors that distinguish Santa Barbara Studio Artists from other Open Studio Tours are that membership is juried and participating artists are top professionals in the visual arts. Many of their works have been showcased on the walls of prestigious galleries, museums and private and corporate collections from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and elsewhere.


Today, regional, national and international collectors, interior designers and gallery owners plan trips to Santa Barbara during the Open Studios Tour weekend to view and purchase premier one-of-a kind art works.


A portion of proceeds from ticket sales for this year’s Open Studios Tour will be donated to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Healing Arts Program. This support will help the hospital purchase artwork from local artists that reflects the beauty and vibrancy of the Central Coast.


In 2013 a Year-Round Visits program was added. Subject to the availability of the artist, a number of artist members are opening their studios, at very short notice, to individuals and groups who may wish for a private visit. For more information, visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com.


Schedule of Events for the 2014 Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour:


Open Studios Tour (Main Event), Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24 
Santa Barbara Studio Artists (SBSA) Open Studios Tour features a treasure trove of world-class original art and a view inside Santa Barbara’s leading artists’ private studios. Maps are provided for self-guided driving tour through stunning back roads and estates.

  • Date:          Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24
  • Time:          11 am – 5 pm
  • Location:    Various locations around the greater Santa Barbara County area


Month-long Preview Exhibition, July 30 – August 26, 2014 
The month-long Preview Exhibition features works from the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and gives attendees the opportunity to plan which of the 36 studios to visit during the two-day tour.

  • Date/Time: July 30 through August 26, 2014, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Please

call first, (805) 966-7939.

  • Location:    Corridan Gallery, 125 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Opening Artists’ Reception, August 22
Artists will be in attendance during this festive soiree with one piece of each artist’s work on display. Collectors and tour participants are invited to meet the artists and enjoy food and wine.

  • Date/Time: Friday, August 22, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Location:    Corridan Gallery, 125 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Tickets: $18 if purchased before August 1, $20 August 2 and on, or $15 each for groups of two or more.


Ticket price includes the Opening Artists’ Reception and the Tour. For tickets, maps and more information call 805-280-9178 or visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/2014-studio-tour/.


Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional fine artists dedicated to raising the profile of Santa Barbara as a destination for the arts.


Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 13th Annual Open Studios Tour





 SBSA_tourpicSanta Barbara Studio Artists


Santa Barbara Studio Artists 13th Annual Open Studios Tour features access to dozens of private studios of Santa Barbara’s award-winning professional artists. Tour guests will experience a wide variety of styles ranging from landscape, contemporary, and figurative painting to sculpture and assemblage. The two-day self-guided driving tour steers visitors to artists’ studios through the stunning back roads, charming neighborhoods and estates of one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world. Related events include a gallery preview exhibition, with an Artists’ Reception at Corridan Gallery on Friday, August 22.


Individuals and groups may also visit many of the artist studios on a year-round basis.

Date:               Saturday, August 23, 2014 and Sunday, August 24, 2014


Time:               11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Location:        Various locations around the greater Santa Barbara area


Cost:                Tickets are $18 if purchased on or before August 1, $20 August 1 and on,  or $15 each when purchased in groups of two or more. Ticket price includes the Opening Artists’ Reception and the Tour.

For tickets, maps and more information call 805-280-9178, or visitwww.santabarbarastudioartists.com/2014-studio-tour

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional fine artists dedicated to raising the profile of Santa Barbara as a destination for the arts.

WEV Founder Marsha Bailey Appointed to National Women’s Business Council




WEVfounder Marsha Bailey

Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures, was recently appointed to the National Women’s Business Council.

NWBC is an independent source of advice and counsel to the president, Congress and the U.S Small Business Administration on issues of importance to women business owners. It is composed of 15 members who are appointed to three-year terms.

“The council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs,” Bailey said. “NWBC conducts research on issues important to women business owners and their organizations. They then communicate these finding to expand and improve opportunities for women business owners.”

Bailey has been developing educational programs and services for women since 1983 and is the primary author of WEV’s self-employment training curriculum, From Vision to Venture.

She has a master’s degree in communication from UC Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in fine art and sociology.

She is a certified economic development finance professional and has served on the Board of Directors of many local organizations.

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing Women’s Economic Ventures.


Sharing Goleta’s Backyard Bounty Fruit Trees and Vines Picked for Free




 backyard_1Santa Barbara County Foodbank

Santa Barbara County Foodbank distributes free food in the Goleta Valley Community Center’s Dining Room.

Monday, August 4, 2014


If you are one of the many Goleta Valley backyard food growers and have a few trees groaning under the weight of fruits you cannot eat or give to the neighbors, help is only a call away. Even better, relieving your vines or fruit trees will assist in feeding needy residents in your community.

After a short hiatus, the Santa Barbara County Foodbank has a new coordinator for its Backyard Bounty food-gathering program. Niles Brinton, a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, has been on the job only a few weeks and already has Goleta soil under his fingernails.

“One day I helped an elderly lady who lived off North Patterson Avenue harvest around 1,600 pounds of avocados from her trees,” he told me late last month. “We could’ve gotten more, but we ran out of boxes and daylight.” That same day he lent a hand gathering around 200 pounds of ripe grapefruit from another gardener’s trees.

These were emergencies. Picking and packing fruit is not Brinton’s main job. As his title suggests, he is Foodbank’s liaison between small growers and the nonprofit’s two warehouses in the Goleta Valley and Santa Maria. Large farmers and grocery chains donate produce and other foodstuffs through different channels.

The coordinator works with Foodbank staff to organize volunteers for gathering and transporting the produce if the donor cannot do it himself. Timing is often crucial since ripening fruit or vegetables have to be matched with volunteers’ availability and Foodbank’s small fleet of trucks. Volunteer labor helps to schedule, pick, pack, and transport the surplus to the warehouses. Distribution currently is through a network of 330 nonprofit agencies and programs, which are integral partners with the countywide organization.

Two of the many Goleta Valley beneficiaries are Friendship Manor (which provides room and board for retirees) and Isla Vista Youth Projects (low-income children’s preschool and after-school programs). In 2013, they received a combined total of more than 114,000 pounds of food, with a calculated value of nearly $200,000. Backyard Bounty provided a portion of that total.

Jamie Nichols, Foodbank’s director of operations and Brinton’s supervisor, does not have precise figures for Bounty donations from Goleta, but he labels them “significant.” He estimated that, considering seasonal variability, “local” sources provided around half of the produce and 20-40 percent of the bank’s total 16,700 pounds currently warehoused in the Page Center on Hollister. To him, local means from within the county.


S.B. County Foodbank

Foodbank at Goleta Valley Community Center.


Brinton, a native of South Carolina, said that the Backyard Bounty’s purpose is to channel healthy, surplus produce from private properties to the plates of the hungry through the nonprofits. Though he has no way of knowing if this food is organically grown, he figures it is probably pesticide free. There is “a good chance,” he said, the produce from “private donors has had less exposure to pesticides” than that from large, commercial farms. Donations from small organic farms, like Fairview Gardens and Ellwood Canyon Farms, are considered safe from pesticides, as well.

This system depends heavily on timely information and volunteer labor as well as the generosity of the home gardener. Brinton said that while he will send out pickers if the potential harvest is from three to five fruit trees, it is more efficient to have several backyards to pluck on the same trip. He hopes to develop a system of “neighborhood harvesters” with a designated “point person” to alert residents to Foodbank’s services and avoid wasting food.

Should you be interested in volunteering labor or offering your fruits and veggies to others, Brinton can be called at (805) 403-8327. He prefers calls between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. but is known to respond to voicemail outside those hours. In any case, he has set an ambitious course for the Backyard Bounty Program and welcomes inquiries.

Once a system of neighborhood harvesters is in place, he said he expects to have a supply network of donors stretching from West Goleta to Carpinteria. The goal, he added, is to provide “tens of thousands of pounds of fruit each month” to the Foodbank’s South County warehouse. Presently, Brinton is creating a donor database to move toward these objectives — with time out for emergency harvests.