New Exhibits at SB Historical Museum

Posted on Apr 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Saddle on display at “In The Saddle.” Image courtesy of SB Historical Museum.

The long-standing Santa Barbara Historical Museum has recently undergone expansion. Acquiring this new room, the museum is now set to introduce spring exhibitions.

April 19 brings “In The Saddle” to the cultural institution. The exhibit showcases rustic western culture, from the likes of Will Rogers to Ronald Reagan. Vaquero culture is underscored within this event as a fascinating display of saddles by legendary makers such as Sherman Loomis, Edward H. Bohlin, J.M. Forbes and the Visalia Stock Saddle Company are on view. Above the saddles hang western art pieces from Nicholas Firfires and Edward Borein, accompanied by authentic attire and compelling stories of the cowboy way of life.

Santa Barbara Mission by Edwin Deakin. Image courtesy of SB Historical Museum.

May 4 sees “Missions In Watercolor” open within the SB Historical Museum. Documenting the California missions as they were falling into ruin, Edwin Deakin made it his mission to preserve on paper what was falling apart architecturally. His efforts, alongside other helping artists, had a profound impact on saving the buildings before they disappeared forever. Deakin visited each location, making watercolor sketches from which he later created two sets in oil. The treasured collection, previously thought to be lost, is now safe in public trust forever.

“California Vaquero” by Edward Borein. Image courtesy of SB Historical Museum.

May 19 marks a special date for the SB Historical Museum. For Edward Borein left a legacy of paintings and etchings that depicted the old West as he experienced it as a cowboy at the beginning of the 1900s. From these works, the museum has decided to expand in Borein’s honor. Borein helped organize the first Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade and the famed Rancheros Visitadores riding group. More than ten years in the planning, the new gallery showcases the best of his work and tells the extraordinary story of his life.

These spring exhibits will run for months, with the Borein gallery being a permanent addition. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De La Guerra St.) will soon make available tickets (VIP and general admission) for the opening of the Borein gallery. Further questions can be directed to 805/637-6783.

—Toby Qualls

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