Gallery Los Olivos Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

Posted on Oct 7 by SEASONS Magazine

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Taking charge of their own destiny 25 years ago, a handful of talented local artists opened Gallery Los Olivos (GLO, 2920 Grand Ave.) on Grand Avenue. Through some good old-fashioned hard work, these ambitious artists fostered this gallery to grow into the largest in Los Olivos, exhibiting works from over 45 artists from Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo and Ventura counties. The gallery’s diverse collection of oil, pastel, drawing, acrylics, watercolor, photography, jewelry, clay, woodturning and gourd art has been displayed in over 300 exhibitions and has attracted artists throughout the world for over two decades. 

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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the month of October will present a selection of work from all of their artists, aptly titled “Silver”: 25th Anniversary Exhibition. All the works of art in the show are also reflections of what the artist sees as “silver.”  The interpretations are as varied as the genres of art represented.  The richness of the work keeps patrons coming back for more. GLO has created it’s own momentum by offering high quality work at affordable prices.   

Twenty-five years ago, Los Olivos was a very different town than what it is today.  The impact the 2004 film Sideways had on the valley, and especially Los Olivos, was palpable.  Before that, the town was populated with many art galleries. Many had work from artists who were not local. The lack of a place to show the incredible work of local artists became a cause for a few stalwart souls. When the Grand Avenue space opened up, it was the catalyst for the artists to find a way to open a collective gallery space.  By bringing in the Santa Ynez Valley Art Association to take over the “Guild Room” in the Gallery for its members, GLO would finally make good fiscal sense. Vicki Andersen, Carol Simon and Peggy Fletcher are the only three of the original instigators who are still with GLO, but with a nearly 50-member-group, there’s never a lack of material to choose from. When the Grand Avenue space opened up, it was the catalyst for the artists to find a way to open a collective gallery space.  

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President Claudia Chapman says it all:  “Exceptional talent and artistic diversity have been the hallmarks of Gallery Los Olivos. That the Gallery has not only survived through tough economic times, but has grown and is downright robust is validation of those qualities’ pursuits. At a time when many galleries have gone under, our success is truly celebratory. The 25th Anniversary show in October will reflect the qualities for which the Board strives and promises to be stunning.”

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On Saturday, October 8, GLO will host an artists reception, inviting the community to come and meet the artists and enjoy local wines and appetizers. The town also invites folks young and old to experience what it’s like to spend a day in the country, Los Olivos Style. For its 38th year, “A Day in the Country” celebrates its quaint country town with an early morning family run (dogs included!), small-town parade, hundreds of local and regional crafters, artists and food purveyors, wine tastings and a tractor show! The town hops and pops from 10a.m.-4p.m. and GLO will jump in from 1 – 4 p.m.  Members will have easels set up in front of their gallery creating and enriching the day’s events.

—Danielle Hazlett

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