Our spring issue is here, with the eco-friendly Coyote House featured, as well as look into the Hollister Ranch grass-fed beef operation, a salute to National Public Gardens Day, a nonprofit focus on The Arts Fund Gallery, a visit to Seein’ Spots Farm, the French Invasion of new restaurants and much more. We’ve also got an up-to-date calendar jam-packed full of other fun events and activities for May and June, along with daily blogs on fun things to see, do and learn about this beautiful place we call home.
May 25–27; Saturday 2–6 p.m., Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. S.C.A.P.E./Phoenix of Santa Barbara’s Art Along the Creek
More than 200 works of art will be displayed by nearly 100 members of S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment). A portion of the proceeds from each sale benefits the creek restoration project of Phoenix House, a nonprofit residential mental health treatment agency.
May 25, 3–5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series: Steve Gliessman
Come enjoy wine, cheese and a lecture by Steve Gliessman entitled “Bracken, Fennel, & Calochortus: What Santa Cruz Island Taught Me About How Nature Works” at the beautiful Botanic Gardens!
May 25, 8 p.m. Bryan Bowers
Known to many as the man who brought the autoharp into the music world, Bryan Bowers is a legend on this unusual instrument.
May 25–27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.Children’s Creative Project’s i Madonnari
The 17th-century Italian tradition of street painting comes to Santa Barbara every Memorial Day weekend courtesy of Children’s Creative Project. Four hundred street artists create 200 large-scale works at Mission Plaza to the delight of the 25,000 annual visitors expected. Food and entertainment add to the pleasure, as does the fact that proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education office, serving 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances.
Five exhibitions, one night, one block. The Funk Zone—centered on Yanonali Street between State and Santa Barbara Streets and continuing on toward the ocean—is home to The Arts Fund Gallery, MichaelKate Interiors, Wall Space Gallery, Gone Gallery and Green House Studios, which are all showcasing new and contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Continue reading ‘Five Openings, One Night in the Funk Zone’
Here is your chance to get inside the charming “little green house” artist studio we featured in our Funk Zone video for the spring issue of Santa Barbara SEASONS. Join artists Donna Asycough, Liz Brady, Erika Carter, Theresa Carter, Ashley Dart, Lloyd Dallett, Mallory Emrich, Carter Hallman, Philip Koplin, Karen Kowalski, Dan Levin, Hugh Margerum, Virginia McCracken, Lisa Pedersen, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Susan Tibbles and Dug Uyesaka for what’s sure to be a fun evening in the Funk Zone on Friday, May 24 from 5–8 p.m. at Green House Studios, 136 E. Yanonali St. Continue reading ‘Enjoy Art, Music and Wine at Green House Studios’
That enticing aroma floating up State St. isn’t just your imagination—Panera Bread has entered the downtown Santa Barbara scene, bringing warm loaves, tasty meals and philanthropy to the thoroughfare. Continue reading ‘Panera Bread Puts Down Roots—On State St. and in the Community’
Last week, I got a preview of MichaelKate’s new exhibit featuring Santa Barbara-based artists John Carlander and Thomas Van Stein, along with Norman Lundin from Seattle and Hilary Baker from Los Angeles. Continue reading ‘Bright Lines and the Void Opens Friday at MichaelKate in the Funk Zone’
With this endowment, the Chrismans will fund a permanent Executive Directorship for The Granada, making it possible for the SBCPA to not only ensure the best leadership possible for the theatre but to also strengthen partnerships within the local performing arts community.
Sarah has been the SBCPA’s board president since 2009 and, as a founding board member, has served the organization in various roles for more than a decade. She also has a place on the Board of Opera Santa Barbara, and works as the chief financial officer of the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation, an L.A.-based nonprofit. Roger, who has served as director and commodore of Santa Barbara Yacht Club, also worked for several years as treasurer of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, where he still serves as a director. Both he and Sarah are the sole trustees of the Schlinger Chrisman Foundation.
“Sarah and Roger are both true visionaries,” says Kristi Newton, director of development for The Granada, in a written statement. “Their gift will help ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality of The Granada Theatre for the benefit of current and future generations.”
In addition to their million-dollar donation, the Chrismans have also helped acquire the Granada’s new Digital Cinema. This state-of-the-art digital projection system and 4K film experience is the first of its kind on California’s Central Coast, and will begin programming in the fall. Thanks to Sarah and Roger Chrisman, The Granada Theatre’s reputation as a centerpiece of Santa Barbara’s lively performing arts community will continue to flourish in the coming years.