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.
Looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend your Memorial Day weekend? Want to bask in the warm, sunny spring weather while doing something the whole family can enjoy? You’re in luck! This weekend, come to I Madonnari, the Italian street painting festival happening from May 25–27 at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
Inspired by its sister festival Grazie di Curtatone in Italy, Santa Barbara was the first to bring I Madonnari to the western hemisphere, and this year marks its 27th anniversary. This romantic festival celebrates the 16th-century Italian tradition of Madonnari—or street painters—as they recreate the Mission plaza into a vibrant and colorful collage of 150 breathtaking images. Squares are often sponsored by businesses or used to celebrate a loved one, ranging from 4-by-6 feet to 12-by-12 feet. Square proceeds will benefit the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program that offers visual and performing arts workshops and performances to 50,000 children in over 100 schools in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
I Madonnari runs from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. all weekend and is free to attend. For an insider look at one of the festival’s street artists, check out our post here.
A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg
I took some time to stop and smell the rosés this week when Whole Foods Market wine specialist/buyer Mark Pfeiffer took me on walk through his wine garden of delights. (I know … it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!) Rosés are in full bloom these days, turning what used to be a warm weather seasonal go-to into a year-round favorite blend.
It’s been happening over the last three years, explains Pfeiffer. “We’re getting a lot more dry rosés and more people are experimenting with rosés. More sommeliers are really excited about the food pairings with high acid rosés and we’ve been fortunate to partner with some local producers who have been producing excellent quality roses for our One line of wine, which have been delightful as well.” Continue reading ‘Cocktail Corner: Rosés are in Bloom’
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’