January 5th is 1st Thursday, an evening filled with FREE art, culture, music and fun, including more than 25 cultural art venues eager to show off exciting new exhibits, welcoming artist receptions, intriguing demonstrations and energetic live music.
PrAna at Santa Barbara Outfitters is starting the New Year off right as local artist and co-founder of Surfers Without Borders Aubrey Falk shows her latest artwork and offers a presentation from 6-6:30 p.m. All Toms shoes will be 10% off and with every purchase a donation is made to The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Head on over to the Faulkner Gallery Westat the Santa Barbara Public Library where self taught, native, folk artist Justine J. Tompkins will be exhibiting her creative and quirky artwork. Walk through La Arcada Court to Santa Barbara Arts where local, fiber artist Valerie McLean will be exhibiting a newly popular art form, perfect for the New Year. McLean uses felt in her work as she expresses that this material has made a transition from being purely utilitarian to an incredible art form.
Keep the New Year celebrations going strong as you continue over to Artamo Galleries to see Start With Art that will feature an overview of 20 artists represented by the gallery and check out Tony Ray’s Restaurant and Cantina where photographer, Eddie Rosales will be exhibiting his personal photographs manifested from the Day of the Dead celebrations along with offering a special print in an auction that will support the Diabetes Research Foundation.
Make your way over to the corner of State and Anapamu to check out Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) as they present the talents of these artistic and creative students. Carry on with your night and stop at the Marshall’s Patio to listen to the sounds of Carl & Bobby, a musical duo who takes songs to a different level with their Hawaiian, Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues and Country influences. End your first 1st Thursday of 2012 at Paseo Nuevo Center Court where Deanne Bunny will be performing her quirky Indie pop songs with dance, punk and folk influences.
For more information and a complete listing of the specific programming offered at each gallery as well as all public performances and interactive exhibits, go to www.santabarbaradowntown.com.