Escape today’s heat by waiting to browse downtown until tonight, when the fun really begins at this month’s 1st Thursday in downtown Santa Barbara. With live entertainment and more than 35 venues showing off their latest art exhibits, the evening boasts an impressive variety of attractions for locals of all ages and leisure preferences.
This Summer Solstice edition of 1st Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., includes Kay Henry’s exhibit opening of A Summer Song—which showcases the anticipation of summer in her florals, still lifes, and country scenes—at Divine Inspiration Gallery; The Project Fine Art Zone‘s highlights of the coming heat-filled months with Yellow, Yellow, Yellow to celebrate their one-year anniversary; and multi-media artist and professor Laurel Beckman‘s presentation of unique video animations during her solo exhibition at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum of UCSB.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art delights with an original performance at 5 p.m. and a summer screening of American Grafitti at 8 p.m., while master solstice parade float artist Pali-X-Mano launches the Summer Solstice celebration at Ambassador Gallery. At the Faulkner Gallery, the Santa Barbara Art Association commemorates their 60th anniversary.
Caricature artist Entera will amuse participants with four-minute cartoon portraits on the corner of Anapamu and State Streets, and Temp Air Tattoos will satisfy any cravings for fun body art as they roam around Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Other revelry includes The Art Crawl through 1st Thursday activities, a performance by singer, songwriter and guitarist David Courtenay, and lively rock and roll music by Fiddlin’ Dave and the Arroyo Boyz with Gurl.
For more information about 1st Thursday and a listing of all of the evening’s festivities, visit www.santabarbaradowntown.com.
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