As always, there are LOTS of cool things to check out for tomorrow night’s First Thursday. High on our list is a very creative exhibition from Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection, at Channing Peake Gallery ( 1st floor of the Santa Barbara County Administration Bldg., 105 E. Anapamu St., open M-F 8a.m.-5 p.m. ).
A community of curators from all walks of local life selected their favorite pieces from the extensive Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, in memory of Gail Berkus, and it is these selections that are on view.
“I hope that viewers to the exhibition come away with the realization that liking and choosing art is not an activity limited to a few special people; that each of us makes choices each day; we all respond to different colors, images, and mediums. Many do this without a background in art history or curating. They have taught themselves over a lifetime to look at art critically and to appreciate it,” says Rita Ferri, who organized the exhibit and is Curator of Collections for the County of Santa Barbara.
Definitely worth checking out.
As a side note, an essay by Seasons Magazine contributor Joe Woodard (see his story on artist Keith Puccinelli in our fall issue) appears in the color catalog which was designed by The Lily Guild Temple of Design. It is available from the County Arts Commission at www.sbartscommission.org or by calling 8-5/568-3990.