Visit downtown Santa Barbara this Thursday, March 1st for 1st Thursday! The evening will be filled with free art, culture, music and fun. With more than 35 cultural art venues there will be something to interest everyone. Begin the evening at Sullivan Goss– An American Gallery to view Search for the Source with paintings of the Nile and Beyond by Lockwood de Forest. At The Book Den an evening of Irish travel and music will fill the room as Russ Doherty signs discusses his book, The Quiet Man Fiddles: Musical Journeys in Ireland. Continue to the Channing Peake Gallery for an artist walk-thru tour of Threshold, which focuses on the beauty of light flowing through water in the Trinity River of Northern California. At The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969 will take you through the works of local artists from Southern California alongside the work of influential modern contemporary artists from other parts of the United States and Europe. At La Arcada, Encanto will display a special trunk show featuring hand blocked textiles from India, Turkey, and Morroco. At the Jane Deering Gallery, Gina Wefel’s large abstractions are rooted in her painterly images of landscapes in California, Italy and France. At Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, New York based artist, Sarah Paul Ocampo spotlights her performance Happy Foot, Sad Foot. Finish the evening off at Brooks Institute Gallery 27 where photographer Nick Brandt presents his exhibitOn This Earth, A Shadow Falls. With many other extraordinary exhibits and performances be sure to attend this Thursday. For more information and for a complete listing of specific programming offered, visit www.santabarbaradowntown.com .