Love is Sparkling at CAF

Posted on Feb 5 by SEASONS Magazine

Venus, the planet of love, is sparkling this February! And since Venus is the planet closest to Earth, we’re feeling a little bit of its twinkling glow at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF)! Whether you’re holding hands with your valentine or flying solo, swing by CAF’s 16th Annual Valentine’s Day BenefitSparkle, on Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m.

Sparkle event poster

Sparkle event poster, courtesy of CAF

Celebrating a season of romance and grace, Sparkle begins when the lights get low. The evening boasts a raffle, including items of sensual delight: delectable wines, jewelry and striking artwork. Spend the evening dancing to a live DJ or snapping photos in the photo booth. Hearken back to your elementary school days and open up your creative side. You’re encouraged to engage in Valentine art making, truly expressing your feelings of love, romance, relationships, freedom… whatever your heart desires.

This party is always fabulous, plus it’s a great way to celebrate the season and the wonderful work shown at the nonprofit contemporary gallery atop Paseo Nuevo.

Current happenings at CAF include the exhibition A Handful of Dust, featuring Mark Hagen, Jay Heikes, Matt Hoyt, Erin Shirreff, Ricky Swallow, Zin Taylor and Allyson Vieira. Curated by Laura Fried, the exhibition incorporates sculptures that evoke archaic artifacts, exploring the connection between utility and art and the innate desire for humans to create.

Limuw: An Ode to the Sea is a newly opened exhibit at CAF’s satellite location, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, and continues until we ring in 2014! Praising the sea and pointing to our stirring relationship with this natural element, the exhibit features artists Miya Ando, Jules de Balincourt, Graham Caldwell, Zoe Crosher, Bill Dewey, Kim Fisher, Kimberly Hahn, Emilie Halpern, Mary Heebner, Virginia McCracken and Raymond Saá.

CAF’s Bloom Projects features Molly Smith‘s exhibit Root, on view through Sunday, March 24. Bloom Projects dedicates a space to the artist process—a space in which the artist can experiment and subsequently benefit from public interaction or interpretation. A response to her visitor’s experience of Santa Barbara, Smith incorporates natural matter and found refuse that she collected while exploring the city.

For more information about CAF, or  to purchase fundraiser tickets, call 805/966-5373 or visit its website!

-Grace Piro Delia

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