What better way is there to begin summer than with free art in downtown Santa Barbara? Featuring three dozen different types of exhibits scattered all over the downtown, there will be something fun for everyone.
The Agreeables will be playing at Paseo Nuevo Center Court – they’re a local indie-rock band. They’ve invited other local musicians to join in and sing-a-long. Bring a hoola hoop! Next are the folk/rock/country/blues stylings of Dustin Janson, on Marshalls Patio (900 State St.). He’s a guy with a guitar, just right for a summer’s musical evening. Or for “hands-on” entertainment, Casa Dolores invites everyone to the Museum of Art corner (State & Anapamu Streets) to make La Loteria cards! They’ll bring the supplies.
Christ Presbyterian Church (36 E. Victoria St.) presents “Work: Curse or Calling,” an exhibit that invites artists to picture their work. In the meantime, several live jazz musicians will be playing in the background. Koolaburra, LLC (1220 State St., 2nd floor) is a Santa Barbara-based international women’s footwear showroom – and only one flight of stairs up to get a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter 2014 line! Then, stop by Vita Travel (12 W. Anapamu St.) for travel photography and Santa Barbara Travel Bureau (1028 State St.) for a presentation by Micato Safaris – the “World’s Best Safari Outfitter.”
Channing Peake Gallery (in the County Administration Building at 105 Anapamu St.) asks the question: What would Barry Do (WWBD)? Young artists respond in their own unique way to Barry’s art from the original Barry Berkus Collection with an appearance from DJ Darla Bee. Head to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. de la Guerra St.) for an evening of “Pop-up Solstice,” showcasing a selection of posters from the festival’s 40-year history. The artists of SlingShot at Alpha Art Forum will celebrate the gallery’s first anniversary at the Union Bank Community Partners Center (15 E. Carrillo St.) – where you’ll find artwork that is uninfluenced and full of raw creativity.
The evening continues with 1st Thursday: After Hours (7:30-9:30 p.m.) – join the The New Vic (33 W. Victoria) to enjoy the music of local musician Jamie Green, a two-time L.A. Music Award-winning singer-songwriter. Marquee Events will be there with a no-host bar, Ian Cutler of Cutler’s Artisan Spirits will pour tastings of his local artisan spirits and Brasil Arts Café will serve traditional Brazilian nibbles (1230 State St.). Please note: 1st Thursday: After Hours will take a short hiatus for July and August – please plan to join the Historic Theatre District and Downtown Santa Barbara for 1st Thursday: After Hours once again in September.
Don’t forget, everything is free. This 1st Thursday is on June 5. For more information, call 908/962-2098 ext. 22