The River’s Journey Flows to Santa Barbara City Hall

Posted on Aug 4 by SEASONS Magazine

Paintings in the Wildling Museum show The River’s Journey: One Year, Six Artists, 92 Miles include work by (clockwise from top left): Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner, Connie Connally and Libby Smith. Courtesy of the Rose Compass.

Flowing from the Wilding Museum of Art and Nature comes The River’s Journey: Six Artists, Ninety-Two Miles to the Santa Barbara City Hall gallery beginning in August. The gallery, created with the intent to raise awareness about local watershed and water conservation opportunities, was made possible through a partnership between Rose Compass, the City of Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture (SBCOAC).

The Rose Compass is a group of six artists (Connie Connally, Nina Warner, Nicole Strasburg, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, and Pamela Zwhehl-Burke) who banded together through their affinity and love for gouache, an opaque watercolor medium. Like the compass rose, their works each point to their own point of views but ultimately converge on their love for the environment, specifically the watershed of the Santa Ynez River and their belief in the responsibility of the individual towards its well being.

Rose Compass artists (L-R): Nicole Strasburg, Connie Connally, Libby Smith, Holli Harmon, Pamela Zwehl-Burke and Nina Warner. After the exhibition ends in July, it will travel later in 2018 to Santa Barbara City Hall and Sullivan Goss Gallery. Photo by Monica Wiesblott.

The gallery’s free reception is scheduled during the first Thursday Art Walk on September 6 from 5-7 p.m. Highlighting initiatives such as WaterWise and the city’s new desalination plant, the gallery will also offer educational programming on water conservation on effective ways to reduce water consumption.

Libby Smith, Measuring Stick, Alder Creek. Courtesy of the Rose Compass.

The Santa Barbara City gallery is located at 123 E. Anapamu St. For more information, visit the Rose Compass’ website here or call 805/568-2461.

Samantha Lee


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