The Santa Barbara City Hall Gallery installation is composing its final touches this week as they prepare for the opening reception of The River’s Journey Revisited.
Six local artists share their creations around one very big idea—our communal connection to and responsibility for our water resources. Initially joining together to experiment with the lesser-known medium of gouache (an opaque watercolor paint), the group—which includes Connie Connally, Holli Harmon, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Nina Warner and Pamela Zwehl-Burke—is united in a quest to use their art to inform the public about how the Santa Ynez River and the watershed functions and our individual responsibility to protect its viability.
Appearing at the gallery will be 64 small gouache paintings, half of which are new to the exhibition that was hosted by the Wildling Museum in Solvang earlier this year. There will also be other surprise components featured in this installation.
While the last elements of the pieces are polished for City Hall, the artists are also preparing for their two other venues that will follow (Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, October 4-December 2; and Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, January 10-June 22).
You may see The River’s Journey Revisited, hosted by Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, at the City Hall Gallery, 735 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara. The opening reception is 1st Thursday, September 6 from 5-7 p.m.
The work remains on view until March 30, 2019.