Saturday, November 15, 12 – 5 pm
A bit of concrete, wood, and clever design from the Pacific Northwest defines Maple + Mauve as a boutique jewelry studio, created by Sera Young in 2012. With a background in Interior Design, Young pulls much of her inspiration from architecture near and far. She stays curious by taking walks around Seattle's quirky Fremont neighborhood, which is home to Maple + Mauve. Young takes this opportunity to introduce her new line of handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramics.
Thursday, November 20, 5:30 pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures, noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domestic animals. Morell is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Blue Nile, and co-author, with Richard Leakey, of Wildlife Wars. She is also a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian magazines and other publications.
A book signing follows the lecture.
Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members and teachers and students / $10 Non-Members / $6 Seniors
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net.
Wednesday, December 3, 5 – 8 pm
Local author Erin Graffy promotes her most recent publication Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art, with her other books also available.
Images: Jack Spencer, Water Dogs, 1997. Gelatin silver print, ed. 14/15. SBMA, Gift of Arthur B. Steinman. Yuichi Hibi, Hibi’s Me-chan, 1993 (printed 2008). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/15. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Lorna Hedges
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 7:30 pm
Gather on the Museum's Front Steps and watch a curated collection of looped cat and dog videos—from six-second videos to short films and everything in between—curated by SBMA Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer and UCSB Professor of Critical Theory and Integrated Studies Colin Gardner. Then cast your vote (Cat vs. Dog) on slips of paper, and see who wins during 1st Thursday!
Museum Front Steps
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 – 7 pm
This dynamic a capella group returns to SBMA! The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.
Ludington Court/Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Right: Jean-baptist-camille Corot, Les Glacis d’un Chateau-Fort en ruine (or La Freté-Milon), 1885-1865. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Gift of the A.E. Clegg Family.
Saturday, December 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Explore nature’s art forms using acrylic paint and printing inks. We’ve all looked up through leafy trees to discover intricate light patterns formed by foliage. December is the month for the “sky windows” that are framed by the nearly bare branches of the season. Capturing the interplay of natural botanical shapes against colorful backgrounds is the focus of this Adult Studio Class. Works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art provide illustrations of how various artists integrate the positive shapes (foliage) with the negative space around it to create depth, visual interest, and bold design. Use different techniques to design leafy patterns, branch borders, and sky windows, and explore color and texture, expressive line, repetition of shape, negative space, and the transition from realism to abstraction.
Facilitators: Joni Chancer & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artists
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House
Saturday , December 6, 12 –5 pm
Calligrapher Suemae Willhite demonstrates the art of brush painting, also called Japanese Sumi-e painting. Her greeting cards and porcelains reflect her wide range of subjects and compositions and include Chinese impressionism and abstract images. Come experience her unique style — a fusion of East meets West.
Saturday, December 13, 9 am – 3 pm
Ages 5 – 12
This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the Museum’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments, and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. Workshop size is limited to 30 children grouped by age.
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
Saturday , December 13, 12 – 5 pm
Caron Miller’s wearable art and fashionable accessories fit every style and size. Her beautifully handcrafted products are made in Santa Barbara with travel, fashion, and function in mind. Come meet Caron and Bootsie (Caron's Chichuahua/Terrier mix) and try on something that makes you feel “beautimous” (Caron’s word for fabulous, gorgeous, and divinely beautiful!)