"Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources" Community Partners
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), "Roses," 1890. Oil on canvas, 27 15/16 × 35 7/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, gift of Pamela Harriman in memory of W. Averell Harriman
In conjunction with the exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources, on view at and organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, please enjoy a variety of performances, activities, and visuals occurring throughout the community with the participation of the following partner organizations. Taking cues from themes in the SBMA exhibition and serving art lovers of every age, the community partners across the Santa Barbara community will immerse visitors in the visual imagination of one of the most idolized artists in the world.
Van Gogh Family Workshop
February 27, 10 am – 12 pm, 1 – 3 pm Location: Lotusland
The whole family is invited to sketch and paint in the open air on the beautiful grounds of Ganna Walska Lotusland, inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.
Van Gogh Adult Workshop
March 5, 1 – 4 pm Location: Lotusland
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Teaching Artists and Loutusland guides will accompany and instruct participants in plein
air painting in the beautiful gardens. Artists of all levels are invited to paint in the garden under the heady
double influence of Lotusland and Van Gogh.
MCASB Collectors' Series: Vincent Van Gogh's Influence on Collecting Contemporary Art
Thursday, March 3, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara's 'Collectors' Series' brings together experts in the field of contemporary
art and beyond to examine trends and movements within the realm of art collection. Through conversations with
artists, patrons, curators, and galleries this series aims to make sense of the 'art market' and how it pertains to
the support of artistic production.
Opera Santa Barbara
Thursday, March 3, 5:30 pm
Additional dates TBD
Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Opera Santa Barbara is presenting two works inspired by the exhibition in a special Pop-Up Opera: The Starry
Night by Jake Heggie with texts from Anne Sexton, Van Gogh, and Emily Dickinson; and Dear Theo by
Ben Moore which are based on letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Van Gogh Virtual Reality Experience
Saturdays, March 5 – May 21
1 – 5 pm Location: Onsite at MOXI
Step into the vivid colors of Van Gogh’s palette and explore worlds featured in his paintings with MOXI’s virtual
reality (VR) experience, “The Night Cafe.” Included with general admission to MOXI, the immersive VR environment
allows users to explore the world of Vincent Van Gogh in 3D.
Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative
March 10, 2022
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative is presenting an immersive and interactive experience to inspire through the
influences of Van Gogh.
Ensemble Theater Co.
Date and Time: TBD
Vincent is the critically lauded one-man play, written by Emmy-nominated actor Leonard Nimoy, that movingly reveals Vincent van Gogh as few knew him. Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist's life and death as seen through his brother's eyes. Theo recollects these letters and speaks about him to a gathering of peers. This version of Vincent co-produced by The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ensemble Theatre Company will be presented as a reading with a multimedia experience displaying Van Gogh’s works through projection as Theo talks about them, allowing you to view these paintings and drawings while listening to their fascinating backstories. This production, presented at the museum, is bound to pique your curiosity about one of the world’s most renowned artists and offer a brand new perspective on his works.
Santa Barbara Symphony
Sonic Boom and Romance in a New Key
March 19, 7:30 pm & March 20, 3 pm Location: The Granada Theatre
Featuring guest artist Cameron Carpenter, the Santa Barbara Symphony is performing “Sonic Boom,” a performance of
two works from the era of Van Gogh, Poulenc's “Concerto for Organ,” and Saint-Saens' "Romance in a New Key" famous
Romance in a New Key
April 23, 7:30 pm & April 24, 3 pm Location: The Granada Theatre
The Santa Barbara Symphony is also presenting "Romance in a New Key," featuring guest artists, the Silver/Garburg
piano duo performing an interpretation of a piano concerto (for 4 hands) by Schumann and interpreted by Brahms,
which was originally written in Van Gogh's time.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Art Meets Science: Pigments from Nature, Inspiration from Van Gogh
April 23, 11 am – 1 pm Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will present Art Meets Science: Pigments from Nature, Inspiration from Van Gogh, with participants exploring the colorful world of natural pigments used by artists for centuries and learning the process of natural dyeing and the art of shibori textile folding techniques from a local fiber artist.
Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture
Ongoing, February 27, 2022 – May 22, 2022 Location: State Street
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is presenting larger-than-life sunflower sculptures on State
Street inspired by Van Gogh’s well-known sunflowers series. The six sculptures will be custom-crafted by Santa
Barbara artists and artisans and customized by local students. The sunflowers will be viewable during the run of the
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19 Location: 1000 Block, State Street
The Downtown Organization is hosting artists for painting Van Gogh inspired pieces en plein air at the 1000 block of
State Street. See an artist at work every Thursday during the Promenade Market throughout the run of the exhibition.
Additionally, as part of the State Street Flag Program, the Downtown Organization is excited to facilitate the flying of the Van Gogh flags as part of this exhibition. As you are enjoying everything this exhibition is offering, make sure to look up!
January 28 – April 1, 10 am – 5:30 pm daily Location: Sullivan Goss Gallery
Sullivan Goss is presenting En France Encore, an exhibition from the estate of Leon Dabo, a french-born
American artist who became well known before the First World War as a Tonalist painter. After his time spent in
Europe as an intelligence officer for France during the war, his work took a dramatic turn towards
post-impressionism with pieces that show the obvious influence of Van Gogh's work.
Location: La Arcada Plaza, next door to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
La Arcada is celebrating the exhibition with Van Gogh-inspired décor and offerings throughout the plaza including
shop items and specialty drinks and entrees. On March 5, enjoy sunflower face painting to show
some Van Gogh appreciation.
La Cumbre Center for Creative Arts
Inspired by Van Gogh
March 7 - April 3, 2022
La Cumbre Center for Creative Arts is introducing “Inspired by Van Gogh,” a one-month juried art show featuring
art by local artists. Each selected artist displayed will give gallery visitors
insight into how Van Gogh continues to inspire artists. All work will be available for purchase.
Mid-February to the beginning of May
LCCCA is hosting a student program to engage young artists in learning about Van Gogh’s style and influences
including a judged competition to highlight the outstanding works created during the program.
February and April
LCCCA is sponsoring lectures by outside speakers regarding Van Gogh, his life, and his art.
El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel
Location: El Encanto
Guests can purchase a special Van Gogh Hotel Package when booking their room that includes a VIP ticket to the
exhibition, as well as special in-room amenities such as a sunflower bouquet.
Once a month during the exhibition, El Encanto is opening their infamous
ocean-facing terrace after hours where guests will be invited to sip on a themed cocktail under the stars
while enjoying a special speaker series, poetry readings, or music inspired by Van Gogh's art.
Also, enjoy an outdoor art class on the property inspired by Van Gogh's work. To top off the experience, El
Encanto will partner with local artists and participants can enjoy a glass of wine while they paint.
10 West Gallery
10 West Gallery is hosting artists as they paint live from a vibrant bouquet of flowers inspired by Van Gogh’s
well-known floral works. When the paintings are finished, they will be available for purchase online or at the gallery as they