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.
The Sound of Stars
May 22, 3 pm Location: The New Vic Theatre -
33 West Victoria Street
In this unique collaboration between the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Opera Santa Barbara and in celebration of the exhibition Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources, composer, pianist, Grammy nominee and Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie discusses the coming together of "The Starry Night," a song cycle inspired by the art of Vincent van Gogh with text taken from his letters and poetry by Anne Sexton and Emily Dickinson. Performed by mezzo soprano Erin Alford.
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, 5:30 pm – 7 pm Location: The Community Arts Workshop
Join the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at the CAW for a free art workshop exploring the connections between Henri
Matisse and his predecessor, Vincent van Gogh. Inspired by the current SBMA exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van
Gogh and His Sources, guests create mash-up masterpieces by cutting and collaging colorful paper and details of Van
Gogh’s brushstrokes into organic compositions that echo Matisse’s later work. Sip a glass of French wine and enjoy
this creative dialogue between two of the world’s most famous artists.
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
Art and Music: A Duet
April 21, 5:30 pm Location: Mary Craig Auditorium
SBMA's Parallel Stories partners with the Santa Barbara Symphony to explore the shared language of art and music with a special performance, inspired by the Museum’s exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources. This unique and intimate “conversation” between art forms is introduced by Nir Kabaretti, Music & Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, followed by a recital of music Van Gogh would have listened to and been influenced by, performed by the internationally acclaimed Silver-Garburg Piano Duo and paired with select images from the exhibition.
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.
Ensemble Theatre Co.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
1 – 2 and 3 – 4 pm
Location: Mary Craig Auditorium
Vincent is the critically lauded one-man play, written by Emmy-nominated actor Leonard Nimoy, that paints a
thoughtful, imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world, Vincent van Gogh. Based on
excerpts from the hundreds of letters exchanged between the artist and his brother Theo, this version of the
intimately scaled play features Charles Pasternak, award-winning actor and Designate Artistic Director of Santa Cruz
Shakespeare, in the dual roles of Vincent and Theo. A co-production of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Ensemble
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Art Meets Science: Pigments from Nature, Inspiration from Van Gogh
April 23, 11 am – 1:30 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
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. The flags will be flying from March 16th to April 6th. 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
6 Café Terrace Restaurants and 14 Specialty Shops for visitors to enjoy. At Gallery 113, peruse original paintings
inspired by Van Gogh and on March 5, enjoy sunflower face painting to show
some Van Gogh appreciation.
The Crafter's Library
Van Gogh Inspired Paint Night
March 6, 1 – 4 pm Location: The Crafter's Library
Join The Crafter’s Library to learn tips and techniques to create your very own impressionistic painting, inspired by
the SBMA exhibition. You can follow along with the instructor or create your own piece!
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
March 12, 19, 26, April 9, and 16, 12 – 3 pm Location: 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
March 12: Pamela Larsson-Toscher and Daniel Linz (SBMA docent)
March 19: Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Jo Merit
March 26: Mary Neville and Pamela Grau
April 9: Penny Arntz and Karen Zazon
April 16: Iben G. Vestergaard and Jan Ziegler
Sip & Paint, A Van Gogh Series
March 26, April 30, May 21, 1 – 3 pm Location: Paseo Nuevo
Experience Vincent Van Gogh’s artistic vision and painting style in this unique Sip & Paint A Van
Gogh class series in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s exhibit, “Through Vincent’s
Eyes”. Local artist and Paseo Nuevo’s Marketing Coordinator, Danielle Renée Art will be guiding a Sip &
Paint class series once a month during the length of the SBMA exhibit.
More Community Offerings
The Andersen’s Danish Bakery and Restaurant is offering specially decorated cookies in celebration of “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources” throughout the run of the exhibition.
Oppi’z Bistro and Natural Pizza is offering a 15% discount when presented proof of admission to “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources” during the run of the exhibition.
Eleven14 Sports Bar and Games
Mizza Artisan Pizza and Italian Cuisine and their sister restaurant Eleven14 Sports Bar and Games is featuring a specialty Starry Night cocktail to celebrate “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.” Available throughout the run of the exhibition.
Marcia Burtt Gallery
The Marcia Burtt Gallery is offering a copy of their Meg Torbert Catalog with proof of admission to “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.” Torbert's (1912-2011) floral paintings were directly influenced by Van Gogh. "My first love was Van Gogh. The Century of Progress World’s Fair was held in Chicago in 1933 and there was a large exhibition of his paintings there. The great humanity of his work attracted me, as well as his intense and moving use of color." -Torbert
Local Indonesian Restaurant, Sama Sama Kitchen is featuring a specialty cocktail inspired by “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.” Available during the run of the exhibition.
The Good Lion cocktail bar is featuring a specialty absinthe cocktail, "The Green Beast Boom" to celebrate “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.” Available during the run of the exhibition.