events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house

Third Thursday Studio: The Lavender Scavenger

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Thursday, February 18, 2016 Join us every third thursday of the month to explore techniques and themes of contemporary artinspired by selected artworks in the exhibitions through hands-on experimentation in a fun social setting.


Materials provided, artistic talent optional, open mind encouraged.


Featured Artwork: Tam Van Tran, The Lavender Scavenger



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Photo: Tam Van Tran, The Lavender Scavenger, 2014
. Courtesy: MCASB

Temporary/Contemporary by Weslie Ching

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Sunday, February 21, 2016

 Santa Barbara-based artist Weslie Ching presents a site-specific dance work as part of the exhibition Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations at MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo. The piece unfolds in various areas of the hotel—a setting, similar to that of a train station, airport, office building, and museum, in which people who have no relationship to each other, other than their temporary location, are together. Ching’s performance explores the sense of anonymity, rootlessness, restlessness, time dilation or contraction, and identity shifting an individual can experience in transitional environments

Admission is Free.

Location: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara: 121 State Street

Photo: Weslie Ching, You, or Someone Like You, Performance, Courtesy MCASB

31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 13, 2016

 The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 2016. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 60+ countries, 52 world premieres and 53 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

SBIFF 2016 will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the US Premiere of THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy and Benicio Del Toro. THE LITTLE PRINCE is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Passes and film tickets are available for purchase. 

More information can be located on the website listed below.

Photo courtesy: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations

Friday, February 20, 2015 - Friday, February 20, 2015  
Please join us at MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara for the opening reception of Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 6 - 8 pm.

Shift, Stretch, Expand:
 Everyday Transformations is a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence.

Featured Artists:
  Phil Argent, Weslie Ching, Petra Cortright, George Legrady, Kyra Lehman, Rebekah Miles, Maria Rendón, Stephanie Washburn, and Russell Young

Free Admission

Credit: Weslie Ching, We Are Made Of Stars, 2015, Performance, Courtesy the Artist. Photo: Arna Bajraktarevic. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

MCASB Presents: Michael Delucia: "Bloom Projects"

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Sunday, February 21, 2016
Come join MCASB and check out Michael Delucia's "Bloom Projects" exhibition titled, Appearance Preserving Simplification. 

Michael DeLucia (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses sculpture and installation to suggest a conflict between the digital and physical realms, underscoring a growing tension between the abstract and the real.  At the core of DeLucia’s artistic practice is humanity’s changing phenomenological and spatial relationship to 3D experiences, particularly in regard to increased mediation by digital references and territories. “I wonder about the condition of sculpture in the technological age,” comments DeLucia, who observes that “today we work on the computer, which is an abstract and spatially fragmented place, and 99% of people will only see an exhibition on-line.”


DeLucia blurs typical associations of digital and physical realms by “sculpting” via online tools and by allowing a computer to create the physical carving.  He begins his process by selecting stock models from online software catalogs (think: clip art or digital ready-mades), typically sourced by architects and animation/video game artists to develop 3D modeling.  He manipulates the images by stretching and compressing them; then programs them into a computer-controlled router (CNC) that carves the impressions into formica and plywood sheets.


For MCASB’s next Bloom Projects, DeLucia will convert the gallery and reception area into a corporate-styled waiting area, using faux versions of luxurious architectural materials. Using elements from virtual environments of CAD workspaces, video games, and CGI films, DeLucia applies these references to the physical space at MCASB to highlight the disparity between the illusion of screen-based media and the reality of 3D space. The artist will project virtual objects onto the room, cutting the objects’ impressions into physical surfaces with a CNC router. The flawless precision of the machined surfaces will allow for a seamless illusion, and the result will be an uncanny and generic environment that lacks specificity in its form.  The room’s contents (ie. chairs, desk, fish tank, coffee table, magazines, etc.) will be carved into the medium, revealing a true materiality that is often concealed. The work will materialize as a fragmented space where mundane objects have left ghostly remains as they have entered a more abstracted reality. This work is newly commissioned by MCASB.

Exhibition on view from:
 November 15, 2015- February 21, 2016


Photo Caption:
 Michael DeLucia, Exhibtion view, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, 2014, Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia. Photo: WE DOCUMENT ART

MCASB Presents: Tam Van Tran: Aikido Dream

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Sunday, February 21, 2016  
Come join MCASB in welcoming Tam Van Tran's exhibition titled, Aikido Dream.

Since the early 1990s, Tam Van Tran has been producing an impressive body of work comprising abstract paintings, mixed-media collages, ceramic tiles, and sculpture. By mixing traditional art materials such as linen and acrylic with unconventionally applied organic substances (including spirulina, chlorophyll, wood, staples, and aluminum foil), Tran creates colorful and highly textural works that formally and thematically syncretize Eastern and Western influences. Tran’s intricate techniques extend the field of painting while incorporating imagery and materials laden with references to his native Vietnam, his adopted home of Los Angeles, spiritual concepts, and myriad other cultural references.

Tran’s solo exhibition at MCASB, titled Aikido Dream, which features a selection of approximately twenty works from the 2000s to the present, serves as a vehicle for understanding the nature of the artistic process rather than presenting a chronological or mid-career retrospective. Aikido, often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or "the way of harmonious spirit," represents a synthesis of physical and philosophical beliefs.  Aikido Dream also reflects Tran’s interest in meditation, our environment, and his belief in intuition and transience, realms in which nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. This exhibition offers a nuanced platform to understand his artistic trajectory, providing a framework that fosters an investigation of his long-standing, iterative interests in religious thought (particularly the Buddhist idea of non-duality) and pop culture, as well as natural processes and transitions. In this spirit of ethnic and processual diversity, even Tran’s titles are delightfully unexpected cultural fusions, evoking both indie song phrases and meditative koans.

Photo Caption: Tam Van Tran, Aikido Dream II, 2015, Acrylic and marker on canvas, 84" H x 79" W x 1.5" D, Courtesy the Artist and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Nihonmachi Revisited

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Head to the historic El Presidio de Santa Barbara site to experience not only the Spanish history of Santa Barbara, but Asian American as well. This insightful exhibition highlights our historic Nihonmachi (Japan Town) with a collection of obscure photographs and accounts of daily life from local residents and families as well as fragments of elegant, Japanese ceramics excavated on site.

The museum is open daily from 10:30am–4:30pm at 123 E. Canon Perdido Street in downtown Santa Barbara. For more info please call 805-965-0093 or visit their website.

Japanese Imari plate, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Archaeology collection,. Photo by Anne Petersen.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films. 


Beachside Art Walk

Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Blvd., just east of Stearns Whart. About 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.