The Art Walk is the Funk Zone’s new quarterly event initiated to highlight the neighborhood’s vibrant artistic community. Roughly every eight weeks, over a dozen artist studios, galleries, and art-centric venues open their doors to the public from 5-8pm, making it the ideal day to casually experience the Funk Zone’s cultural offerings. At any given venue, visitors can expect events such as exhibition openings and artist receptions, insightful art lectures, live music and performances, pop-up artist booths, beer and wine tastings, and various other interactive activities. The event is free to the public and welcomes all age groups.
Below is a list of this coming Art Walk’s September 18th happenings:
Arts Fund Gallery: Feast Your Eyes! 2015, a community art exhibition and fundraiser featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, and assemblage from over 200 emerging and established Santa Barbara County artists.
Gallerie Silo: Opening reception for Works on Paper, a collection of charcoal, pencil, pastel, oil paint and ink sketches and doodles journaling artist Michael Armour’s growth over the past few years.
GraySpace: Pleased to join Santa Barbra’s Funk Zone Arts District this summer, Grayspace presents its inaugural abstract art show, 3 Melodies. The show features works by Charlene Broudy who finds inspiration in the vibrant colors of Costa Rica, new works by Carolyn Fox featuring luxuriously wide flowing lines suggesting rock, water, sand and sky, and Steven Gilbar, a self-taught artist who experiments with mixed media and collage on paper and canvas, drawing from this histories of both mediums.
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara – MCASB Satellite: Magic Mountain exhibition featuring artists Zachary Cahill, Alyse Emdur, Chris Johanson, Boris Mikhailov, Yunhee Min, Shana Moulton, John Newling, Johan Rosenmunthe, Truong Cong Tung, and Hannah Vainstein. Art works explore the curative properties of nature, and investigate the inspiration for quests and obsessions, and the truths, mysteries, antidotes, and rabbit holes that arise along the way. The artists’ works bring to light the mythologies and marketplace of natural cures—spiritual, physical, and psychological—at a time when humankind’s relationship to the environment is rapidly changing.
Koplin/Levin Studio: Open studio featuring large monotypes and small drawings by Philip Koplin, in which he attends primarily to surface and texture, as well as to the gestural evocation of hazily imagined creatures of unspecifiable origin. Dan Levin specializes in the abrupt conjunction of repurposed materials to form objects whose delight comes from their combination of visual surprise and recognition. The environment of the studio, filled with the cultural and material remains from which the artists derive their inspiration, provides a rich context for appreciating their work.
MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery: Opening reception for Mood Swing, a group exhibition featuring three local contemporary artists. Tom Post’s large abstract canvases verge on the edge of narration with their dramatic movement and form. Many of Iben G. Vestergaard’s silicate paintings imply and fragment figures and faces, while others remain ethereal and non-objective. Rosemarie C. Gebhart’s luminous abstract viscocity monotypes move from bright, joyful palettes to a darker, nocturne-like feel. Each of the artists’ work evokes a unique emotional response from the viewer.
Seven Bar & Kitchen: Vibrant and energetic artwork by local singer, contemporary painter and performance artist extraordinaire Stuart Carey, whose jazz band X-Tet performs at Seven every other Thursday.
Studio 121: Open studio showing new works of three artists featuring large scale abstract paintings by local educator Mike Irwin, contemporary abstract still life paintings by Jeanne Dentzel, and printmaking, assemblage and conceptual riddles in his numerous works on paper by local educator and arts activist Dug Uyesaka.
Wall Space Gallery: Current exhibition Surveying the Landscape: Contemporary Korean Photography showcasing the work of three South Korean artists, Jeonglok Lee, Won-Chul Lee and Sungseok Ahn. Navigating a cultural and emotional landscape foreign to us in the United States, these artists are all looking at the divide between present and past, of country and individual, of what could be, what is and what was. Each of the artists’ unique vision and connection to their heritage combines to give us a sense of the cultural shift from their collective history to individual desire and experience.
*The official Art Walk map and event listing can be found online at FunkZone.net. Copies will also be on hand at participating venues. For more information about the Art Walk, please contact Camille Dupuis at wall space gallery at 805.637.3898, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org