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The Autry Museum of the West

October 16 (2nd Wednesday)

4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Register Now Button
Heather James Fine Art Gallery, Montecito

November 6 (Wednesday)

1298 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 
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Fall Tours 2019


The Autry Museum of the West

Fall 2019 Autry Museum of the West

Join us to discover the art, history and cultures of the American West. Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the museum features world-class galleries filled with paintings, film memorabilia, Native American Art, and more! It was also voted “Favorite Museum” 2014-2018 by Los Angeles Daily News readers. Our Santa Barbara Airbus will leave from the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Art Center at 8:30 am on Wednesday October 16, to arrive for a docent-led tour, time to stroll galleries independently, and grab lunch (cost not included) in the Crossroads West Cafe. Return time to Carpinteria will be about 3:30 or 4:00 PM.

Date: October 16 (*2nd Wednesday)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Price: Non-members $60/Members $55

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Heather James Fine Art Gallery, Montecito

Fall 2019 Heather James

Heather James Fine Art presents a rare look into art history’s past and present, offering important works from a cross-section of periods, movements, and genres including Post-War, Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern, American, Latin American, and Old Masters. Each year, its galleries present an array of museum-quality exhibitions exploring historical and contemporary themes, or examining the work of individual influential artists.

Date: November 6 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Price: Non-members $11/Members $10

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Summer Tours 2019


Community Arts Workshop (CAW)

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The Community Arts Workshop provides affordable workspace in Santa Barbara where artists, performers, and students can inspire and be inspired. Casey Caldwell, Managing Director, will explain the ins and outs of CAW and the artists who create here. And, we will get a sneak peak of the Solstice floats in process! A not to be missed one-time opportunity!

Date: June 5 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Price: Members $10/Non-members $11

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Fishbon

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Fishbon is a non profit art incubator that brings together artists, engineers, designers, and creators to collaborate on projects that explore the imagination and expand the creative repertoire. The Pescadrome, a sanctuary of experiential irreverence, is a 3-story warehouse with a workshop, art resources, and rent space where creations can be born and mischief can be nurtured. Join us for a spontaneous conversation with resident artist and directors. No visit to Fishbon is every the same!

Date: July 10 (* 2nd Wednesday)
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm Fishbon
Price: Members $10/Non-members $11

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Steve Handelman Studios

Tours Steve Handelman Studios

Meet the Iron Man Steven Handelman at Steve Handelman Studios. This is a wrought iron atelier where lighting fixtures are handmade by skilled artisans. There is nothing like it in town, and maybe anywhere! Each piece is customized and individual design decisions are made regarding finishes, glass type, mounting hardware and size of the piece. We will start in the factory and watch the artisans in process, then we will move to the showroom to view the final masterpieces! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and learn behind the scenes.

Date: August 7 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm Steven Handelman Studios Custom Iron Lighting
Price: Members $10/Non-members $11

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PAST TOURS

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CASA DOLORES MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART

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Bisque and gesso-finished clay pottery - Jerón Martinez Mendoza 1918-1990
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Tehuantepec textiles
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Beaded Jaguar Head, anonymous Huichol Artist
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Bandera ware
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A Photographic Stroll through México, M. Giovanna Angherà 2018

Casa Dolores is a center for the study, collection, preservation and exhibition of the popular arts of Mexico.  We will receive a private tour of this home-style museum surrounded by the joyful sights, brilliant colors and vibrant life stories of these Mexican artists and artisans.

Date: Wednesday, March 06
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Price: $11.00 / $10.00 for members

The museum is located in the Botiller Adobe house that was built in 1843, the oldest standing two-story adobe in Santa Barbara. The house was built and owned by the Pascual Botiller family from 1843 until 1969, and was purchased by Linda Cathcart in 2007.  It is located at 1023 Bath Street in Santa Barbara.

Casa Dolores houses the Santa Barbara resident and art historian Linda Cathcart’s collection of over 6,000 objects in various media: clay, wood, ceramic, natural fibers, leather, paper, glass, clay, and tin.  

Many of the pieces displayed in the museum are unique to various regions in Mexico, such as Talavera from Puebla, and Alebrijes from Oaxaca and Huichol art from the western highlands. Collections range from Pre-Hispanic to current day; artists whose works are displayed include Josefina Aguilar, Teodora Blanco, Candelario Medrano, Abelardo Ruiz, Rosa Real de Nieto and the Linares family.  

The museum engages with the Santa Barbara community by providing culturally significant programs such as temporary exhibitions, art workshops, presentations, film series, and public events. (Courtesy: Wikipedia.)

For great detail on the museum, click HERE to explore their website.  

The imagery here and below description is from their website.

Our main three-room gallery showcases a revolving exhibition that is installed every three to four months, while the permanent collection is housed in two galleries upstairs -- along with the Spotlight gallery that features one spectacular piece from the Casa Dolores collection.

The two galleries upstairs feature distinctive blue pottery from Tlaquepaque, Nagual animal spirit figures from Tonalá, and Oaxacan black pottery whistles and toys.

From tiny miniatures to paper maché dolls, leatherworks, fiesta dancing clothing and charming straw figures that depict the "Old Man Dance," these rooms offer a cross section of time and space in Mexican artistry and culture.

The tiles along the staircase that leads to the upper galleries are also a part of the collection. Founder and Director Linda Cathcart collected them during her trips to Mexico -- restaurants would oftentimes give guests tiles as a coaster for their drinks, or she would buy single tiles from vendors across Mexico.

The adobe's kitchen also is ever-changing, and has featured pottery from Patamban and San José de Gracia, the Dia de los Muertos collection, and a replica of a fruit mural inspired by one seen in Frida Kahlo's kitchen.

Casa Dolores' charming and peaceful garden also is on view and features garden pottery by renowned artist Roger Brown (1941 – 1997). A resident of La Conchita, Calif., Brown was a painter who was popularly known for using mixed-mediums, such as incorporating pottery into his work, and was also recognized for his commentary on modern society. Brown was a close friend and fellow collector of Casa Dolores’ founder and director Linda Cathcart.

The Roger Brown Study Collection at the The Art Institute of Chicago has given Casa Dolores a long-term loan of Brown’s garden pottery from his La Conchita home, which has been incorporated into Casa Dolores’ own garden.

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THE SACRED SPACE

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Once you enter The Sacred Space, you are greeted with a variety of art from Tibet, Bali, Java, Thailand, Nepal, India, Indonesia and China.

Our guide will describe the beginnings of these spiritual surroundings and will beckon you to seek your own personal awakening.  Enjoy tea in the lotus garden and learn about several specific pieces and their place in this meditative atmosphere.

Date: Wednesday, April 03
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Price: $11.00 / $10.00 for members

For great detail on this amazing place, click HERE to explore their website.  The imagery here is from their website.

From their Facebook page…"Treasures from Heaven Available on Earth"

We take trips to Asia hunting for items that are unique, rare, historic, religious, or related to personal growth.  Come and sip a cup of tea as you wander our gardens and showrooms. View thousands of inspirational and one-of-a-kind treasures, garden art, art, inspirational antique furniture, architectural pieces, deity statues (in brass, porcelain, gold, silver, stone, marble, crystal, wood, and resins), crystals, candles, incense, fountains, music, books, CD books, orchids, and out of this world jewelry.  Our items have special connections to us and then their purchasers.

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THE GETTY MUSEUM EXHIBITION - SALLY MANN: A THOUSAND CROSSINGS

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Sally Mann - "A Thousand Crossings". Image © Sally Mann
 

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Easter Dress, 1986, Sally Mann. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Patricia and David Schulte. Image © Sally Mann

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The Turn, 2005. Sally Mann. Gelatin silver print, 94.9 x 117.2 cm. Private collection. © Sally Mann

In the winter of 2019, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum press release 09/18/18: LOS ANGELES  For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, intimate, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore themes of memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s indifference to human endeavor. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, on view November 16, 2018-February 10, 2019 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, is the first major survey of this celebrated artist to travel internationally, and the first to investigate how Mann’s relationship with her native land, the American South—a place rich in literary and artistic traditions but troubled by history—has shaped her work. The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.  The Getty is the only West Coast venue for this international tour, which brings together 110 photographs, many exhibited for the first time.  Mann’s work—photographs of people, places, and things—is united by its focus on the American South. Drawing from her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage, Mann asks powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries.  “Sally Mann’s distinctive approach to photographing the South has earned her a special place in the history of a genre that includes many of the greatest names in American photography,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Her complex, evocative landscapes and intimate images of her family are reminiscent of classic work from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but she manages always to give her photographs an individual pictorial and emotive quality that makes them intangibly of our time. The work has a power – all the more impactful for its quiet and ethereal mood – that I am sure will leave visitors deeply moved.”

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SALT CAVE SANTA BARBARA

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In the winter of 2019, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Salt Caves.  Pam McCaskey and her geologist husband imported over 60 tons of pink crystalline Himalayan salt from the famous Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. With it, they constructed the largest salt caves in North America.  Join us for a brief meditation inside the caves and a tour of their artistic and spiritually based products.   Their website is at https://www.saltcavesb.com.

From "Healthful Hangout: Inside the Salt Cave Santa Barbara" - Nestled below the quaint steps of historic State Street, the Salt Cave in Santa Barbara are forged from 200 million-year-old Himalayan pink salt that seem to rise from the surrounding salt beds like some mythical village.  Created from the crystalized sea salt beds of the Khewra Salt Range of northern Pakistan, visitors are hushed into serenity of the cave for a rejuvenating experience unlike any other in the heart of the coastal resort town.  Visitors spend about an hour in the dim caves, relaxing on gravity-defying chairs, listening to calming music, and breathing in the therapeutic salty air. The environment is supposed to benefit one’s emotional state and ease respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies.  Former geologist Mike McCaskey and his wife Pamela, who has a background in fitness, are the owners and share their mission of providing a unique place to relax and experience the wonder of ancient crystalline salt through salt cave sessions, spa treatments, and products made locally.  Our salt scrub massages are signature to us and no one else in Santa Barbara performs the service. Other services include catered events, specialized salt scrub treatments, aromatherapy, reiki healing, sound classes, yoga and dance. We have had a wedding ceremony held in our large cave room.   (Article and images appearing on this page are from www.saltcavesb.com)

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

Art Tours / Whimsical Wednesday - MOCA LA The Grand Photo by Elon Schoenholz, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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In the spring of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  There are three distinct venues of the MOCA located in Los Angeles - MOCA Grand AvenueThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center - as well as Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative located in the Nevada desert.

MOCA Grand Avenue hosted Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, an exhibition which brought together the works of three of the most influential photographers of modern life.  

Our tour participants greatly enjoyed viewing the works drawn from MOCA’s extraordinary collection of photography, and were fascinated by how these photographers used the camera to reflect and transform the world around them.  Look at these sites for Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), Diane Arbus, and Nan Goldin to share that fascination.

The MOCA Grand Avenue location, designed by architect Arata Isozaki, is always a wonderful place to visit; it hosts the museum's main galleries and is the flagship location of the museum store.

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THE BROAD, LOS ANGELES

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In the winter of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured The Broad, a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  The museum was named for philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections. 

The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, was the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.  

The Broad was the only California museum to host the exhibition.   Excerpt from artnet.com news: "The exhibition, surveying seven decades of the 87-year-old artist’s output, will feature no fewer than a half-dozen of her massively popular installation works, reports the Los Angeles Times. The so-called “infinity rooms,” consisting of mirrored rooms with strings of LED lights hanging from the ceilings, have drawn crowds around the world, with art lovers lining up for hours for a brief visit."

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WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES

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In the spring of 2018, the Carpinteria Arts Center toured the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.  Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, this iconic facility seats over 2,200 people and was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota. 

There are many things to see and experience on a visit there; click HERE for more details.  For example, hidden away in the rooftop Blue Ribbon Garden is a sculpture of a rose also designed by Frank Gehry.  He titled the sculpture “A Rose For Lilly” as a tribute to Mrs. Lillian Disney, who loved music and flowers.  The concert hall was conceptualized to resemble a bowl of roses, and so this sculpture fountain is a compliment to that vision.

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