Tree of Life

This exhibition will feature an interactive gallery, film screening and more than a dozen rare handmade trees of life.

When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 1 p.m.

Where: Casa Dolores, 1023 Bath St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Exhibitions


Casa Dolores, Santa Barbara’s only Mexican folk art museum, invites the public to its new exhibition, “Tree of Life,” which will feature an interactive gallery, a film screening and more than a dozen rare handmade trees of life.

The community is invited to contribute to a larger-than-life Tree of Life – a universal symbol that has appeared in the folk art of most cultures for centuries. Our community Tree of Life structure will be about 6-feet tall and will be an ongoing project throughout the entirety of the exhibition as guests visit.

Casa Dolores will provide art supplies to make flora and fauna like a traditional tree of life, but the museum also welcomes creativity and personal objects, such as photos or small decorations.

The three-gallery exhibition will also feature Casa Dolores’ collection of ceramic trees of life from Mexico. These delightfully individual handcrafted sculptures cover the size and color spectrum. Their themes range from mariachis and music to Adam and Eve.

While the tree of life appears in all cultures, in Mexico its significance has a long history, ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. The exhibition will explore this history. An ongoing screening of the documentary, “Pottery of Mexico Vol II: Trees of Life, Izúcar de Matamoros, Acatlán, Metepec” also will give a more in-depth look into this universal symbol. The streaming film shows Mexico’s most renowned artists at work in their own studios.

Exhibition will stay open through the end of May 2015. Hours are 12 to 4pm from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Event posted Feb. 19, 2014
Last updated Feb. 26, 2014


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