By Lynne Simpson
Abstract painter William Fedderson and his wife Karen, a landscape oil painter, are the proud owners of the Corridan Gallery, a Santa Barbara spot little known to the general public but highly valued by artists. With an inventive dream and a calm though serious drive, the couple has successfully transformed a simple gray 1920s craftsman-style house at 125 North Milpas Street into a cozy haven of creativity. Corridan has professional gallery lighting, classical music seeping in from behind the walls, and a strategically placed display space in which visitors of all levels of artistic knowledge can view and appreciate various works.
The gallery, which will take part in the fifth annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studio Tour on Labor Day weekend, hosts exhibits of all genres, including abstract art, photography, contemporary art, and sculpture. Exhibits often run for two months at a time, with periods of open art displayed in between. The Feddersons pride themselves on consistently hosting up-and-coming artists, and hope to bring creative awareness to Santa Barbara by showing existing regional fine art. From the busy street outside, look for the fenced-in manicured English garden with blooming lavender and roses, notice the featured art set out on the front lawn easel, and know that hospitality awaits you inside. With a “my house is your house” attitude, the Feddersons know that art just gives so much to people. They love nothing more than knowing that people can likewise give so much back to art.
The Corridan Gallery, which will host a gala reception for the Open Studios Tour on Friday, September 1 at 4 p.m., is at 125 North Milpas Street. Call 966-7939 or see corridan-gallery.com.