SPOTLIGHT ON The Delphine Gallery

Tucked into the corner storefront of the Arlington Plaza lies the Delphine Gallery, an outpost for Santa Barbara artists. Owned for the past 15 years by Santa Barbara resident Michael Lapere, the gallery hosts between six and eight shows per year. The work tends to be more traditional — lots of oils, acrylics, and charcoals — but there’s one commonality: the artists are all Santa Barbara-based. “There are so many talented artists looking to show within Santa Barbara, we rarely have need to look for artists outside of our area,” explained Arun Cagar, manager and master framer of the gallery for the past three years. Since a move two doors down in the plaza, the Delphine Gallery has been in its current location for the past two years, though it originated in Montecito. The new location afforded the gallery a little extra space to expand. In addition to the main gallery room, there is an auxiliary room where pieces from old shows remain, as well as some more eclectic pieces that don’t show in the main room. In addition to pleasing area artists, the gallery also pleases the Santa Barbara buyer. Relying on a pretty regular clientele instead of seeking the pocketbooks of the passing tourist, the gallery runs an extensive framing business where you’ll likely find Cagar.

Currently on display are the majestic, equestrian works of Kate Upton and the bright, vivid acrylics of James Paul Brown. The Delphine Gallery is located at 1324 State Street in the Arlington Plaza. Call 962-6625 or visit

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