PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 3:14 p.m., April 27, 2014 Updated 3:14 p.m., April 27, 2014


Senior living community invites the community to opening reception and show

The Samarkand resident and staff artists, both professional and amateur Santa Barbara area residents


The Samarkand resident and staff artists, both professional and amateur

Santa Barbara area residents

Diane Huyck, Activity Director, The Samarkand


On May 9, 2014, The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, will open its annual three-day Spring Art Show.

The show will feature approximately 150 pieces of two- and three-dimensional art created by The Samarkand’s residents and staff — both seasoned professional artists and those new to creative expression. A variety of media will be represented, including watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, photography, pen and ink, digital art, sculpture, collage, ceramics, needlework and jewelry.

“We expanded the media for the show this year,” says show organizer Diane Huyck, Samarkand activity director. “We have such a diversity of talented people at The Samarkand, we wanted to bring forward people who don’t consider themselves artists — people who do jewelry, needlework, fiber arts and more.”

The signature promotional piece for the 2014 show is a watercolor still life by Samarkand resident Pat Brown. Painting regularly for eight years, Brown says she discovered painting when she was going through some hard times. “My friend said, ‘Let’s go to art school,’” she recalls. “When I paint I feel so good, I don’t think of anything else.” A member of the Watercolor Society of Santa Barbara, Brown’s work is in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Library.

For more information, visit or call 877–231-6284.


Opening reception

Friday, May 9, 2014

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. PDT

Friday, May 9, 2014

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT

Saturday, May 10, 2014

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PDT

Sunday, May 11, 2014

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. PDT

The Samarkand Mountain Room and Pavilion

2550 Treasure Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Diane Huyck, Activity Director Colette Claxton, APR

The Samarkand 954-752-6872


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