New VADA Murals in the Funk Zone

SANTA BARBARA, CA (14:13:48)- VADA, the at Santa Barbara High School, is excited to announce a new series of murals will be installed on the Anacapa Project building (home of the Lark restaurant and other businesses) on Yanonali Street in Santa Barbara’s A public unveiling will take place Friday, June 12th, from 10am-11am.

Santa Barbara artists and Chelsea Locatelli have been working with VADA Seniors as Artists-in Residence for two weeks, designing the mural and acting as mentors to VADA students, who have been working alongside the artists in the creation of 12-4’X8’ mural panels. Matheson, a 7th generation Santa Barbara native and Art Center graduate, is a painter and illustrator who works in a folk art influenced style. His artwork can be seen in Santa Barbara currently at The French Press (Cota & Figueora Street locations) as well as Municipal Winery. He has also shown in Los Angeles, Oakland and New York, and collaborates frequently with artist/partner Chelsea Locatelli to create photobooth sets, hand-painted signage and cornhole games for their company ART DEPTMNT.

The murals will be prominently displayed on the doors of the Anacapa Project building at 131-137 Anacapa Street at Yanonali, which houses the restaurants &, as well as wine tasting rooms, a guitar “bar” and other businesses that are part of the Urban Wine Trail, a hip tourist destination in an industrial warehouse district which also includes many artist studios and galleries. The mural panels will be on display for 6-12 months, and after their de-installation, will be used to fundraise for the VADA program. This project is funded in part by the Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the is a “school‐within‐a‐school” that integrates rigorous academic coursework with project‐based, career‐focused art & design instruction in a supportive and creative environment. VADA serves 175 culturally and economically diverse students in grades 10 through 12 and is located on the Santa Barbara High School campus.


Calico Brown
VADA Visual Arts & Design Academy
700 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
phone: #805-966-9101 ext. 5055 email:

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