The Artists of Solstice Art Opening and Reception at Art From Scrap Gallery on May 29

The Spirit of Solstice Art Opening
Multimedia Exhibition Celebrates the Artists of
Santa Barbara’s Solstice Parade

Santa Barbara: Meet the artists of Solstice at the art opening and party for the Spirit of Solstice art exhibition on Friday, May 29th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 East Cota in downtown Santa Barbara. Featuring the work of past and current Artists-in-Residence at Santa Barbara’s Solstice Workshop, this exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of Solstice. The Solstice Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, usually drawing over 100,000 spectators from around the world.

The Spirit of Solstice exhibition includes costumes, puppets, and memorabilia from past parades as well as new art from the creative geniuses that make this Santa Barbara tradition come alive each year. Artists include: Ann Chevrefils, Hathor Hammett, Mary Price, Diane Arnold, Lark Batteau, Laura Smith, Claire Frandsen, Stacie Bouffard, Claudia Bratton, and Pali X Mano. This multimedia show features masks, headdresses, ceramics, papier-mâché sculptures, assemblage, paintings, and one of Pali X Mano’s iconic inflatable sculptures.

Stacie Bouffard, President of the Board of Summer Solstice says, “Summer Solstice is filled with an incredible, magical, creative spirit that is shared with the community on one summer day. Behind the scenes of the parade is a group of very talented artists. Many who have been with Solstice for years. What do these artists do the rest of the year? They do what they love, which is create art!”

Join us for art, food, live music, and festivities. Make a Shaker or Maraca at our Art From Scrap table to bring to the parade. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists who work so hard to make Summer Solstice the amazing event it is.

Stacie Bouffard says, “I am excited that the Art From Scrap Gallery is offering the community an opportunity to get up close and personal with the artists of Solstice, not only their Solstice creations, many of which will be on display, but their life’s work as artists.”

Save the date! The Spirit of Solstice opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Friday, May 29th, from 6:00-8:00 pm and will hang in the AFS Gallery through June 15th, 2015.


About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is Santa Barbara County’s largest environmental education and arts nonprofit. A registered 501(c)(3) that provides free environmental education to school children grades K-6, Explore Ecology’s programs include Art From Scrap, the Watershed Resource Center and the School Gardens Program. Explore Ecology empowers people to protect and preserve the environment and inspires them to make smart choices that shape a better future.

About Art From Scrap: Art From Scrap promotes materials reuse and waste reduction through art discovery. The Art From Scrap ReUse store has been a beloved community resource for over twenty years. The Art From Scrap Gallery features a rotating calendar of exhibits, bringing together art lovers, collectors and artists to explore environmental issues. Art From Scrap Gallery and Store Hours are: Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Jill Cloutier
Explore Ecology
805-884-0459 x13

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