The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, with the Santa Barbara Art Association, and the County Art in Public Places Committee presents a juried exhibition, Inside/Outside: Santa Barbara Art Association to open with a reception on 1st Thursday, February 6, from 5-8pm and an Awards Ceremony at 6pm. Receiving juried awards are: Juror’s Choice, Filiberto Lomeli; Awards, Audie Love, Robert Rowley and Lena Savage; and Honorable Mention, Susan Fridley, Loree Gold, Larry Iwerks, Jerilynne Nibbe, and Peet (Paula) Steinmetz. This exhibition, on view from January 21 – May 23, 2014, celebrates the artistic talents of the members of the Santa Barbara Art Association in Santa Barbara and features a wide variety of artist styles and media. Additional 1st Thursdays in the following months will have a variety of artist-led workshops in the Channing Peake Gallery on the 1st floor of the County Administration Building.

The juror, Randy Sommer, a co-owner of Acme Gallery in Los Angeles, has a BFA in Printmaking from University of Kansas, and an MFA in Painting from UCSB. He lived in SB almost 10 years working as an artist, worked part time at CAF managing their Tri-County gallery and also served on CAF’s exhibitions committee. He moved to L.A. in 1987 working first for a large Santa Monica gallery and later for an artist-run alternative space called FOODHOUSE before creating ACME gallery in 1994 in Santa Monica, California. ACME relocated to the 6150 Wilshire complex near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in early 1998. A wide range of work is exhibited at ACME including painting, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and installations Mr. Sommer has juried many group exhibitions nationally and spoken on many panels. Mr. Sommer viewed 190 works by 122 artists, and selected 59 artworks, representing 49 artists in the Santa Barbara Art Association.

Selected mediums included collage, drawing, mixed media, pastel, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and watercolor. Selected artists included: Sylvia Abualy, Kristina Andersen, Jamee Aubrey, Bruce Berlow, Charlie Boss, Nadine Burdick, Sarah Carr, Suzan Dougall Christenson, Carole Clarke, Rica Coulter, Carol North Dixon, Kate Eden, Nancy Freeman, Susan Fridley, Piri Friedman, Brenda Geneau, Loree Gold, Morgan Green, Bay Hallowell, Nancy Hawks, Kerri Hedden, Nancy Heffron, Larry Iwerks, Marilee Krause, Filiberto Lomeli, Audie Love, Gail Lucas, Karen Luckett, Pat McGinnis, Meason Miller, Maria Miller, Bonnie Muench, Jerilynne Nibbe, Mary J. Peeters, George Radon, Ann Raleigh, John Rowbottam, Robert Rowley, Lena Savage, Cathie Smith, Katherine Starr, Peet (Paula) Steinmetz, Carol Talley, Beth Taylor, Terry Uyehara, Debbie Watts, Joyce Wilson, Ann Wirtz, and Ellen Yeomans.

The Santa Barbara Art Association (SBAA) was founded in 1952, and is one of the oldest arts organizations in the Santa Barbara area. In 2012 SBAA celebrated their 60th Anniversary. SBAA enjoys over 500 members throughout the County who exhibit in a full range of mediums, from painting and sculpture and ceramics to printmaking, photography, collage and mixed media work. In addition, SBAA sponsors scholarships to local colleges, and its Student Art Fund supports High School and Junior High art programs from Goleta to Carpinteria; and additionally provides exhibitions, lectures and workshops for its members and the community at large.

The Santa Barbara Art Association has helped to cultivate a rich arts tradition within the city and County of Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Art Association is partnering with the Arts Commission for this exhibition to celebrate one of Santa Barbara’s long respected arts organizations that has thrived as an arts catalyst within the community, and has enjoyed the support of its artists and the community for many years.


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