“We wanted to stop here and take some photos at the beach, but so far we’ve spent most of our time looking for parking,” said Michael Pernpeintner (far right) with friends (from left) Mareen Geissler, Charlotte Bernt, and Wakana Takahashi at East Beach. The spirited international students are currently studying at UC Davis and decided to stop in Santa Barbara while heading home from a 4th of July road trip to explore Los Angeles.
“I love to paint the beauty of the Santa Barbara landscape. Something about the light here is different than other places,” said Amir Jabbari, who has been oil painting for 30 years. In addition to selling paintings at the Sunday Arts & Crafts Show, Jabbari paints frescoes and murals on walls and ceilings of S.B. homes. “I came here for vacation and then ripped up my return ticket. I just couldn’t leave,” he added.