California Sunset, Santa Barbara, 1923. Oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Gift of Oswald and Kathleen Da Ros. | Credit: Bill Dewey

It’s your last chance to see this excellent exhibit of oil paintings by Lockwood de Forest this weekend. Dedicated Kathleen and Oswald Da Ros and mainly drawn from their collection, Lighting the Way shows the great precursor of the Santa Barbara school of plein air painting at the height of his powers. In addition to multiple strong examples of the artist’s familiar small works, there are several commanding large canvases saturated with light and color. The artist’s gift for elevating the area’s natural beauty created the cult of Santa Barbara beautiful that painters and residents worship to this day.

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