Category Archives: Exhibits

Artists Inspired by our Haass Adobe Watercolor Exhibit

by Anne Petersen

Thomas Van Stein explains the use of shadow in Haass' s watercolor of the Orena Adobe.  Photo by Anne Petersen.
Thomas Van Stein explains the use of reflected light in Haass’s watercolor of the Orena Adobe. Photo by Anne Petersen.

On Wednesday October 14, artist and instructor Thomas Van Stein brought his Adult Education painting class to Casa de la Guerra to view our Haass Adobe Watercolor exhibition.   Van Stein is no stranger to our exhibits.  A member of the Oak Group. he participated in our recent tribute to Ray Strong, The Art of Preservation.

The Haass Adobe Watercolor collection is made up of a series of historic adobes painted in the late 1940s and early 1950s by Fridloin Haass at the request of Pearl Chase.  The extremely detailed paintings capture a moment in time at each site.  Today some of the buildings captured for the series (including Casa de la Guerra), look radically different, and others have been lost altogether.

The artists prepare to paint the Casa.  Photo by Anne Petersen.
The artists prepare to paint the Casa. Photo by Anne Petersen.

Van Stein worked with his class to pay close attention to Haass’s ability to use light and dark colors to make features either recede or come to the forefront.  He also praised the artist’s ability to  capture complex shadows and reflections, and to offer enough line detail to suggest intricate painterly features like a tile roof, without articulating each tile.

After viewing the exhibit, the class set up their easels in the Casa Courtyard and began to paint, using the inspiration of the Haass watercolors to guide them.  While assisting his students, Van Stein was also able to create his own work of art, capturing the East wing of the Casa, with a delicately painted tile roof.

Casa de la Guerra, by Thomas Van Stein. Photo by Anne Petersen.
Casa de la Guerra, by Thomas Van Stein.

We thoroughly enjoyed the class visit, which brings together several of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s areas of interest: our local architecture, historic preservation, and the appreciation of our community’s sense of place through the visual arts.

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Closing Weekend for The Art of Preservation Exhibit!

Just a reminder that this is the last weekend to view The Art of Preservation: The Oak Group Remembers Ray Strong at Casa de la Guerra.   We were able to extend the exhibit one extra week, but this Sunday August 23 is the official closing day. This special exhibit of Oak Group member paintings and Ray Strong paintings from the private collections of Oak Group members is not to be missed!  Casa de la Guerra is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 PM.

To mark the occasion, we are pleased to share some images from the opening reception on  June 11.

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Behind the Scenes at the Installation of The Art of Preservation Exhibit

by Anne Petersen

Click through the image for  more detail.
Click through the image for more detail.

This week we installed The Art of Preservation:  The Oak Group Remembers Ray Strong at Casa de la Guerra for a 2-month run.  The project reflects the fruit of many meaningful community collaborations, and we can’t wait for everyone to see the results.  The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation is one of 10 host institutions throughout the county celebrating pioneering landscape artist Ray Strong with special exhibitions during the month of June.  For a list of all the exhibitions, click here.

Sullivan Goss Gallery coordinated the Summer 2015 Ray Strong exhibition project as part of a larger project to honor Strong’s legacy, which will include a beautiful full-color book, and an online database of Strong’s work.  For more information on the Ray Strong project, click here.

SBTHP is proud to partner with the Oak Group for our contribution to the Summer 2015 Ray Strong exhibition series.  Strong, who inspired plein air landscape painters throughout California and Oregon,  was co-founder of this local painters collective, which focuses on the power of art to help preserve and celebrate open space.  For the exhibit, Oak Group members loaned Ray Strong paintings from their private collections, and also paintings of their own that evoke a strong connection to Strong, their colleague, mentor and friend.  The Oak Group’s preservation theme dovetails beautifully with SBTHP’s preservation mission.

To produce and install  the exhibit we also rely on the help of volunteers and friends of SBTHP.  Special thanks go to co-curator Bill Dewey, a member of the Oak Group and SBTHP’s Artifacts and Exhibits (A&E) Committee for his help coordinating the project.  Intern Lauren Trujillo  corresponded with artists and made and installed the labels for the show.   A&E Committee member Kathi Brewster helped hang all the artwork.  We are also grateful for our partnership with the Oak Group and honored to display the treasured paintings by and memories of Ray Strong that members shared for the exhibit.  Special thanks also go to Chris Chapman for sharing her Cloud Dance as the featured painting for the show (seen in the header of this post).

We hope to see everyone at the free public opening for the exhibit on June 11 from 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM at Casa de la Guerra.  We will also be open for free during the July 2 First Thursday program from 5:00 PM  – 8:00 PM.  And, of course you can always visit Casa de la Guerra during regular hours from  12:00 – 4:00 PM Friday through Sunday.

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

New Exhibit at Casa de la Guerra: Orpha Klinker and Bill Dewey

by Anne Petersen

Klinker and Dewey flyerThis Friday, July 18 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation opened a new exhibit at Casa de la Guerra titled Orpha Klinker and Bill Dewey: Landmarks of California.  This special project brings together Orpha Klinker’s 1930s paintings of California’s historic resources with contemporary images of the same sites by Santa Barbara photographer William B. Dewey.  SBTHP is grateful to Sullivan Goss Gallery for the loan of the Klinker collection and five Dewey photographs.  The remainder of the Dewey collection was donated to SBTHP by the photographer, and this is our first opportunity to display them.

Viewing the paintings and photographs side by side produces both moments of satisfaction at the graceful continuity experienced by some of the historic places and some pangs of loss at the irrevocable change wrought upon others.  The combined stories of these special sites, conveyed through the powerful pairing of images, reminds us how historic preservation contributes to a sense of place in our communities.   This message is especially intrinsic to our mission at SBTHP, and we are proud to host this special exhibit.

Intern Kate Borchard with her favorite Klinker Dewey pair, El Palacio de Abel Stearns, and the same site today. Photo by Anne Petersen.
Intern Kate Borchard with her favorite Klinker Dewey pair, El Palacio de Abel Stearns, and the same site today. Photo by Anne Petersen.
Volunteer Sam Majewski checks measurements while hanging the artwork. Photo by Anne Petersen.
Volunteer Sam Majewski checks measurements while hanging the artwork. Photo by Anne Petersen.

Special thanks go to Sullivan Goss gallery for making the Klinker collection available for loan, and to SBTHP Artifacts and Exhibits Committee member Bill Dewey for his generous donation of photographic prints and assistance coordinating the project.  Thanks also go to SBTHP intern Kate Borchard for assisting with the planning and production of the exhibit, and to volunteer Sam Majewski for helping with the installation.

We will celebrate the opening of the exhibit on August 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm as part of the Downtown Organization’s free First Thursday program.   The exhibit will be open through October 19, 2014. For hours and directions to Casa de la Guerra, click here.

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Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

SBTHP Partners with the Elverhoj on a New Exhibit Featuring the Santa Ines Mission Mills

by Anne Petersen

Guests enjoy the exhibit. Photo by Anne Petersen
Guests enjoy the exhibit. Photo by Anne Petersen

On June 14, 2014 the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang opened a new exhibit in partnership with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation called Art from the Groves: The Santa Inés Mission Mills.  The exhibit includes artwork for Santa Ynez Valley artists who painted the Santa Inés Mission Mills property over a course of several scheduled “paint outs.”  The Mills property, owned by the State of California and managed by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, is an idyllic spot with a tranquil creek, olive groves, and of course the two stone mill structures and attached reservoirs, providing plenty of fodder for the artistic imagination.    The resulting exhibit includes an amazing array of media from watercolor, oil and pastel, to photography, collage, and even jewelry.

Jarrell Jackman and Esther Jacobsen Bates. Photo by Anne Petersen.
Jarrell Jackman and Esther Jacobsen Bates. Photo by Anne Petersen.

The opening reception included many of the featured artists, along with membership and staff of the Elverhoj and SBTHP.  The exhibit will be open until September 28, and the two organizations are partnering on several related programs including a children’s art event at the Mills on July 26 and a lecture on the history of the property on September 6.  For more details on the exhibit and other related programs, visit the Elverhoj website here.

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New Exhibit: I See Beauty in This Life

by Anne Petersen

On February 6, 2014 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation opened a new photography exhibit at Casa de la Guerra that reflects a wonderful new partnership with the California Historical Society (CHS).  The exhibit, I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, originally opened at CHS headquarters in San Francisco in the fall of 2012. In an effort to make sure as many people as possible throughout the state get to see it, CHS sought out SBTHP as a partner to take the exhibit as a travelling show.

 Visitors in the gallery at Casa de la Guerra on opening night. Photo by Fritz Olenberger.
Visitors in the gallery at Casa de la Guerra on opening night. Photo by Fritz Olenberger.

The exhibit itself is a collaboration between photographer Lisa Hamilton and the CHS archives.  Beautiful large-format color prints of Hamilton’s contemporary photographs share the gallery with historic prints going back to 1880 from CHS archives. Together they speak to the diversity of California’s rural heritage.

SBTHP Artifacts and Exhibit Committee member Richard Perry attaches labels in the exhibit. Photo by Anne Petersen.
SBTHP Artifacts and Exhibit Committee member Richard Perry attaches labels in the exhibit. Photo by Anne Petersen.

At SBTHP we are especially proud of the team effort that went into the successful launch of this project.  In addition to the many CHS staff who collaborated with SBTHP staff remotely to coordinate the show, several volunteers on SBTHP’s Artifacts and Exhibits Committee donated their time to help unpack and install the exhibit.  A&E volunteers include Kathi Brewster, Patricia Kruse and Richard Perry. Special thanks also go to SBTHP Office Manager Brittany Avila who also assisted with the installation and who really has an eye for straightening a crooked frame!

Anne Petersen with CHS staff Jason Herrington and Jessica Hough, and SBTHP Board President John Poucher with his wife , SBTHP Education Committee Member Elizabeth Poucher in the gallery on opening night.  Photo by Fritz Olenberger.
Anne Petersen with CHS staff Jason Herrington and Jessica Hough, and SBTHP Board President John Poucher with his wife, SBTHP Education Committee Member Elizabeth Poucher in the gallery on opening night. Photo by Fritz Olenberger.

I See Beauty in this Life will be on display at Casa de la Guerra between February 6 and April 27. This one is not to be missed!

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

New Exhibit at Casa de la Guerra: Secrets of the Gaviota Coast

by Anne Petersen

"Secrets of the Gaviota," Casa de la Guerra September 5 through November 3, 2013. Photo by Mika Thornburg.
“Secrets of the Gaviota,” Casa de la Guerra September 5 through November 3, 2013. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

On Thursday September 5, SBTHP celebrated the opening of a new exhibit at Casa de la Guerra, “Secrets of the Gaviota Coast.”  The dozen beautiful black and white photos by Shaw Leonard of this pristine section of coastline are production stills from an upcoming documentary called Gaviota, the End of Southern California.  You can find out more about the film project here.  For those of you who click through: see that stunning assemblage of coastal objects on the project homepage?  It’s there, fully recreated in the exhibit, and it is stunning.

Reeve Woolpert with Shaw Leonard. Photo by Mika Thornburg.
Reeve Woolpert with Shaw Leonard. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

This is our second collaboration with local photographers who capture the beauty of this special coastline.  Two years ago we displayed the photography of Reeve Woolpert, an excellent artist and all around nice guy. You can learn more about Reeve’s work here.  We were pleased to see Reeve early on opening night of “Secrets of the Gaviota,” congratulating Shaw on his show.

Visitors admiring Shaw's images on opening night. Photo by Mika Thornburg.
Visitors admiring Shaw’s images on opening night. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

You can catch “Secrets of the Gaviota Coast” until November 3, 2013.  For information on directions and hours of operation at Casa de la Guerra, click here.

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Junípero Serra in Mexico exhibit extended through June!

SBTHP is pleased to announce that this beautiful exhibit of photography by Jeffrey Becom and drawings by Richard Perry, which was curated by Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal, has been extended for an additional two months, through June 30th.

We have enjoyed hosting the exhibit at Casa de la Guerra, and appreciate all the hard work of the exhibit team to support the show during its run in Santa Barbara.  On First Thursday, March 7th, we celebrated the exhibit opening on a windy, drizzly evening.  The weather didn’t deter the crowd, however, and we welcomed over 100 people to the museum that evening.  Many of the attendees posed thoughtful questions to Jeff Becom about travel in the Sierra Gorda region and his photography equipment and techniques.  Others approached Richard Perry, inquiring about the iconography on the churches and the unique history of the Queretero Missions.

On Thursday April 4th, the local Santa Barbara Corral of Westerners International hosted the exhibit team for their monthly dinner and meeting at the Santa Barbara Club.  After a lovely meal, the team gave a collaborative, illustrated talk about the exhibit, with travel tips and recommendations to the many members in the audience interested in this remote area of Mexico.   Many Westerners members lingered long after the talk to learn more about the Sierra Gorda missions from the exhibit team.  We are especially grateful to Sheriff of the Santa Barbara Corral, William MacKinnon, for coordinating the event.

With all this positive attention for the show, SBTHP believes that the extension is certainly warranted!  We thank curator Julianne Burton-Carvajal for her generosity in helping SBTHP continue to host the exhibit through June 30th.  If you have not stopped by to see it yet, please do! Casa de la Guerra is open from noon-4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.