Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Off Axis events begin on First Thursday

Announcing Off-Axis 2008:
A Month-Long Celebration of Contemporary Art!

Here is a unique opportunity to explore ideas, concepts, and critical approaches to contemporary art practice in a community-wide setting. Off-Axis 2008 promises to be a stimulating immersion into art exhibitions, public openings, artists’ interventions, VIP tours, lectures by renowned scholars, and myriad of crossover events in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is a growing hub for the arts in Central California and the West Coast region. Its rich history and the resources of the city’s visual arts institutions, the thriving gallery community, and cutting-edge performing arts scene provide an excellent backdrop for meaningful engagement with contemporary art.

October 2nd through November 5th
Join us for 1st Thursday
and a kick-off to Off-Axis
October 2nd, 5 - 8 PM

Pamela Zwehl-Burke is an artist, educator and book-maker. The books she makes are called "Artist`s Books". When asked for a definition, she says, "An Artist`s Book is one where the artist is responsible for everything - the structure, the form and the content."

Artist`s books can be unique objects or made in editions. The structure can vary from fairly standard to whatever comes from the artist`s imagination.

Pamela`s books are very personal, based on events and passages in her life. "Meditations" is a word that`s often used.

Watch video of Pamela Zwehl-Burke discussing her work and displaying her books.
Artist`s Statement
Bud, Bloom, Burst
Four Digits, and a Thumb
Picture Box
Soles for Her Roles
Order in the Drawer

For more information, please contact:

Eric Kelley

The Book Den
15 East Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-3321

The Book Den, in collaboration with the Downtown Organization and neighboring art venues, is excited to present 1st Thursday, an evening of art and culture in Downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of every month, participating downtown galleries and other venues will stay open from 5-8 p.m. (or later) to offer free access to art in a fun and social environment.

Enjoy an evening of culture by strolling the Historic Arts District’s 30-plus participating venues. These venues will offer special programming such as artists’ receptions, music, demonstrations, lectures, wine tastings, and of course, an array of artwork. As you wander between galleries, take in the live musical performances and interactive exhibits outside on State Street.

In addition to visiting our venue, be sure to explore the other participating venues. Listings of the specific programming offered at each gallery and descriptions of all public performances and interactive exhibits are available at

Make the Historic Arts District the place to be on Thursday nights!

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