Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Erika Carter
By Leslie Dinaberg, Noozhawk Contributor
(reprinted online article)
The owner of Studio 3 East gallery discusses the finer points of living an artful life.
(Carter family photo)
Downtown Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday events have grown into a popular hive of art, music and wine, and few spots are buzzing like Erika Carter’s Studio 3 East gallery, at 3 E. De la Guerra St. above Starbucks. Carter, a Santa Barbara native, talks with Leslie Dinaberg about living an artful life.
Having invested her life in art, Erika Carter says art is a worthy financial investment.
LD: What are you working on now?
EC: It’s a holiday show. It will be the third annual show for Donna Asycough and myself … This one is “Arbol de Vida,” which is the “Tree of Life.” … The paintings I do are all retablos; those are the little tin devotional paintings, folk art. …This year I’ll be doing 100 of them.
EC: Yeah, I know. It’s a lot of work. Donna and I are both just very passionate about Mexico. We can’t get enough of it.
LD: How do you psych up to do 100 paintings?
EC: It’s insane. I get all the tins out. I prep them all at the same time. Most of them are collage transfers, so I take photographs, transfer them, and do some things. … This is all collage, this is all photo transfer, and then I paint on it, too, so it’s a mixture. I’ll go and I’ll photograph like crazy, and then I’ll come back and start looking at my images, start laying them out, and then I get to a point where they all get started. They’ll all be to a point where there will be 100 of them sitting there and I’ll start cranking and it will be 10-hour days.
LD: Do you primarily paint here in the studio?
EC: This is it, so it will be a mess in November. It’s very sad for the artist (Melissa Gill) showing here this month.
LD: There’s something kind of cool about that because most gallery space isn’t studio space.
EC: No. This was originally a studio space, that’s all it was, and for me to survive and have a studio space, which of course wasn’t as big as it is now, was to start doing shows to help pay the rent, which has been really great. I would do a show, have a few friends and hang some artwork for the weekend. Then people started hearing about the gallery space and it grew, and now I’m booked through 2009.
LD: Wow. That’s awesome.
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