Sunday, October 31, 2010

LIMITED EDITION - November 2010

The Santa Barbara Printmakers in collaboration with
the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative are thrilled to present
a special offer of limited edition prints.

The Deal

One print from a different artist each month, for 12 months, starting October 2010.

The prints are $50 each in a limited edition of 25. They will be available on the 1st of each month with a bonus print on December 15.

Proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative Direct-to-Artist Grants.

Prints can be picked up at Frame, 901 De la Vina Street (corner of Canon Perdido) during regular business hours or mailed for an additional shipping charge.

November's Print by Pamela Zwehl-Burke

Grace Under Fire
"A sleeping cat is a touchstone for reconsidering how to be peaceful in the present moment, no matter how chaotic it may appear."

Image size 7" x 10"
Paper size 22" x 15" (halfsheet)
Paper is somerset 100% rag
Charbonnel soft black ink
Solar intaglio
edition of 25

About Pamela Zwehl-Burke:

Forever interested in what the natural world means, Pamela Zwehl-Burke has spent many years looking, to encode and decode visual matters. She learned (at the Hochschule fuer bildende Kuenste, Kassel, Staatliches Seminar, Goettingen (both Germany), California State University, Northridge and the University of Southern California) and then taught (at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Santa Barbara City College) drawing, figure drawing, printmaking, design and artists' books. After years of helping others to unfold their skills and visions, she (retired since 2008)now takes time and opportunity to pursue her own.
Her work manifests in a variety of scale, format and material, but the intention and subject is for the most part commonplace visual experience re-seen and re-excerpted: animal, vegetable, mineral, and their "stories". Seeing is as much the subject as the seen.
She lives with partner Harold McHugh and many animals in Santa Ynez. Interactions with two daughters and their daughters, friends, as well as the beloved extended family, richen her life.


To purchase GO TO: SB Arts Collabortive

There are still prints available from October's edition by Nicole Strasburg (yours truly).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I recommend.....

The wonderfully talented Heidi Swanson.

101 cookbooks

I just received my copy of her first book Super Natural Cooking in the post today. I can't wait to dive into the recipes. She also has her second cookbook ready to publish next April, Super Natural Every Day. She is vegetarian, I am not, but could be swayed by these most delicious looking recipes. Buon Appetito!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The dampness and fog of the summer have leaked in and made a fug of the fall. Looking at things through blurry, fuzzy, somnambulant haze leaves me wordless and somewhat anxious knowing the holidays are starting, kicking off this weekend with all hallows eve.

Instead of ignoring writing duties and wishing I were full of pithy, erudite things to say... I will start with offering up some local, and not so local, favorites who are not tongue tied at present or in a sleepy narcoleptic mood.

The lovely Lily & Louise
The fabulous Monica Wiesblott
The charming Camilla Engman
The ever inventive Amy Karol
Super crafty fun at Sublime Stitching

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Art in the Parks

ART REVIEW : Art Inspired by County Parks - In the current Channing Peake Gallery exhibition, 'Art in the Parks,' artists show how natural spaces manifest creatively

Santa Barbara News Press, Scene Magazine, Friday, October 15, 2010

Courtesy photos




October 15, 2010 6:48 AM


When: Through Feb. 18, 2011

Where: Channing Peake Gallery, County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu St.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Information: 568-3990,

Even in Santa Barbara's relativity relaxed urban setting, parks can seem like God-sent oases. We cherish the open fields, lawns, vegetation and undeveloped acreage that are open to the public and regard park land as a hedge against civic claustrophobia. We breathe easier just knowing the park system is in place.

Or perhaps this is a romanticized vision, encouraged by the considerable wealth of inviting, preserved and government-kept park spaces in the county. We're spoiled, in a sense, and loving it. The same can be said for the artists in the group exhibition "Art in the Parks" at Channing Peake Gallery. The show's assorted visions have channeled inspirations from county parks into inventions suitable for framing.

This gathering of works uses various media and is spread out over many county park sites. Curator Scott Canty, from the Los Angeles County Municipal Art Gallery, is an objective outsider, allowing him to view the entries without fear or favor. The end result is a show well-stocked with some fresh faces alongside other, more locally recognized artists.

Not incidentally, this exhibition also serves as a showcase for the properties being dealt with, showcasing the diversity of topography and terrain in the county park system, including beaches and in-land sites. The creek-sided Rocky Nook Park's quasi-forested and cloistered feel is nicely captured in Nancy Taliaferro's detailed but also dark and moody paintings.

By contrast, Nicole Strasburg brings her inspired minimalist attentions to light, forming a lean, luminous mystery to the Goleta estuary at twilight. Goleta Beach is viewed differently through the artistic prisms of Mary Frederick's faux folk art style and Allan P.C. Liu's fine and more traditional way with watercolor.

Noah Erenberg livens up the show with his lovely and lively primitive touch, moving down the coast a bit to Isla Vista Beach Park, which is more underappreciated and rarely painted by the area's plein air gang. Somehow, we've consigned that fine spread of beach to I.V. student follies, "Floatilla" and other activities off to the side of natural and artistic reverie.

A more popular site for artists is Arroyo Burro Beach (aka "Hendry's" for those in the local know), which is given an appealing twist in style and perspective in Carolyn Hubbs' "Arroyo Burro From Above," a spare, airy color patchwork in watercolor.

Photography takes varied turns in the show. Julie Harris shows intriguing images, including the study in blue and white, "Dune Ripples," from the famed Guadalupe Dunes. The dunes are a magical site, beloved by Cecil B. DeMille and Edward Weston, whose classic nude/dune shots are among fine art photography's greatest anagram-related works. Arroyo Burro Beach is envisioned in fog-enshrouded lyricism by Kate Connell, while Roe Anne White focuses on the visual poetry of reflective ocean surfaces.

In a distinctly different and more realistic direction, Hilda Kilpatrick's "Rincon Beach Seascape" is a large canvas, solid and evocative of the reddened, rocky and less-trodden area of the Rincon. And what's this? Across the lobby, we find Marcia Burtt's ruggedly beautiful paintings of the North County's Orcutt Ranch, a place I have yet to experience, but now feel compelled to seek out.

Such is the nature of inspired art about nature, implicitly promoting the places we ponder. Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, whose art helped secure Yosemite and the U.S. National Parks system, knew the truism well, and the effect now prevails on a local level, as well.
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