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Arts and Culture in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara's microclimate is good for a great many things. The cadre of artists, from plein air painters to water photographers, street artists to sketchers, is highly nurtured in Santa Barbara, with local galleries and museums collecting the work of artists both internationally recognized and homegrown. There's an outdoor arts and crafts show every weekend, and new exhibits and openings throughout the year. And thanks to the wealth and generosity of many of its current and former famous residents (Oprah, Rob Lowe, Jeff Bridges, Ellen DeGeneres, Armie Hammer) Santa Barbara's cultural institutions rival those of major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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11 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
In 2017, longtime gallery employee Nathan Vonk took over from Frank Goss and Patricia Sullivan Goss, the original owners of Goss Sullivan who built their gallery around American art and devoted their time and knowledge to...
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1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
No West Coast museum owns more Monet paintings than the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which boasts 27,000 works within its collection. The museum punches well above its weight for one located in a city of 92,000, with works from...
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125 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Words like "ignite," "curiosity," and "spark" fly around MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, where interaction is not only possible but encouraged. There's a walk-through giant guitar (to see how sound works), a...
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236 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Every Sunday on Santa Barbara's beachfront, artists who live in Santa Barbara County display and sell their drawings, paintings, graphic works, sculpture, crafts, and photography. The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show is...
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1114 State St #9, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
For three decades the owners of the Waterhouse Gallery have been tracking painting trends and what buyers want, seeking out new talent and representing up-and-coming artists and painters from the Western states. Focusing heavily on...
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15 W Gutierrez St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Just off State Street, the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery has a light and relaxed vibe that welcomes serious buyers and the art curious alike to come in off the beach. Fine art dealers since 1984, the gallery specializes in fresh, provocative,...
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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

Among California's 21 Spanish missions, the late-18th-century national landmark Mission Santa Barbara is considered the "queen of the missions." Those interested in early California history will also want to stop by the whitewashed, red...