Arts and Culture in Santa Barbara
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.