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10 West Gallery
10 West Anapamu Street, 805-770-7711

“Summer's Muse” features contemporary paintings and sculptures by local artists Laurie MacMillan, Iben Vestergaard, Karen Zazon, Jo Merit, Eugene Galles, Madeline Garrett, Marlene Struss, Pamela Grau, Patrick McGinnis, Diane Giles, and Patricia Post. Exhibit open through July 11. (Image: “The Thinker” by Patricia Post)

Blissful Boutiques Summer Store
621 Paseo Nuevo

Blissful Boutiques Summer Store will be open July 2nd - August 6th (Wednesday - Sunday). One of our featured vendors is Trinidad3Jeans. GQ Magazine recently featured actor Sam Ashgari wearing Trinidad’s jeans on the cover of their June edition. We have many other amazing vendors as well. Come check us out!

Channing Peake Gallery
105 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor, 805-568-3990

Come view the Santa Barbara Art Association’s exhibition “Stepping Out.” This diverse and exuberant 2-dimensional exhibition highlights 60 works by local artists. “Stepping Out” invites the viewer to reflect outside the pandemic’s shadow.

CPC Gallery
36 East Victoria Street, 805-957-4200

Enjoy local artist Nancy Freemans' solo exhibition with guitarist Chris Judge and saxophonist Colin Richardsons’ exquisite music. Ms. Freemans' oil paintings are a skillful interpretation of the beauty of her world. Mr. Judge and Mr. Richardson's duet will enhance your experience with jazz and pop.

1221 State Street, Suite 7, 805-324-4971

domecíl presents Santa Barbara-based artist, garden designer, and poet Gudrun Bortman who will display her beautiful and truly unique fabric paintings. Also, don’t miss the chance to purchase work from a local master woodworker, Ben Kenan, who will offer his handmade cutting boards and other wooden home goods.  

Engel & Völkers
1323 State Street, 805-342-0227

Join Engel & Völkers for music by DJ Darla Bea, fine wine, and hors d'oeuvres! Featuring artwork from the unique collection of House of Jisan - a modern tapestry house devoted to the curation and creation of woven textile art from the 1900s to the present. Supported by Indian Pink, Berryman, and Roxanne Dorée.

Faulkner Gallery
40 East Anapamu Street, in the SB Public Library

The Santa Barbara Art Association presents a show juried by Fran Collin of diverse original artwork by some of its 500 members. This is the 70th Anniversary for SBAA! (Image: “Pelican” by Chris Pronezano)

Flight 805
1000 Block of State Street, in the Promenade Market, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Flight 805 is a journey through classic music that defines high-energy, danceable rock, including greats such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Aerosmith. Your flight crew for this high-flying experience includes Tom Banigan (bass & vocals), Todd Gamble (lead guitar & vocals), Geoffrey Gray (drums), and Mike Morse (guitar & vocals).

Frequency Wine Company
804 Anacapa Street, 805-770-3069

Take an evening to nourish your soul on our Historic Presidio Patio. Experience energized wines, elevate to live music, and enjoy tasty bites as we celebrate our inaugural 1st Thursday pop-up!

Gallery 113
1114 State Street, La Arcada Court #8, 805-965-6611

Santa Barbara Art Association members exhibit here. The artist of the month is Wendy Brewer showing her mixed media mosaic pieces. Featured artists are Virginia Kamhi, Deidre Stietzel, Charlotte Mullich, Chris Provenzano, and Sue Slater. Many other members showcase their art in a variety of media in the group show.

Game Night at Paseo Nuevo
De La Guerra Place, 801 State Street

It's game-on at Paseo Nuevo’s GAME NIGHT, a free night of fun for the whole family! Challenge friends and family at gaming stations throughout the courtyard; jumbo chess, jumbo Jenga, hands-free VR games from MOXI Museum, corn hole, bocce ball, open roller-skating section with music, plus fun surprises!

Helena Mason Art Gallery
48 Helena Avenue, 805-341-0419

Join us for the opening reception of “COLLECTION TWO” inspired by pop art. Artwork by Andy Warhol, John CRASH Matos, THE SKATEROOM, and Yoshitomo Nara. Also, presenting local artists Wallace Piatt, Nicole Delesalle, Josh Soskin, Chris Gocong, Rod Lathim, Lisa Trivell, and Gigi Crisa. Enjoy special libations, sparkling water, and music.

Idyll Mercantile
703 Chapala Street

Plants and their people! This 1st Thursday we are celebrating our community with an interactive exhibition for you to share your story with plants. Enjoy live music, beer, and a photo booth. Look forward to seeing you there!

La Paloma Café
702 Anacapa Street, 805-966-7029

Ruairi, originally from Ireland, operates the Visitor Center in Santa Barbara. He is an artist with an emphasis on sculpting but started painting portraits of people 3 years ago. He paints people in the community who inspire him in the fields of social justice, or artists and musicians.

1221 State Street, Suite 24, 805-892-7335

Take a summer stroll to LONETREE in Victoria Court! Sip on a glass of Kompas Club wine while you enjoy beautiful décor and conversation. We have new lighting, art, and more. We look forward to seeing you!

Maune Contemporary
1309 State Street, 805-869-2524

Please join us for “Wish You Were Here” a solo exhibition of Tel Aviv-based artist, Orit Fuchs. This is a great opportunity to view Orit's paintings and digital works. Hope to see you there!

Museum of Contemporary Art
653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Terrace, 805-966-5373

Enjoy happy hour with art, music, and friends at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara during Curated Cocktails -- a popular culture and libations series, presented in conjunction with Downtown Santa Barbara’s monthly 1st Thursday series.

Peter Horjus Studio
11 West Figueroa Street, in the Walter Claudio Building, 805-962-8885

From blossoms to baseball artworks, come see Peter's beautiful new studio/gallery and help celebrate his inaugural 1st Thursday event! Wine and good times served. 

Santa Barbara Art Works
28 East Victoria Street, 805-260-6705

The Harbor Show's Brian Maclaren teaches watercolor at SBAW. Brian is also a crew coach at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Brian was inspired by the sights of the Harbor and used this inspiration to teach his class and paint the many featured watercolor paintings. Enjoy music and art by 20 other artists.

Santa Barbara Fine Art
1321 State Street, 805-845-4270

Join us to celebrate our 5-year Anniversary! Serving cake, premium wine, and champagne. Enjoy the Michael Drury exhibition Far and Near, plus 15 local landscape artists, and Bud Bottom marine sculptures. 

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East de la Guerra Street, 805-966-1601

Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days In celebration of 98 years of Fiesta, explore our exhibition featuring beautiful costumes, posters, and historical photos. Always family-friendly. 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, 805-963-4364

Join SBMA for Family 1st Thursday in the Family Resource Center (5:30 - 7:30 pm) for a Teaching Artist-led activity for the whole family. Experiment with composition, color, and texture by creating a collage of boldly-hued and patterned squares on black paper. Afterward, enjoy the galleries until 8:00 pm.

513 Garden Street

“Splintered Reverie” celebrates the volatile imagination of Lora Wereb and her work as an experimental photographer. Enjoy delicious Indian entrees by Nimita’s Cuisine and jubilant beats by Grease Withaspoon. Then, once night falls experience projected artwork by The Environment Makers. A tribute to Lora’s life and adventures begins at 8:00 pm.

SBIFF’S Santa Barbara Filmmaker Screening Series
SBIFF Education Center, 1330 State Street

This month we are featuring Nicole Noren’s BETSY & IRV. In this story of survival, an unexpected hero provided help as Betsy confronted a predator, an institution, and a justice system. Showtimes are 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:00 pm. Runtime: 16 minutes.

State Street Promenade Market
1000 Block of State Street, 3:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us every 1st Thursday on the 1000 Block of State Street, between Carrillo and Figueroa streets. Shop local from businesses and crafters alike, as well as enjoy food from surrounding restaurants, and LIVE performances by local artists!

Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery
11 East Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460

Join us for the opening reception for tandem solo shows by Leslie Lewis Sigler, and Mary-Austin Klein. Also on view: Patricia Chidlaw - The Pool Show, and our Summer Salon.

The Art Crawl
1130 State Street, 5:30 PM

One of Art Crawl’s original founders, Andi Garcia is a passionate warrior for Santa Barbara arts. She is the perfect person to track down hidden gems, and off-the-beaten-track locations for this curated Art Crawl. Meet Andi at the steps to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at 5:30 pm, and wear comfy shoes so you can crawl in comfort. 

Waterhouse Gallery
1114 State Street, La Arcada Court #9, 805-962-8885

The Gallery features figurative works, interiors, and cityscapes, by some of today’s finest nationally known local and Oak Group artists. Enjoy works by Ray Hunter, Derek Harrison. Wyllis Heaton, Camille Dellar, Ann Sanders, Thomas Van Stein, Nancy Davidson, Rick Garcia, Ellie Freudenstein, and Ralph Waterhouse.

Wylde Works
609 State Street

Wylde Works presents plein air paintings of the Santa Barbara coast. Spencer the Gardener performs songs for the kiddos from his album "Organic Gangster" (5:00 pm) plus more live music throughout the night. Wylde Works, Culture and Curious Drinks.


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