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

"Summer’s Bounty": With eleven local and regional artists, this show features contemporary abstraction, figurative, surrealism, realism and points in between. Media includes painting, photography and both steel and ceramic sculpture. Through September 19. (Image: Pacifica #3 by Tom Peck)

After Hours at The Good Lion
1212 State Street, 805-845-8754

After partaking in the art and cultural happenings at your favorite 1st Thursday venues, head over to The Good Lion for the official 1st Thursday AFTER HOURS. Enjoy a delicious craft cocktail, relax with friends and loved ones, and listen to some great tunes. (21+ only)




Board & Brush Creative Studio
31 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-792-9603

Board & Brush invites you to see their brand-new Creative Art studio. Come by and enjoy a $5 glass of local beer or wine and participate in a small “Do it Yourself” wood design project while learning more about their DIY wood sign workshops.

Do No Harm Band
401 Paseo Nuevo, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Do No Harm is a five piece, multi-genre Santa Barbara based band formed in 2007. They’re a locals favorite and “must have” favored dance band for all occasions. Genres include: rock, R&B, soul, Motown, jazz, disco, blues, and country. There’s something for everyone so get ready for some fun!

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

The Santa Barbara Art Association presents a show of diverse original artwork by some of its 500 members in the main gallery. (Image: "Roll with It" by William Banning)

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

Members of the Santa Barbara Art Association exhibit there original artwork here. Linda Nelson is the artist of the month displaying her oils, pastels, and watercolor pieces created from photos and field sketches. Carol Roullard, Dona Wieckowski, Brendan Briggs, and Simone Reddingius are featured artists.

Grassini Family Vineyards
24 El Paseo, 805-897-3366

Located in the historic El Paseo shopping plaza, our tasting room is part of the Wineries of the Presidio Neighborhood. Visit us for 1st Thursday festivities and grab a discounted glass of our award-winning wine.

Maison Santa Barbara
323 Paseo Nuevo

Join us for our grand opening in Paseo Nuevo. Featuring original paintings by Lindsay Nobel. Please come enjoy our collection of fine vintage and antique estate items for your home. We will highlight a new artist each month. Thank you for supporting local shops!

Roar & Pour
1212 State Street, 805-899-2222

Presented in collaboration with The Granada Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, and The Good Lion, Roar & Pour is where downtown Santa Barbara meets the best of local musical talent and delicious cocktails! Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of dancing with Area 51 (6:00 - 8:00 pm). Afterwards, be sure to head into The Good Lion for the official 1st Thursday After Hours party!

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

View two new exhibitions including Sense of Place by Oak Group Member Michael Enriquez, and pastel works by Morgan Green, Terri Taber, Linda Mutti and Kris Buck. Wine and champagne will be available. (Image: “Cattle Run” by Michael Enriquez)

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De La Guerra Street, 805-966-1601

The Museum invites you to visit their exhibitions. Enjoy a glass of wine and dance to live music by Tony Ybarra and Friends in the beautiful courtyard. Always family friendly!

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

Celebrate 1st Thursday in SBMA’s Family Resource Center! Museum Teaching Artists are available from 5:30 - 7:30 pm to help you create brightly colored abstract geometric collages layered with soft shapes in chalk pastel, inspired by Eamon Ore-Giron's “Infinite Regress LXV” (2019). Afterwards, enjoy the galleries until 8:00 pm.

Santa Barbara Visual Artists Fine Art Gallery
101 Paseo Nuevo

SBVA is proud to announce the opening of our newest Art Gallery in Paseo Nuevo. Stop by to experience a professionally curated and spacious art gallery with a wide variety of art from sculptures to paintings.

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

Sullivan Goss welcomes everyone back with the opening of Paper Trails: The Life Story of Great Works of Art, a show chronicling the exciting history of pieces before they get to Sullivan Goss. Also on view, Nicole Strasburg, and Summer Salon II.

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. 

Thomas Reynolds Gallery
1331 State Street, 415-676-7689

Santa Barbara’s newest fine art gallery is now open near the historic Arlington Theater, after 25 years in San Francisco. The gallery presents a rotating exhibition of California art and artists. New this month: Watercolors by Gary Bukovnik. Wear your good shoes and get a free shoeshine on our vintage shine stand.

Tondi Gelato
401 Paseo Nuevo, 805-680-1631

Feast your eyes on edible art at Tondi Gelato! Our all-natural Italian gelato is made on-site, entirely from scratch, using our own recipes and traditional methods. Bring the entire family! Grab a cone and enjoy live music, outdoor games, and a crafting station. Mention 1st Thursday and receive 10% discount (5:00 - 8:00 pm).

Typewriters Unlimited
401 Paseo Nuevo, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Simon Kiefer (aka The Typewriter Guy) will be appearing with his vintage typewriters and encourages visitors to interact with him. He challenges all to play "Stump the Poet." Select a color from a collection of colorful paint chip samples from the hardware store and dare the poet to create a poem on the spot that is based on the color you select. If he fails, you get tipped. If he succeeds, maybe he gets a tip? That's optional, of course, as it's all intended to be in fun. Please look for Simon in costume tonight, channeling his "inner Mouse" - Minnie, that is, not Mickey. If he's not busy typing, Simon might just be dancing to music played by "Do No Harm" nearby. 

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. Join us to enjoy “Local Treasures.” Many artists will be present, with their work on display, including Ray Hunter, Derek Harrison. Wyllis Heaton, Camille Dellar, Ann Sanders, Thomas Van Stein, Nancy Davidson, Rick Garcia, and Ellie Freudenstein. (Image: "Stormy Day” by Ralph Waterhouse)


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