70th Anniversary of World War II’s D-Day Event Will
Honor Four Local Men Who “Stormed Normandy”
Honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with the Channel City Club, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) has created another vibrant living history event in the “70 Years On” series commemorating important dates from World War II. This year’s luncheon and symposium, on Thursday, May 8 at Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort from 11:30a – 1:30p, will have four local men who were “The Boys Who Stormed Normandy” - Bob Forties, Frank Johnson, Sal Perez and Art Petersen. In addition to the veterans, Consuls General from our Allies – France & Belgium will also be at the luncheon to speak to the importance of D-Day. This is always a sell-out event, so call or e-mail for tickets now. Tickets are $40. RSVP to (805) 884-6636 no later than Monday, May 5 or e-mail: email@example.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Phil Conran, Board president for PCVF stated, “Winston Churchill called the Normandy Invasion the most difficult and complex military operation ever undertaken in the history of the world. Now, seventy years later I can state it was still the most complex military combat operation every undertaken and will probably be for the rest of this world.” Conran will serve as M.C. for the event.
John Blankenship, co-founder of PCVF noted the importance of D-Day, “Next to the Moon landing, it was the largest most monumental operation in history. D-Day took a million people to plan every aspect of the invasion. All of our Allies worked alongside us in planning the attack on Hitler’s “Fortress Europa”, a.k.a The Atlantic Wall. More than 170,000 men were part of the full force attack from land, sea & air. D-Day was the real beginning of the end of World War II.”
Available only at this event, we’ll have the book “The Fighting Fox Company” by Terry Poyser and Bill Brown. The story of the men who fought directly alongside the “Band of Brothers” as the spearhead of American’s combats in Europe. Art Petersen was part of Fox Co. and so is included in this true tale. Petersen has autographed each book to make it that much more special.
Confirmed Consuls General from our Allies will be present to talk briefly about their countries contribution to D-Day – from Belgium Rudi Veestraeten and from France, Axel Cruau. Invitations to our other allies to participate, Canada & Britain, are yet to be confirmed.
According to the Winston Churchill website, it states “The Normandy invasion aimed to establish the Allied armies in German-occupied Europe. Operation Overlord, as it was called, was the largest amphibious operation in history. The initial landing was on 6 June 1944 and after hard fighting, the Allied breakout occurred in late July.
“Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on June 6 came from Canada, the Free French Forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal Norwegian Navy.
“The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks, naval bombardments, early morning amphibious landings on five beaches codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, and Sword and during the evening the remaining elements of the parachute divisions landed. The "D-Day" forces deployed from bases along the south coast of England, the most important of these being Portsmouth.” (www.winstonchurchill.org)
“70 Years On: the Boys Who Stormed Normandy” will take place on Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 am at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Please RSVP no later than Monday, May 5 to (805) 884-6636 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is a collaboration of the Channel City Club and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation.
(SANTA BARBARA, CA) Relationships, mid-life crisis and ties of friendship are at the center of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies powerful and often hilarious story in TIME STANDS STILL. Sarah Goodwin, a globe-trotting photojournalist, has just returned home from the battlefields of Iraq, having been critically injured by a roadside bomb while covering a story. Sarah’s boyfriend, James, a foreign correspondent himself, is terrified about the possibility of losing her and guilt-ridden about leaving her in harm’s way shortly before the attack.
Producer-Director Peter Frisch directs the production, running May 2 through May 10 at Center Stage Theater in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, the center of downtown. This Broadway-hit play is a smart and insightful look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war. The play’s subtle shifts in personal relationships against a background of violent world events provide a deeply moving journey for audiences.
TIME STANDS STILL offers an authentic journey into the experiences of those who have been shaken by the effects of war; and most especially for those who have witnessed it up close and personal- as did the play’s lead character Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist assigned in Iraq. She notes in a dialogue that hits the ear as real, “When I look through that little rectangle…Time stops. It just…All the noise around me…Everything cuts out. And all I see…is the picture.” The New York Times said, “Time Stands Still crackles with bright wit and intelligence.”
The Producing Unit evolved out of the advanced/professional class of The Frisch Studio. Last year the company produced God of Carnage, the Tony Award-Winning play by Yasmina Reza. Professional actors from the Studio are matched with outstanding members of the regional acting pool to create first-rate productions of cutting edge works featuring performances that plumb beneath the surface and offer surprising and powerful experiences for viewers. Two more productions are currently in The Producing Unit pipeline, including a short film.
TIME STANDS STILL features Ivy Vahanian, Bill Egan, Janelle Odair, and Thom Zimerle, whose credits include Broadway, LA film and TV and the regional theatre. Mr. Frisch has directed 160 productions in New York and regional theatre; additionally he has produced 150 hours of network television. He is best known in the area for supervising the restoration of the Granada Theatre and it’s grand re-opening.
Production dates and times for TIME STANDS STILL are May 2 through 11 with a preview performance May 1. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday & Saturday; matinees on Sunday, May 4 and Saturday, May 10 @ 2:30 p.m. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo on the second floor arts complex. Box Office is open Wed. – Sat. 12 noon to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to all shows. You can purchase your tickets online 24/7 at www.centerstagetheater.org as well. Box Office phone (805)963.0408. Center Stage is wheelchair accessible and has the assistive listening system in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
Note: online sales subject to $1.50 surcharge/ no add’l charges for phone or in person
ABOUT: A tale of relationships, mid-life crisis, and the ties of friendship. From Pulitzer Prize-winner
Donald Margulies a powerful and often hilarious play set in the present. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her exhilarating career and the comforts of family life.
Center Stage Theater is wheelchair accessible and has the Assistive Listening system in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you need to purchase a ticket at the door.
Eric Kelley Celebrating 35 years as Owner of venerable 112 year old establishment
The Book Den is “the bookstore everyone loves” and you can show your love during the month of April, as Book Den owner, Eric Kelley is celebrating his 35th year as head ‘Denizen’ of Santa Barbara’s downtown bookstore that stocks new, used collectible and hard-to-find. It’s also California’s “oldest used book store” – now 112 years old. Cruise into the long-narrow store with that special ‘book’ aroma and you’ll also find brand new books – hardback and paper – to choose from in the inventory and people who know their stock & trade to help you find the perfect book.
Taking over the store in 1979, Kelley has ridden the highs and lows of the book market through it all - from the big bookstore chains to the internet and back – The Book Den survived. No small feat considering the tsunami of competition. In 2010, when big box bookstores failed, it made The Book Den the largest bookstore downtown. Kelley actively added new books to the inventory. Now the store sells an equal amount of old and new books. “It’s around 50/50,” said Kelley. “I’m so glad to still be in business 35 years later and really want to let everyone in town know we stock the latest best-sellers now as well as new books in paperback.” Kelley noted, “Under 10% of all books sold are sold in independent bookstores like this” – given those odds it’s even more impressive and a testament to his tenacity The Book Den is still serving book fans.
The Book Den will be part of First Thursday on April 3, from 5 – 8 pm put on by the Downtown Organization. We invite you to join us and discover why the oldest used bookstore in California is still around and why it is “the bookstore everyone loves” – it’s the people who make the store special.
for art show/fundraiser at Bacara Resort on Easter Weekend
SANTA BARBARA, CA:The Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC) and the Naples Coalition along with Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) and Reeve Woolpert, fine art photographer, will hold an art exhibition/fundraiser on Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19, 2014 at the Bacara Resort & Spa. This two-day exhibit of more than 100 works of art, painted and photographed on the Gaviota Coast, will assist both the Naples Coalition and GCC to raise funds and awareness in their ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain the beautiful rural character of our rare and open coastline. Last year’s show was tremendously successful with more than $14,000 raised for the two conservation non-profits. Admission is free to the exhibition. Everyone is welcome, and those who do RSVP will get a free glass of wine at the reception. (Contact email@example.com to RSVP). SCAPE artists will donate 40% of the sale price of their art to the GCC and Naples Coalition to assist in these efforts. This is the second year for this exhibition and is unique for SCAPE in that photographer Reeve Woolpert and his fine art photography is included in the show.
An auction will be part of the first day – from 1 pm till 7:30 pm you can bid on a host of wonderful items with values from $60 to $900 to priceless. Live music from Susan & Sierra Reeves, Bruce Goldish and Paull E. Rubin & Guinness Brothers will entertain during the reception. This is a ‘Juried Show” with well-known and respected plein air artist John Iwerks serving as juror. Prizes will be awarded for Best Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, and Pastel along with a Beneficiary’s Choice picked by Save Naples/GCC and the Bacara General Manager Award chosen by Kathleen Cochran who will choose a painting as well as a photograph. Last year Bacara purchased one of the larger canvases, artist Nancy Davidson’s “Bacara at Haskell’s Beach” and is on display in the lobby of the exclusive resort. Raffle tickets for an overnight stay and spa treatment at Bacara with a bottle of fine wine, are only $5 and will be sold both days. Drawing is on Saturday @ 3:30pm (you need not be present to win). Kathleen Cochran, general manager of Bacara Resort & Spa, added, “Bacara is honored to call the Gaviota Coast our home. We have pledged our full support to organizations such as the Gaviota Coast Conservancy for the important work they do to preserve the beautiful rural character of this coastline."
"The upcoming SCAPE Art Show will expose our community to the beauty of the Gaviota Coast, and Naples in particular, as seen through the eyes of artists," says Phil McKenna, President of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. "These talented artists are adept at capturing the emotions of being there, and their inspiring works will offer us the opportunity to own beautiful representations of the places which make our community worth living in. Through their art we see what is at stake. Purchasing this art not only furthers the cause of conservation, it enriches the buyer with a reminder of the beauty of this place. Will we preserve this priceless treasure we call the Gaviota Coast, or allow it to become just another commodity in the marketplace, sold to the highest bidder?"
Reeve Woolpert, adds, "My photography is not about me. It is not about roaming from one distant corner of the planet to another to show off my experiences. It is not about bagging the coolest perspectives of exotic places. It is about earnestly discovering the essences and poetry of nearby, familiar subjects returned to time and time again. In the case of threatened Gaviota, is about being moved by the spirit of the place, tripping out on her nature, and having as egoless a creative response as I can. My photography is also about activism and embracing home ground."
Donna Moser, President of SCAPE, describes the motivation of SCAPE artists for helping preserve the Gaviota Coast, "As many of our natural and beautiful landscapes and seascapes are on the verge of disappearing, SCAPE is dedicated to sharing the beauty of these areas through their art with the hope of preserving them. It is important to keep a place where the original California can still be seen by preserving it for the public."
Visions of the Gaviota Coast will also include live music on Friday, and on Saturday screenings of a film by Beezhan Tulu “Selma Rubin and Community Life” and Shaw Leonard’s trailer of his newest film “Gaviota, the End of Southern California.” Q+A with the filmmakers will follow the screenings at 11 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.
SYNOPSIS of films: “Selma Rubin and Community Life” When Selma Rubin, the environmental legend in Santa Barbara California, finds out a developer is planning to build 1500 homes in one of the most pristine areas on our planet, she decides to stop him using the power of community and saves the Gaviota Coast. Gaviota Coast by Channel Islands is considered a hot spot and crucial to the overall health of our planet. She activated thousands of responses and put a halt to the developer’s plans. Also screening, the newest trailer of Shaw Leonard’s film “Gaviota, the End of Southern California” which focuses on the Gaviota Coast and it’s importance to the community and the world.
Bacara Resort & Spa is located at 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 (855) 817-9782 www.bacararesort.com/
"Visions Of The Gaviota Coast" Some of the Auction items include:
Island Packers & Aquasports Kayak Adventure Package for two to Santa Cruz Island
Original art Leigh Sparks, Dan Chrynko and Jake Early
One night stay at El Capitan Canyon Resort
Guided hike at Naples for up to 20 people and “Santa Barbara’s Royal Ranchos” book
One session of ‘Owling’ with world class expert Mark Holmgren
Four month subscription to Ellwood Canyon Farms CSA program (Organic produce)…….and many more great auction items
VISIONS OF THE GAVIOTA COAST: Events Schedule:
Friday, April 18
1:00 to 8:00pm– SCAPE Art Show hours
5:00 to 8:00pm – Special Artists Reception with refreshments and live music
Saturday, April 19
10:00am to 5:00pm – SCAPE Art Show Hours
3:30 pm Raffle Drawing
Screenings @ 11am, 1 pm and 4 pm
Q&A with the filmmakers after each screening.
About the Gaviota Coast and the Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC):
The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline. Expanding urbanization has displaced agriculture on fertile coastal plains along Southern California's coastline, reduced public beach access, and stressed coastal watersheds and marine ecosystems. Rapid population growth in the region has led to dramatic loss of native biological diversity, and a general decline in the health of ecosystems we depend on. To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast. Call for more info:(805) 683-3381 http://gaviotacoastconservancy.org/
About SCAPE: SCAPE—Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment—was founded in 2002 and has grown to over 200 members, a diverse group including nationally known and local artists, students, patrons and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. SCAPE’s goals are to have Exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to Increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. Among the non-profits SCAPE has helped raise money for are Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB’s Sedgwick Reserve, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Channelkeeper and Phoenix of Santa Barbara Creek Habitat Restoration program. To date, more than $125,000 has been raised for our local organizations through the end of 2013. GCC and Naples are now added to this list. Nationally known artists are invited to come to Santa Barbara to teach workshops. Averaging 200 members who participate in the Paint-Outs, workshops and exhibitions, members also volunteer as Board Members or Chair positions. SCAPE has three or four exhibits every year and each is juried. Membership is open year-round. Call (805) 570-9195 for info. www.s-c-a-p-e.org
About The Naples Coalition:
The Naples Coalition is a Santa Barbara, California-based public benefit, tax exempt corporation that includes leadership from a number of local non-profit groups including the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club, Santa Barbara Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara Chapter of the Audubon Society, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara County Action Network, and the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara. The Naples Coalition is dedicated to the preservation of the rural character of the Naples property on the Gaviota coast. Call (805) 683- 3381 for more info. www.SaveNaples.org
About the Bacara's "Hearts of Bacara" community partnership program:
Bacara believes hospitality and community service go hand-in-hand. In that spirit, Bacara has instituted “Hearts of Bacara,” a comprehensive program comprised of community partnerships, in-kind donations, cash contributions and volunteered time and talent. To this effect, the Bacara has included the Gaviota Coast Conservancyas one of its community partners to support by hosting this SCAPE fundraising event.Bacara supports the Gaviota Coast Conservancy through educational outreach, fundraisers, art exhibitions, beach clean-ups and the resort’s annual holiday tree that pays homage to the beautiful coastline. For more information on this program, call (855) 817-9782 or visit:www.BacaraResort.com
INFO:Call (805) 683-6631 (Naples) or (805) 689-5053 (SCAPE) (use websites below as well)
WHY: Second Annual show devoted to art focusing on the Gaviota & Naples coastline. SCAPE artists & Woolpert will donate 40% of all sales to benefit the Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coast Conservancy. The Gaviota Coast is the jewel in our backyard. Irreplaceable and endangered, it is the landscape of our ancestors and has much to teach us. The SCAPE artists and photographer Reeve Woolpert are its ambassadors. Don’t miss their vision.
PICKLE ROOM PLANS CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH LOCAL ART EXHIBITION
The Pickle Room is the newest vintage cocktail lounge on the scene in downtown Santa Barbara and it’s getting ready for a sentimental journey into the past with an exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy want to honor the longtime legacy of the Chung Family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Join us on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30pm for the opening of the exhibit and meet the artists. Exhibit will be up through May 1st. On the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse is 4711.
The Pickle Room presents “Jimmy’s Chinatown” Art Show
WHEN: Friday, Jan 31 through Sat., May 31, 2014 - Open Monday – Wed. 4:30 to 11 and till 1 am Thurs – Sat.
COST: Free – do have a classic cocktail to toast the art
ABOUT: An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurantJimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, Jan 31 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. It’s 4711, Year of the Horse.
Artists included (at press time): Gary Chafe, Cyndi Burt, Larry Iwerks, Judith Geiger, Augie Ortiz, John Klippenstein and David Diamant.
(Santa Barbara, CA) It was a full house at the Yacht Club for the annual Holiday Evening dinner Meeting of the local MOWW – The Military Order of the World Wars (12.12.13). Commander of the local chapter, Brig Gen Fred Lopez welcomed everyone and introduced Col. Ed Dewey (USArmy/Retired) for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an Invocation recited by Carol Fritz. And ending with the preamble of the MOWW by Col. Mike Maloco (USAF/Aux).
LTC George Davis (US Army) gave the gathering a status report on the UCSB ROTC Surfrider Battalion, which he heads up. Currently the ROTC has 68 students enrolled in the program and ten of those will be commissioned in June 2014. He noted the Junior class is the largest they’ve had since the mid 1980’s with 17 young men & women. More than a dozen students from the program mixed in with the MOWW members giving the new guard a chance to meet and mingle with the old guard. Lt Col Davis introduced the ROTC students in the house and each got a nice round of applause.
After this, BG Lopez presented the awards. Unable to attend due to illness, Lt. Bernard Drury, USN (Fmr), a 13-year member of MOWW received the “Outstanding Service Award” for his exceptional work on behalf of the Chapter. His responsibilities have included Chapter Surgeon for ten years and Chapter Staff Officer for more than five years. Lt. Druryhas assisted the Commander and staff by serving on various committees. He provided helpful medical advice to Companions via the Chapter’s monthly newsletter.
Dr. Frank Cox was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation and honorary membership in the MOWW for his dedication to documenting the men & women who have served our country in a series of more than 70 stories he did for the Santa Barbara News Press over the last three years. The former SBCC professor in psychology & sociology and author, Cox said, “It is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” He handed out packet to all those in attendance which noted the names of all of the service men & women he wrote up.
The Silver Patrick Henry Medallion and miniature medal was presented to Dr. Kirsten Olson, PhD who Chairs the USCB Veterans Resource Team, recognized for her significant contribution to the cause of Patriotism in our community. As a clinical psychologist working in Counseling and Psychological Services at UCSB she has made a significant difference in the care of our student veterans. Dr. Olsonhas distinguished herself by developing assistance and training programs such as "Boots to Books," "Troops to College," and "Understanding Trauma and PTSD." In presenting the award, Gen Lopez said, “We sincerely appreciate her dedication and service on behalf of our student veterans and is in keeping with goals and precepts of The Military Order of the World Wars.” Dr. Olsonhas truly made a difference.
She was overcome with emotion noting, “This is such a great honor.” Although she never served in the military, she thanked those who taught her about war and it’s aftermath. She thanked her father and grandfather who served in the Navy, as well as her husband Dustin, a colleague on UCSB’s VRT Master Sergeant Jon Parra (US Army/Retired) and John and Hazel Blankenship, co-founders of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Foundation. “Those people taught me how the experience of war builds resilience and I learned what it’s like to climb back after the experience of war. They helped me to grow.” Dr. Olson's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Herman Trabbic werepresent and beaming at the dinner meeting.
The MOWW was established in 1919 to promote the welfare of this nation and provides an opportunity for Officers of all uniformed services to unite in a strong program to promote national security, patriotism, good citizenship and service to country. MOWW has more than 11,000 members in 155 chapters across the U.S. Membership is open to all recognized Commissioned Officers and is also open to spouses and descendants of officers. Going into it’s tenth decade the MOWW has strong ties to the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts recognizing each youth who attains the rank of Eagle Scout or earns the Gold Award, respectively. If you’re interested and eligible to become a member of the MOWW, please contact Major Jose Ramirez at (805)965-5839 or BG Fred Lopez at (805)964-9546. Monthly meetings are held at the Elks Club in Goleta on the third Tuesday of the month.
ABOUT: Features portraits from Between Seer and Seen: Celebrating the Artists of Santa Barbara County paired with original artwork by more than 60 of the 71 artists in the collection. Come meet the photographer of the critically acclaimed coffee table book Between Seer and Seen. Included are artists chosen personally by Halper for his second book on Santa Barbara. In 2010 Halper released his first coffee-table book comprised of portraits of the Santa Barbara County vintners called "Sunlight and Water". Photography has always been a personal mission for Halper and portraiture has been the cornerstone of both his commercial and fine art pursuits since first entering the field in 1989.
(January 10, 2014) The Pickle Room is the newest vintage cocktail lounge on the scene in downtown Santa Barbara and it’s getting ready for a sentimental journey into the past with an exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy want to honor the longtime legacy of the Chung Family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Join us on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30pm for the opening of the exhibit and meet the artists. Exhibit will be up through March 15. On the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse is 4711.
If you have a painting or know an artist who has one, please get your work to Maureen “Mo” McFadden, press agent for the Pickle Room by January 21, 2014. Send an e-file of the art to her @ firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t send an e-file, then drop off a photo of your art at the deli next door to the Pickle Room, Three Pickles, between 2 – 3:30 pm (Pls. note the time is after lunch rush. Art that comes in at other times will not be considered). Include your name, phone and email information so we can get back to you.
Included in the mix already are Gary Chafe’s painting of Jimmy’s (seen on the t-shirt currently for sale and included here) along with John Klippenstein’s watercolor and Augie Ortiz’s commissioned work - all hanging in the bar now and Judith Geiger’s silk painting from the 1990’s from a private collection. Paintings should be no larger than 36” x 36”.
The owners will select up to a dozen paintings to be hung in the bar from Chinese New Year, Friday January 31 through March 15. Opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, Jan 31 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. The Pickle Room, 126 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 open Monday thru Saturday 4:30 to 11 (Mon-Wed) and to 1 am Thurs – Sat. (805) 965-1015. www.facebook.com/PickleRoom
For more info on the art show, or for photos of art, please call Mo McFadden at (805) 689-5053 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
ABOUT: Celebrating 38 remarkable years of creating and presenting professional dance, SBDT presents an exciting program of mixed styles & sounds. Two dynamic and entertaining new Pilafian dance works feature music by Rachmaninoff and a classic R+B group. José Limón’s world-renowned masterpiece, “The Moor’s Pavane,” completes the program and is sure to stir the soul. The company takes a major leap forward in this not-to-be-missed production.
ACCESSIBILITY: Please call the Ticket Office to make arrangements about wheelchair seating, special needs seating, and assisted listening systems.
WHAT: “BETWEEN SEER and SEEN: Celebrating the Artists of Santa Barbara County” Book Signing + Sale for FIRST THURSDAY plus, FREE Limited edition posters signed by artist
WHEN: Thursday, January 2, 2014 From 5 pm – 8 pm
WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store - 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
ABOUT: Come meet the photographer of the critically acclaimed coffee table book “Between Seer and Seen.” Included are 71 local artists chosen personally by Halper in his second book on Santa Barbara. Interspersed with still life photos of the tools of an artist complemented by quotations from the famous and infamous. In 2010 Halper created his first coffee-table book of portraits of the vintners of Santa Barbara called "Sunlight & Water." Photography has always been a personal mission for Halper and portraiture has been the cornerstone of both his commercial and fine art pursuits since first entering the field in 1989. Come and get your free limited edition signed poster only on First Thursday!
SB News Press called the photos "intimate, graceful, soft-focus portraits"
"Wonderfully iconic photographic portraits of Santa Barbara artists.” Santa Barbara Magazine
Santa Barbara’s Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Foundation
Sets Weekend Full of Events to Thank & Honor All Veterans
Special Guest is Best-Selling Author + Vietnam Veteran
(October 20, 2013/Santa Barbara, CA) Marking the 94th observance of Veterans Day, the weekend of November 9 &10 in Santa Barbara will have four unforgettable events presented by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Foundation (PCVM) for everyone to attend and honor all veterans. In addition to the three free community events - marathon, concert & parade - the 18th annual Military Ball will take place on Saturday evening at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort and is open to the public for the price of a ticket (RSVP deadline11.1.13). This year’s keynote speaker is Karl Marlantes, best-selling author and Rhodes scholar who will be interviewed on stage by Peter Bie, president of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (#218). Both men served two tours in that war. The high profile event, which usually draws more than 500, will salute Col. James Pattillo presenting him with PCVM’s ‘Greatest Generation’ Award. On Sunday at noon, Marlantes and Pattillo will be joined by numerous local veterans’ organizations, active duty military as well as ROTC and Sea Cadets among many others in vintage military vehicles from various conflicts for the annual Veterans Day Parade down State Street. Don’t miss the 18 vintage aircraft doing multiple flyovers in different formations best seen from Cabrillo Blvd. yet visible from all over town at the parade’s end. Just look up when you hear the distinctive roar of the engines. The annual free concert starts at 2:30 pm at the beautiful First Presbyterian Church (21 E. Constance St.) will wrap up the PCVM activities with a flourish.
Pierre Claeyssens, a philanthropist born in Belgium who passed away here in Santa Barbara in 2003, designated the seed money to bring to life the vision he had of a museum that would salute all veterans. His vision has grown guided by the leadership of co-founders Lt. John W. Blankenship (USN) & his wife, Hazel Blankenship and the board of directors. “Wanting to give the veterans of Santa Barbara County and beyond, thanks and acknowledge their service will ‘never be forgotten’ is the tenet we hold near and dear,” said Lt. Blankenship.
If you’re a runner, get a good running start on the weekend with the Santa Barbara Int’l Veterans Marathon (now in its fifth year). Officials have dedicated the last mile of the sanctioned marathon to the Veterans. Official marathon runners’ shirts will have the words: “The first 25 miles are for me, the last mile is for Veterans.” Residents and visitors are encouraged to line the last mile of the race – starting at the intersection of Cliff Drive & La Marina Drive (@Shoreline Park) down the hill to Santa Barbara City College La Playa Stadium which will be festooned with flags, banners, balloons and military vehicles. We want to have as many people to come out and cheer the veterans and runners on for the final and hardest mile. Runners’ registration info is online at www.sbimarathon.com. Deadline for registration will be at the Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, November 8th at the Earl Warren Show Grounds. Drawing runners from all over the U.S. and world, full race starts @ 7:30 am at Dos Pueblos HS in Goleta while half marathon runners will begin at 7:15 am at Page Youth Center on Hollister Avenue. BOTH the full and half marathon will have four T-34s flyover to mark the start of their respective races and again will do a flyover at the Veteran’s Mile around 9:45am near the stadium in two passes – the final one a salute to veterans who lost their lives in conflict called “The Missing Man” formation. Race organizers anticipate at least 300 of the runners to be veterans or active duty personnel. Returning to the marathon will be the 25-member National Guard Team of Elite Runners, led by Michael Hagen, SFC as the NGB Marathon Coordinator. They hail from ten different states (PA, WI, MA, IL, WA, OH, UT, MD, ND, and NE). Hagen was based at Port Hueneme in 2001 and is looking forward to coming back to the area. Select Staffing is the major sponsor of the race. For info on road closures along the course, please check www.sbimarathon.com.
Stars & bars come out in force on Saturday evening for the 18th Annual Military Ball that begins at (17:00 hours) 5 pm at Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort where you can mix & mingle, enjoy a delicious steak & shrimp dinner and then dance those calories off to the Swing Shift Band under the direction of Bob Hensen. Local favorite, Anna Abbey is the pianist for the cocktail hour and there will be swing dance instruction at the beginning of the evening as well. At a jaunty 103 years old, Army veteran Pvt. First Class Bea Abrams Cohen, who attended last year’s Ball and was a huge hit with everyone she talked with, returns to the Military Ball to lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. She is the oldest living female World War II Veteran in the State of California, and possibly the Nation. Bea is one of the few people alive today who witnessed the beginning of World War I in 1914, when, at age four, she and her brother, sister and mother watched while low-flying airplanes dropped bombs on the factories next to her backyard in Buhush, Romania. Special guest and keynote speaker is Karl Marlantes – a highly decorated veteran who will discuss his experience in Vietnam that left him with PTSD symptoms decades after the war ended and how he has moved through this devastating reality. This year, Peter Bie will interview Marlantes to bring a new dynamic to the event. Karl was a Marine officer from 1968 to 1972 and served in Vietnam from October 1968 to October 1969, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. He graduated from Yale University in 1967 and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. After leaving Vietnam, Marlantes returned to Oxford where he continued his graduate education, earning a masters degree in philosophy, politics and education. He worked as a business consultant for various international energy companies. Local resident and honored veteran from World War II, Col. James Pattillo will receive “The Greatest Generation Award 2013” from the PCVM. Pattillo entered the service as a cadet in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and retired a Colonel. He flew 16 combat missions during WWII as commander of a B-29 with 11 crew members. Representing the new generation of warriors is Captain Carolyn Alexa Wagnild a United States Army Apache Helicopter pilot who was the Squadron XO of Delta Company and graduated in 2006 from UCSB ROTC Surfrider Battalion with a degree in global studies. Capt. Wagnild returns to perform the Missing Man Formation Service at the Ball to honor Navy pilot Landon Jones, from Lompoc, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash while attempting to land on the deck of the USS William P. Lawrence in the Red Sea. Hazel Blankenship, co-founder of PCVM announced, “The entire Jones family is coming to the Annual Ball and Landon’s photo will be up behind Alexa when she does the Missing Man Ceremony. They are thrilled and so are we!!! Another of our “local” heroes and they all deserve the honoring of their son and brother.” Reservations are required to the Military Ball no later than 11.1.13 – RSVP@pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.com or call (805) 966-1660.
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum has assembled an impressive set of ground & air troops for a most memorable weekend. Everyone will be “looking up” for this year’s Veterans Day Parade, beginning at 12 noon with several helicopters to open it and at the close with an astonishing array of 18 vintage & modern aircraft in multiple flyover formations. Some of the aircraft include helicopters, P-51’s; a B-25; a C-47; four or more US T-34s and several Yaks 9s, a.k.a. Nanchangs. The WWII Army jeep, fondly named "Pierre" from Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library Foundation, leads the parade driven by co-founder of PCVM & a Vietnam Navy pilot, John Blankenship accompanied by Karl Marlantes (featured keynote speaker at the Ball). Present and accounted for on State Street, the Veterans Day Parade will have nearly 200 participants and includes members from all of the armed forces; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, UCSB’s ROTC Surfrider Battalion, and the Merchant Marines. Veteran's Day Parade starts at the 1400 block of State (@ Sola St.) and will head south down State St., turning west on Cabrillo Blvd. where it finishes at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 112. W. Cabrillo Blvd. Parade will have 15 to 20 military vehicles from many different eras to anchor the parade. Many of the vehicles will be parked along Cabrillo Blvd. for an hour or two after the parade. This annual Veteran’s Day Parade is a great way for everyone to come out and salute our veterans and active duty personnel – the warriors – who have served and continue to serve and protect our country.
Concluding the festivities on a high note the free concert at 2:30pm in First Presbyterian Church, corner of State & Constance Sts. will give special honors to Korean War veterans as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War. Produced by PCVM Board member Marilyn Gilbert, the guests on the program include: Brigadier General Fred Lopez (USMC) as featured speaker, his grandson Ryan Marsh will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and John Blankenship will open and close the program complete with a color guard. Westmont College Orchestra conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger joined by the Santa Barbara Choral Society, under the direction of Joanne Wasserman with soloist’s soprano Celeste Tavera and baritone Emil Cristescu complete the program. Monday (11.11) is when the National Holiday is observed. Remember to thank the veterans and active duty military you see this weekend for their service.
For more information about the Veterans Day Weekend events, presented by the PCVM please call (805) 966-1660 or logon to the website or Facebook page for additional info.
Photos are available for all events upon request
“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen…to be forgotten is the worst. – Pierre Claeyssens (1909 – 2003)
WHAT: “BETWEEN SEER and SEEN: Celebrating the Artists of Santa Barbara County” - Book Signing + Sale for FIRST THURSDAY plus, FREE Limited edition posters signed by artist
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013 From 5 pm – 8 pm
WHERE: Granada Books, 1224 State Street
ABOUT: The 71 artist portraits and 14 still life images of Between Seer and Seen reflect on the creative interactions that transform the artist’s view of the world into the physical reality of art. This second coffee table book by Halper also features insightful and humorous quotations from great artists. In 2010 he created his first coffee-table book of portraits of the vintners of Santa Barbara called "Sunlight & Water." Photography has always been a personal mission for Halper and portraiture has been the cornerstone of his fine art, family portrait, and commercial pursuits since first entering the field in 1989. Come and get your free limited edition signed poster on First Thursday!
"Wonderfully iconic photographic portraits of Santa Barbara artists." Santa Barbara Magazine
Santa Barbara News Press called the photos "intimate, graceful, soft-focus portraits"
Come join us when we honor veterans of the Korean War on the 60th anniversary of that Armistice. Live orchestra, choirs, guest speakers, and soloists will make this a concert you won't want to miss. Featuring Westmont Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger, Santa Barbara, Chorale Society, directed by Joanne Wasserman, guest speakers, and more. This concert will close out the round of special Veterans Weekend events produced by PCVML.
This rousing FREE event takes place Sunday November 10th @ 2:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church at State & Constance Sts. in Santa Barbara.
Line State Street with friends and family to salute members from all our armed forces in representing our country's starts and stripes in the annual Veteran's Day parade. All manner of military vehicles and local chapters of veterans will be marching in the parade. At approx. 12:45 pm 18 vintage and modern aircraft will be flying over Cabrillo Blvd. in several classic military formations. Wear your red, white and blue and be sure to say "Thank you for your service" to our active duty & veterans.
The Parade starts at 12 noon on the 1400 Block of State Street to 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
McTavish family opens Santa Barbara Art Foundry Plus Fox Wine Company Tasting Room on site
(Santa Barbara, CA 9/5/13) Announcing the newest, most unique addition to the Santa Barbara art destination scene. It’s the Santa Barbara Art Foundry with a grand opening set for Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 5pm at 120 Santa Barbara St., in the Funk Zone. There’s nothing like it in town. It’s a real fun ‘combo platter’ business and it fits perfectly into the Funk Zone - a newly expanding popular art & wine destination in Santa Barbara for residents and visitors alike. The Foundry will be open daily to the public for tours from 10am to 5 pm. For more information, please check out the website here: www.sbartfoundry.com.
Join in the festivities on Saturday, October 5 and welcome the three-generation family business, Santa Barbara Art Foundry (SBAF) headed up by Ian & Jolie McTavish and their son Andy, which will feature a tour of the foundry, art & wine. Additionally, they plan to have the space available to rent for private parties. On the impending opening, Ian stated, "I have wanted to open our foundry to the public for at least 20 years. It will be fun to share this fascinating process with interested people. Now that our son has graduated from business school, I'm very excited to be expanding the family business, and learning from him too!”
Start with a free tour to see the many steps involved in the way bronze sculptures are created using the “lost wax” method. This manufacturing method can be traced back 4,000 years to ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, South America and Asia. The public tour makes the venture unique - there are only a few art foundries in the world open to the public. All those who take the tour will receive a free glass of wine to enjoy at the conclusion of their molten metal exploration.
Jolie McTavish, co-director of SBAF said, “Visitors will be able to see the process first hand and learn more about the numerous steps involved in the ancient “lost wax” method, used for centuries. They will be able to watch skilled artisans at work, touch the sample sculpture at each stage of production, and see the finished sculpture available for purchase in the adjacent sales gallery.” Guests are sure to come away with a deeper appreciation for the art and how much time and talent go into the creation of every piece.
Andy McTavish, who will serve as the general manager for the Foundry, is the first-generation American, born here in Santa Barbara in 1988. He was recently married to artist Alexandria Moricca and after a year working at the foundry and a year learning the business ropes at the corporate headquarters in Park City UT, they are now making their home in downtown Santa Barbara. "I am really excited to be a part of this project. I feel honored that we are able to represent these amazing artists in a way that will let the public know how much time and effort goes into producing these works of art. I am also excited to bring a new art twist to Santa Barbara."
Fox Wine Company, headed by award-winning winemaker Blair Fox and his wife Sarah, will have their first tasting room in Santa Barbara. Both Santa Barbara natives, Sarah stated, “For the new Fox Wine Company tasting room, we created it with the desire to produce elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and to showcase our beautiful bold Syrah, and unique blends. We are thrilled to introduce this new label and are so happy to be part of the new gallery.” This is the one and only location where you can find these unique wines. They will be made entirely by hand, and minimally handled and processed with the goal of demonstrating the unique qualities of Santa Barbara County. Adding this new label and its wines to the already established “Urban Wine Trail” will be a bonus. Fox Wine Co. Tasting Room will be open on the site Thursdays through Mondays 11 am to 6 pm.
Santa Barbara Art Foundry, a Frogman Signature Gallery is located at 120 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Phone (805) 324-4230.
Like us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/SantaBarbaraArtFoundry.
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ABOUT THE FAMILY McTavish family emigrated from Scotland to Canada and then to Santa Barbara in 1967 where Ian graduated from Santa Barbara HS in 1973. Four years later he started in the family foundry business at Image Casting located in Oxnard that was casting industrial widgets – from hip joints to parts for offshore oilrigs. It was a few years later the foundry started to work with artists. Image continues to produce the varied industrial inventory along with plaques and trophies. In 1994, the family moved to Park City, Utah where they currently reside but with a second home here in Montecito.
Metals are a through-line There are more than a few through lines with metal, sculpture and art that runs in the McTavish clan as well as the Frogman, artist Tim Cotterill. Ian’s father James started in the field of metalworking in Scotland in the 1950s, where he produced the copper tanks for the distillation of Scots whisky. The family also has a business that manufacturers sculpted steel flatware (www.grahamandrewsflatware.com). Ian & Jolie have both participated in Ironman Triathlons - and own an additional company that produces bronze finisher trophies and triathlon sculpture. (www.endurancebronze.com)
Jolie’s father was a sculptor for General Motors where he created full size concept cars out of clay that were then baked in an enormous oven. Cotterill grew up in post-war England, and spent his early years in various fields including welding, which then expanded to building engines and motorcycles. It was when he moved to Venice, CA in the early 1990’s that he really began to focus on creating art and his signature frog sculptures.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS REPRESENTED AT SBAF:
Tim Cotterill, - a.k.a. The Frogman - whose frog sculptures have won him legions of fans & collectors around the world - is the anchor artist for SBAF. His frogs are sure to draw you into their magic. Anyone who loves nature will see the wonder the artist finds in his subjects, (which also used to include owls, geckos and koi). Tim’s frog sculptures are sold in more than 130 art galleries worldwide. One look and you’ll understand why.
Cotterill's bronze frog sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. Tim said, "Through the centuries and throughout the world, frogs have symbolized many things - good luck, royalty, fertility, magic potions, energy, and charm. In today's fast world, life sometimes becomes complicated and stressful. As you can see, my art is not. It's elegant, stylish, whimsical, unique and pure FUN!” He continued, “As children we were excited to see our first frogs. They made us laugh when they jumped our way! We were curious about the strange way they felt; the odd way they moved and their simple contented look. I used to watch frogs at my pond in England, noting how each one had its own color markings, character and even personality."
Tim, also known as Frogman, was born in Leicester, England, in 1950. He left school at the age of fifteen to complete a six year engineering apprenticeship. Intrigued with metalworking, Tim created radical wheeled vehicles and metal sculptures of animals and birds during the '70s and '80s. His original steel, bronze and gold bird and animal sculptures are in art collections throughout the world. Tim emigrated to California in 1990 where he has since devoted himself solely to the creation of his unique bronze sculptures.
Tim's work is now represented in fine art galleries worldwide. http://www.frogmancollection.com/store/TimCotterillFrogmanBiography-6.html
Erté Fabulous art deco sculptures designed by celebrated artist, set and clothing designer Erté will be in the gallery.
Erté was born Romain Petrovich Tyrtov in Saint Petersburg, to a distinguished family with roots tracing back to 1548. Erté assumed his pseudonym to avoid disgracing the family – it is derived from his initials R.T. Around 1910, he moved to Paris to pursue a career as a designer much to the chagrin of his father who wanted him to continue the family tradition and become a naval officer. In 1915, he secured his first substantial contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine, and thus launched an illustrious career that included designing costumes and stage sets.
Between 1915–1937, Erté designed more than 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar, and his illustrations would also appear in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Illustrated London News and Vogue.
Erté is most famous for his elegant fashion designs which captured the art deco period in which he worked. One of his earliest successes was designing apparel for the French dancer Gaby Deslys who died in 1920. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century. His costumes, program designs, and sets were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, many productions of the Folies Bergère, and George White's Scandals. On Broadway, the celebrated French chanteuse Irène Bordoni wore Erté's designs.
In 1920 he designed the set and costumes for the movie Restless Sex starring Marion Davies and financed by William Randolph Hearst. Five years later, Louis B. Mayer brought him to Hollywood to design sets and costumes for the silent film Paris. There were many script problems, so Erté was given other assignments to keep him busy. Hence, he designed for such films as Ben-Hur, The Mystic, Time, The Comedian, and Dance Madness.
By far, his best known image is Symphony in Black, depicting a tall, slender woman draped in black holding a thin black dog on a leash. The influential image has been reproduced and copied countless times. Erté continued working throughout his life, designing revues, ballets, and operas. He had a major rejuvenation and much lauded interest in his career during the 1960s with the Art Deco revival. He branched out into the realm of limited edition prints, bronzes, and wearable art.
His work may be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a sizable collection of work by Erté can be found at Museum 1999 in Tokyo.
Info pulled from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erté
Ting Shao Kuang Well-known, revered Chinese artist Ting Shao Kuang, whose work is now bringing in record sales numbers since he retired from the art world, will round out the gallery. Ting’s works have been seen in museums around the world.
Ting Shao Kuang was born in 1939 in Chenggu, a village in Northern Province of Shanxi, China. Throughout his career, Ting had been a strong influence within Modern Art for his distinctive Yunnan painting style.
Ting has been repeatedly commissioned by governments of the US & China and organizations within the United Nations to produce paintings – both new paintings for use in specific events such as first day covers as well as limited edition prints from his existing paintings.
Back in 1991, Ting’s painting “White Night” set a new record for the highest amount ever paid for a contemporary Chinese painting for the auctioned price of HK$2.2Million (about US$283,000.00).
Find more at: http://tingshaokuang.net/ or http://tingshaokuang.net/biography/
Santa Barbara Art Foundry is located at 120 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone (805) 324-4230.
Websites for more information:
www.sbartfoundry.com OR www.mcfaddenpr.com
Images are available on the website of the artists work as well as their portraits.
Contact McFadden & McFadden P.R. for photos of the McTavish family.