INSIDE: Photographs of Decommissioned Prisons in Australia

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By Brett Leigh Dicks

May 18 – July 12, 2018

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, May 18, 5-7 pm

INSIDE is an exhibition at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara of compelling, black and white photographs documenting Australian prison facilities that have surpassed their use-by dates.  The Opening Reception with the artist will be held on Friday, May 18 from 5 – 7 pm. All are welcome.

Empty prisons are eerie places where the walls do speak. Etched into the stones is the passing of successive generations of inmates.  Photographer Brett Leigh Dicks demonstrates that every prison has its own history, character, and stories to tell and so too does every cell. But old prisons are not just a reminder of the past, they can also help guide the future.

Brett Leigh Dicks was born in Sydney, Australia and currently resides in Santa Barbara, California. Through fine black and white photography, he investigates the landscape and the tenuous ties it shares with human history. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Europe, and the United States and hung beside photographers as diverse as Ansel Adams, Jeff Bridges, Max Dupain, Lewis Morley, Yoko Ono and Hiroshi Sugimoto.  He is currently a finalist in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Join Us For A Talk About Art!

A Conversation about Creativity and Viscosity Printmaking
with Rosemarie Gebhart, Michael McCabe, and Tony Askew

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery
2:00 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2018
FREE (limited space, please RSVP)

Conversation About Creativity

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present three noted printmakers who delight in viscosity printmaking as they share their personal experiences and knowledge of the technique.  You will discover how each came to embrace this unique type of contemporary printmaking and how their stories are intertwined!

  • Rosemarie Gebhart’s current AFSB exhibition, Unseen and Unheard: Accidental Musings, featuring her vibrant viscosity prints, will close on May 12, 2018.
  • Beloved artist/teacher Tony Askew has taught and exhibited his viscosity prints locally for decades, inspiring and enlivening the Santa Barbara art community.
  • Master printmaker Michael McCabe specializes in viscosity techniques, is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and teaches workshops in Ojai and Goleta.

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High School Design Competition

Our annual 2018 High School Design Competition is rapidly approaching!

Find out more information and register here.

Design Charrette: March 13, Santa Ynez Valley High School
Hwy 246 & Refugio Rd, Old Gym

Finalist Juried Review:   March 17, The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

Pop Up Photography Show: Christopher Broughton

Christopher Broughton: Les Rues de Paris

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

February 19 – March 11, 2018

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present a pop-up show from a Brooks Institute alumnus. Chris Broughton went on to become an educator bringing with him pieces of the Brooks’ legacy to be passed on in his own classrooms. Christopher’s photographic series, “Les Rues de Paris”, features images taken while a faculty member in the Brooks’ Paris summer study-abroad program. Read below his artist statement:

A constant watchman looking past what is seen but anticipating what is about to be revealed.  The work cogitates the mise en scène of the street juxtaposed with the unscripted narratives of humanity.  Charles Nègre was the first to bring the camera to the streets, specifically Paris France in 1851.  Following within the pure roots of tradition and unnoticed observations, Les rues de Paris focuses on the multitudes of independent humanistic narratives interacting within layers of time. The camera’s invasive and subjective nature begins within the frame and its ability to include or exclude. Its subjectivity ends there.  Human interactions individually spontaneous and overlaid with time, allow true visual metaphors to be observed ever so briefly.

The images on display were selected from an exhibit containing 88 images.  The complete collection can be viewed at:  https://www.christopherbroughton.com/les-rues-de-paris/

Rosemarie Gebhart: Unseen and Unheard: Accidental Musings

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 5-7pm

“Unseen and Unheard: Accidental Musings” evolves from Gebhart’s background in science and art history.  Her organic compositions resonate with sumptuous textures and images, meandering line formations and color transparencies.  Each work on paper is a unique, one-of-a-kind viscosity monotype—a printmaking technique that lends itself to the creation of luminous effects, chaos, and turbulence. Over the last decade, the topography of the Southwest influenced her horizons, undulating lines and explosions of color.

Educated first in the health professions, Gebhart then went on to learn art history and printmaking.  After attending Immaculate Heart College, she earned a BA in Art History at the California State University in Los Angeles, followed by art classes in Santa Barbara and workshops in traditional etching techniques at Crown Point Press in San Francisco.  She makes annual visits to Santa Fe to develop her skills in printmaking and is a Docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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KDA Sketch Session at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse!

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara & Kids Draw Architecture 

Saturday, April 14, 1-3pm, 1100 Anacapa Street

Join us for the second Kids Draw Architecture Sketch Session of the year at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse!

Sessions are FREE and drawing materials will be provided.

Local architects, artists, designers, and volunteers will be on hand to offer guidance. We encourage all to come. Bring your children, your nieces, your nephews, your granddaughters, your grandsons and enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon outdoors.

Check our Kids Draw Architecture tab under Educational Programs for more information.

KDA Gallery Opening & Holiday Party

Kids Draw Architecture: Gallery Opening & Holiday Party

December 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

Opening reception: Sunday, December 3, 2017 2-4 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present you the annual Kids Draw Architecture Gallery Opening & Holiday Party.

This year KDA sketched La Cumbre Jr. High school and the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

The exhibition will feature a collection of drawings from KDA’s 2017 program showcasing a representative cross-section of illustrations from all age groups and drawing abilities.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and by appointment (please contact the Executive Director at 805-965-6307).

Madeline Garrett: Industrial Strength


Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

October 3 – November 16, 2017

Industrial Strength connotes “extremely powerful, intense, durable, more concentrated than the standard brand.” In Garrett’s recent work, protests and prayers are woven into multiple layers of hand-painted papers. They also include stenciling, reduction techniques, and torn images from her archive, 30 years in the making, of street photography focused on chaotic urban environments. Demolished walls, raw graffiti, and gritty patterns all make their way into Industrial Strength.

A professional artist for 25 years, Garrett has a degree in Sociology from Eastern University in St Davids, PA. She has traveled and studied art across the country: oil and cold wax techniques in Wisconsin and Ghost Ranch, NM; encaustics and monotype printing in Santa Fe, NM; and painting at The Art Institute of Chicago, thanks to a merit scholarship. Garrett is represented by galleries in Vail and Santa Barbara and has collectors across the country. She paints full-time and teaches workshops in Santa Barbara, CA. For more information please visit www.mgarrettstudio.com.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and by appointment (please contact the Executive Director at 805-965-6307).

 Observed / Observer: Photographs by Matthew Straka

Observed / Observer: Photographs by Matthew Straka

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery

August 18 – September 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Observed / Observer: Photographs by Matthew Straka. The opening reception will take place on Friday, August 18th from 5 to 7pm. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Observed / Observer is a collection of photographs concentrating on California land use and the relationships of individuals with the environment. Straka documents mundane and sublime aspects of the landscape, with a special focus on abandoned and industrial subjects. With the advance of smart phones, he has become intrigued by how ordinary people, situated in everyday surroundings, create unique tableaux and document it using their mobile devices.

Drawing inspiration at an early age from set design and film, specifically disaster and zombie films, Straka was led to search out and explore lost byways and dead ends throughout California, seeking images and scenes that imply unwritten, enigmatic narratives. “That set design of abandonment was a magnet for me. The left-behind shoe, a small pile of trash in an alley, a car left by the side of the road [they] all told stories….This was a different practice for me, trained as a photojournalist: to not include people to tell the story but to rely on the physical evidence instead.”

Within this time frame also came the rise of the cell phone as a means of photography: “It was hard not to include that in my photographs as it was multiplying so fast. It became a counter balance to my increasing body of work of abandonment–people interacting with their surroundings like never before. Living through your screen and sharing it with the world has become the norm and I felt it was necessary to include this in my documentation.”

Matthew Straka is a Santa Barbara native. During the past twenty-six years he has worked as a photojournalist, a commercial photography assistant, and chiefly as a color lab technician. He studied photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and journalism at Santa Barbara City College. His photographs have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions throughout California including: Celestial Bodies, The Essential Worker, Pilgrimage and Notable Rejects. He currently works at Grace Design Associates, a landscape design company in Santa Barbara.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment (please contact Amy Collins at 805-965-6307).