Celebrating the Artists of Summer Solstice at Art Opening and Party

 In Art Discovery, Art in Santa Barbara, Community Learning Projects, Explore Ecology

Meet the artists of Solstice at the art opening and party for the Spirit of Solstice art exhibition on Friday, May 29th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  at the Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 East Cota in downtown Santa Barbara. Featuring the work of past and current Artists-in-Residence at Santa Barbara’s Solstice Workshop, this exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of Solstice. The Solstice Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing over 100,000 spectators from around the world.

The Spirit of Solstice exhibition includes costumes, puppets, and memorabilia from past parades as well as new art from the creative geniuses that make this Santa Barbara tradition come alive each  year. Artists include: Ann Chevrefils, Hathor Hammett, Mary Price, Diane Arnold, Lark Batteau, Laura Smith, Claire Frandsen, Stacie Bouffard, Claudia Bratton, and Pali X Mano. This multimedia show features masks, headdresses, ceramics, papier-mâché sculptures, assemblage, paintings, and one of Pali X Mano’s iconic inflatable sculptures.


Dragon Head by Stacie Bouffard

Stacie Bouffard, President of the Board of Summer Solstice says, “Summer Solstice is filled with an incredible, magical, creative spirit that is shared with the community on one summer day.  Behind the scenes of the parade is a group of very talented artists. Many who have been with Solstice for years. What do these artists do the rest of the year? They do what they love, which is create art!”

Ceramic Sculpture by Claire Frandson

Ceramic Sculpture by Claire Frandson

Join us for art, food, live music, and festivities. Enjoy music and a drum circle with the Drummers of Solstice. Make a Shaker or Maraca at our Art From Scrap table to bring to the parade. The Spirit of Solstice is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists who work so hard to make Summer Solstice the amazing event it is.

Save the date! The Spirit of Solstice opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Friday, May 29th, from 6:00-8:00 pm and will hang in the AFS Gallery through June 15th, 2015.

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