Monday, November 26, 2018

Birds on a Wire poetry

Friday, November 30 – Birds on a Wire poetry
featuring - Nina Clements, Marsha de la O, David Starkey, Phil Taggart, George Yatchisin, Chryss Yost and Sharon Venezio

Vita Art Center, 28 West Main Street - Ventura

The reading starts at 7p.m.

The reading is in response to Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s exhibit Birds on a Wire / Pájaros en el Alambre at the Vita Art Center

Birds on a Wire/ Pájaros en el Alambre is a new body of work by renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This exhibition explores our connection with birds in a symbolic, environmental, and philosophical manner through a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawing, works on paper, printmaking, photography, and ceramic objects.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre

Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre
November 2- November 30, 2018

28 W Main St, Ventura CA 93001
(805) 644-92-14

Pájaros en el Alambre /Birds on a Wire is a new body of work by renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This exhibition explores our connection with birds in a symbolic, environmental, and philosophical manner through a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawing, works on paper, printmaking, photography, and ceramic objects.

In these works, birds often serve as a humble but powerful metaphor for Latinos in America: caught in permanent migration towards opportunities and socio-political liberation, wings extended with flying potential, clipped often by the laws of the land or nature.
Some interpretive text is provided by renowned animal ethologist and bestselling author Dr.Jonathan Balcombe. “Scientists are constantly discovering new aspects of birds’ lives, including how they think, and what emotions they are feeling. In this exhibit, I share some of these discoveries to compliment Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s thought-provoking artworks,” says Dr. Balcombe.
An inspired poetry reading by former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, David Starkey, and Philip Taggart
current Ventura County Poet Laureate, and friends will take place on November 30th at 7pm.
Rafael Perea de la Cabada has lived in Santa Barbara since 1987 and in Ventura since 2015.
Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking inMexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California,Santa Barbara.  He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica.  He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain and Germany.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States.
Rafael teaches Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund.
He recently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.

Monday through Friday 10am - 4 pm, Weekends by appointment

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Opening Friday, August 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: August 3 thru August 31, 2018

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we have invited 10 artists that have exhibited at Vita Art Center over the past 10 years.

Richard Amend
Donna Granata
Peter Liashkov
Dan McCleary
John Nava
Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Frank Romero
Jennifer Wolf
Jacqueline Woods
Hiroko Yoshimoto

Friday, July 6, 2018


Vita Art Center welcomes the CABADAGRAY Gallery opening July 6, 2018 6-9 p.m.
Located inside of the Vita Art Center at 28 West Main St., Ventura.

Colin Fraser Gray 
Jaqueline Woods
Rafael Perea de la Cabada

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Artists of USCB

 Join us for the All Gaucho Reunion first ever reception in celebration of some of UCSB's most distinguished alumni artists. This event is kindly hosted by the Sullivan Goss Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara and includes a drinks reception and remarks from participating artists.

This event supports the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Five percent of all sales for the duration of the month-long show will be donated to the Fund, which supports academically outstanding lower-income students. Additional donations to the Alumni Scholarship Fund can be made online.
Please note that tickets are limited and event registration is required.  


About the show:   The exhibition will include a diverse group of artists spanning nearly 40 years, each of whom has made waves in the art world since their time at UCSB. Artists include: Hank Pitcher, John Nava, Richard Schloss, Patricia Chidlaw, Phoebe Brunner, Nicole Strasburg, Maria Rendon, Larry Cohen, Bruce Cohen, Dug Uyesaka, Mary Heebner, Tony Askew, Julika Lackner, Tom Padzerka, Rafael Perea de la Cabada. Artists remarks will begin at 6:15pm.

Monday, February 12, 2018


SYSTEM DISRUPTION that seeks answers in visual art to one of the most important questions of our era – namely, what is the ideal balance between a system
(or pattern) and its disruption?

Sullivan Goss Gallery
Lockwood de Forest, Ann Diener, Jules Engel, Nancy Gifford, Sidney Gordin, Nathan Hayden, Bob Nugent, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, R. Nelson Parrish, Nicole Strasburg, Ethan Turpin.

January 18, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Reception will be 1st Thursday, February 1st

Posted on Jan 31 by SEASONS Magazine

What is the ideal balance between a system and its disruption? How can the eye “know” things about the world before there is any scientific or mathematical explanation? No matter where or when, some system is being “disrupted” by another, resulting in change. Beginning February 1st, Sullivan Goss Gallery (11 E. Anapamu St.) seeks to answer these questions through visual art in a new exhibition, System Disruption.

This show uses some of the best artists’ works to observe how normal individuals might be able to balance the need for order and predictability with the need for invention and transformation.

Starting with the earliest artist in the exhibition, Lockwood de Forest who dated back from 1850-1932, the show observes how this particular artist constituted an art system by working with similar proportions to land, sea and sky. Painting only outdoors, De Forest was pressured to finish his works quickly before the sun set. Since he painted on thick paper, De Forest could not return to his works to turpentine out mistakes. In his case, the “system” was both a format and a process because the repetition allowed him the maximum freedom to develop and refine his subtle coloration and evocative brushwork as he painted all over the world.

Similarly for Nicole Strasburg, her system was also a format and a process which began with her desire to learn how to paint in gouache. Collecting internet-borne weather camera shots, Strasburg made prints of the basic landscape forms and then painted on these prints, recording the changing landscape captured by her camera. Painting in one size and on one medium, Strasburg was able to capture a spectacular amount of variety. Strasburg’s system displays more than enough disruption by capturing climatic and seasonal changes on one spectrum.

This similar format within a constrained process is also practiced by artist Bob Nugent, who draws and paints images of his observations along the Amazon river. Nugent slices large sheets of wood veneer into 3 x 3 inch pieces which are then combined onto panels to create one foot by one foot nature studies. Nugent is not only interested in the connection between how the memory’s filter interacts with the photographic and written experiences, but also the subtle message about the clear cutting of Amazon rain forests and the ever changing shape of the river itself.

On the other hand, the process of scraping layers of wet spray paint was of interest to R. Nelson Parrish, a man who uses art a means of reconciling an ongoing investigation into the subtle contrasts between the natural and man-made conditions and states. Painting numerous wet on wet layers of archival aerosol on cold-pressed Arches paper, Parrish realized the paint would dry too quickly for him to add more detail and began to scrape stripes. Soon enough, Parrish created a symbolic piece of art—the American flag.

Going hand-in-hand with the current political discussions is the “#Metoo Series” by Nancy Gifford. After her famous piece “Lament” became widely exhibited, the artist became a collector of old books. Gifford took the interior texts of these novels, mounted them to birch panels, painted an open ruffle skirt and added legs in different postures.  Gifford’s art displays her idea of the system being designed to disrupt society’s dialogue about certain “types” of girls within communities.

To some artists, such as Rafael Perea de la Cabada, the system is simple, undefined process For Perea de la Canada, art has no defined format and is constantly evolving through a series of counter moves. In his piece, Interferencia (Interference), Perea de la Cabada illustrates a system through its original signal recorded in many layers, drips and drawings, suggesting that his work exists in the presence of disruptions.

As for other artists, systems are best understood as a creative and intuitive practice. Nathan Hayden’s idea of a system is shown in his tiny pictographic ink drawings which are strategically placed around an axial symmetry with notes that he has taken during the moment to help maintain his creative flow. Although creative disruptions are integrated throughout the process, the transformations from one form to the next keep his system evolving.

At the high point of the Modernist movement in the mid-century, humanity and gumption collided with geometric abstraction when two west and east coast artists worked to bring distraction to the system. Jules Engel (1915-2003) of Los Angeles and Sidney Gordin (1918-1996) of New York worked with and against “the grid,” pushing formal boundaries to see what was possible.

Collisions also occur in Ann Diener’s drawing and collage of the system of time, immigration, development and decay. Illustrating how places can be molded by disruptive forces, Deiner added digital photography and swirled compositions of familiar images in a process of “over-drawing” to describe her idea of the system.

Artist Ethan Turpin created a “Video Organism” piece, which reflected his idea of a system that feeds and evolves on its disruptions. In this piece, organic geometries grow from his two-camera setup and uses its output as an input to evolve new designs. Turpin’s idea was to allow the public to interact, and further “disrupt” the system, but the system would only adopt those disruptions and evolve.

This exhibition was originally scheduled to open on the 1st Thursday in January. Ironically, the Thomas Fire disrupted the Gallery’s usual system.

The exhibition opening reception is Thursday, February 1 from 5-8 p.m, at the Sullivan Goss Gallery and remains on view through February 25.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Lotería Celebration at Eastside Library

This Saturday, December 9, the Eastside Library will be having an all-day Lotería celebration. Lotería is a game of chance, a pastime, and even an educational tool. Because Lotería cards include the name of the pictured character, they are used to teach reading, writing, history, and social values. Join the Library for a day of activities celebrating the history, culture and art of Lotería.
Teens and adults are invited to the opening Lotería workshop from 9-11:30am, at which participants are invited to create their own interpretations of cards from the popular Mexican game. Under the supervision of renowned Professor and Artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada, participants will explore Lotería images created by a variety of artists and work with drawing, painting and collage. Materials will be provided at no cost. Space is limited and registration is required.

Noon to 4:00pm Saturday will be opening receptions for two art shows, Nuestra Lotería and Mi Cartas de Lotería. Nuestra Lotería is an exhibit of artwork created by participants in Alpha Resource Center’s SlingShot program. SlingShot is a working art studio and gallery which supports Santa Barbara artists with developmental disabilities. Nuestra Lotería features the work of eight talented artists and their renditions of classic Lotería iconography. Featured artists are: Maria Arroyo, Marc Sucher, Dylan Long, Rachel MacKenzie, Jane Hollick, Jeff Working, Ben Watts, Megan Isaac.

Mi Cartas de Lotería is a show of Maribel Hernández’s work that speaks to her passion for life, with its various rhythms and emotional landscapes. Hernández was born in Michoacan, Mexico and her work ranges from design, photography, ceramics, and painting.

At noon, attendees will be surprised to learn the complex and fascinating history behind Mexican bingo presented by Santa Barbara City College Professor Alfredo González. Born and raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico), González completed his BA in Latin-American Literature and History with an emphasis in Linguistics, in the city of Puebla, Puebla (Mexico). Come learn about Lotería and its long history, uses, and meaning in Mexican culture.

Throughout the day all are invited to play a round (or two! or three!) of Lotería, win prizes, and enjoy pan dulce and hot chocolate. Join the Santa Barbara Public Library in this celebration of Lotería.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

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