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

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ayer y Todavía

Ayer y Todavía
Museum of Ventura County
September 15-November 26, 2017
Opening Reception
6 – 9 P.M.
September 15, 2017

Presented in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Latin American & Latino Art in LA, an initiative of the Getty

Experience Chicano culture and history, as well as current struggles and social issues, as seen through the eyes of Chicano artists in Ayer y Todavía, opening Friday, Sept. 15 with an evening of art and music, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Enjoy live music provided by Los Fabulocos Band, and a chance to visit with the artists and the collectors who helped shape this unique Chicano exhibit. Featured artists include: Margaret Garcia, Frank Romero, Leo Limón, Salomon Huerta, Jack Vargas, Harry Gamboa, Diane Gamboa, Ignacio Gomez , Rafael Perea de la Cabada and Patssi Valdez among others.

Presented in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Latin American & Latino Art in LA, an initiative of the Getty, the opening reception will include a no-host bar and hors-d’oeuvres. Members are free; non-members are $5. The exhibit will be on view through November 26.

Exhibit and event are sponsored by the Port of Hueneme, Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall. Major funding for this program is made possible in part by the City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura. Special thanks to the MVC Latino Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Rafael Perea de la Cabada Presents Mixed Media Work in
“Los Amorosos” (The Lovers)
at The Museum of Ventura County’s Tool Room Gallery

Ventura, CA – In the spirit of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada will present a new body of work that explores the subject of human touch: physical, spiritual, social, and psychological. “Los Amorosos” (The Lovers), features painting, mixed media on paper, prints, and ceramic objects and opens with a public reception on Friday, September 1st from 6 to 9 pm at The Museum of Ventura County’s Tool Room Gallery at the BellArts Factory at 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA.

“We live to relate and we relate to live,” says Cabada, “In this time of persistent unrest, we are reminded through the artist’s work, of the power of connection and relationship; to ourselves and to each other.”

When commenting on Perea’s art, Charles Donavan of the Santa Barbara Independent said, “The new Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art …could not ask for a better introduction to its potential than the Rafael Perea de la Cabada show Alien Heartland. Cabada’s bold, imaginative work in multiple media has never looked better, or more complete, than it does in this handsome room…Cabada is a central figure in our art community here in Santa Barbara, and his is a story and an oeuvre that we should all both know and celebrate”.

Award-winning artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada was born in Mexico City and has lived and worked in Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA since 1987. Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico 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 Painting and 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 had a solo exhibition, “Mexico Para Armar,” at UNAM in Mexico City, completed an important Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara, and served as the Founding Art Director for The Animal Museum Los Angeles. To learn more visit:

The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. As a Mexican national who has spent equal amounts of time living in the United States, Perea brings a unique perspective to this conversation of art, identity, and what it means to be human in this current exhibition, “Los Amorosos” (The Lovers).