Monday, December 2, 2019

Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford

Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 7, 2019
5-8 p.m.
Channing Peake Gallery

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford, a new multimedia exhibition showcasing works by local artists. The exhibition is on view until spring 2020.(Note: Nancy Gifford’s large-scale piece, LAMENT, is now on permanent view at the Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch.)

The public is invited to an opening reception during the November 1st Thursday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.Thursday,November7at the Channing Peake Gallery located in the County Administration Buildingat 105 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.

In 2018, Michael and Nancy Gifford donated almost 300 pieces by local artists to the County. Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford an inaugural exploration of the recently acquired collection, acting as a springboard for future projects and exhibitions countywide. This public debut highlights the talent and diversity of artists living and practicing in Santa Barbara County.

Artist and long-time County Art in Public Places Committee member Cynthia Martin and County Office of Arts and Culture Curator Julia Rutherford Daly served as co-curators of the exhibition that was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture serves under the County’s Community Services Department as the local governmental umbrella for all arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. The agency represents a longstanding partnership between the Santa Barbara County and the City of Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives and projects.For more information, go to

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a 15-member County Commission appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, with three members from each of the five supervisorial districts who make recommendations to the Board on cultural arts policy. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission was founded in 1977 by the County Board of Supervisors to act as coordinator and catalyst, bringing government, artist and public together for the cultural benefit of all

News Media Contact: 
October 31, 2019 ARTS AND CULTURE No. 19-024
Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director 
(805) 568-3992,






Vita Art Center


Preview Celebration, Saturday, November 23, 4-7pm 
Enjoy complimentary cocktails by locally owned Ventura Spirits  
$10., (Members Free)

First Fridays, Free Community Opening: Friday, December 6 from 6-9pm
Exhibit Dates: November 23 thru December 20, 2019

Join us for our small works holiday show, an exhibition featuring 29 artists selected from the many outstanding artists that have shown at Vita Art Center over the past 11 years

Richard Amend • Mike Blaha • Hilary Brace•Ralph Corners • Russell Crotty• Linda Ekstrom• Colin Fraser Gray • Dane Goodman • Scott Gordon • MB Hanrahan • Lynn Hanson • Joanne Julian • Dan Levin • Hugh Margerum • John Nava• Mary Neville • Rafael Perea De La Cabada • Susan Petty • Peggy Pownall• Astrid Preston • Bob Privitt • John Robertson • Rick Stich • Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend • John White • Jennifer Wolf • Hiroko Yoshimoto

100 GRAND, 2019

100 GRAND, 2019
Sullivan Goss Gallery
DECEMBER 2, 2019 - FEBRUARY 3, 2020
Opening: Thursday, December 5th, 5-8 pm.


Press Release

It’s that time of year again! Sullivan Goss is pleased to announce the ELEVENTH annual 100 GRAND exhibition. Featuring 102 quality works of art for $1,000 or less, the exhibition has become an incubator of emerging talent, an entryway for beginning collectors, a holiday celebration in the art community, and an ever timely reminder that everyone’s life is improved by the addition of original works of art.

The exhibition opens on 1st Thursday in December (12/5). Last year, over a thousand people attended over the course of the evening. December’s 1st Thursday at Sullivan Goss has become one of the area’s must-attend events of the year– a chance for artists and collectors to get together, network, and celebrate the accomplishments of another year in art.
100 GRAND will feature paintings, drawings, photographs, assemblage and sculpture by emerging and established artists that are priced to sell and sized (for the most part) to fit into smaller spaces. For this year’s exhibition, Contemporary Curator Susan Bush was able to secure work from many of last year’s best-selling artists, but there are more than a dozen new artists who have never before shown with Sullivan Goss.

Often, the gallery will use the 100 GRAND exhibition as a proving ground to see what new ideas, aesthetics, materials, or artists will find an audience. With 100 GRAND, new and younger collectors can begin to acquire and learn about original art from a serious gallery at an affordable price. With emerging artists, collectors get an opportunity to “get in on the ground floor.” For the gallery’s regular roster of successful, mid-career artists, collectors get an opportunity to buy works below market rate. For these reasons, sales are usually brisk. Since its first come first serve, buyers are encouraged to arrive early and to act fast.
Works will be for sale in advance of the reception, starting on Monday, December 2nd at 9am.

Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney Brooks Abbott, Christina Atlfeld, Scott Anderson, Doug Andrews, Tony Askew, Sophia Beccue, Susan Belloni, Pamela Benham, Kit Boise-Cossart, Claudia Borfiga, Ken Bortolazzo, Liz Brady, Lisabette Brinkman, Phoebe Brunner, Erika Carter, Chris Chapman, Patricia Chidlaw, Cathy Clemens, Connie Connally, Tom DeWalt, David Diamant, Carol Dixon, Kris Doe, Lee Anne Dollison, Cass Ensberg, Jon Francis, Rosemarie Gebhart, Steven Gilbar, Kevin Gleason, Robin Gowen, Ruthy Green, Inga Guzyte, Skye Gwilliam, Bay Hallowell, Jean-Marie Hamel, Holli Harmon, James Hodgson, Nathan Huff, Deanna Hunt, John Iwerks, Kathleen Klein-Wakefield, Mary-Austin Klein, Onno Kok, Marilee Krause, Julika Lackner, Veronica Lambert, Pamela Larson Toscher, Dan Levin, Leslie Lewis-Sigler, Michael Long, Mark Lozano, Laurie MacMillan, Hugh Margerum, Cynthia Martin, Larry McAdams, Virginia McCracken, Susan McDonnell, Kerry Methner, Jon Ng, Amber O’Neill, Barbara Parmet, Tom Pazderka, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Angela Perko, Hank Pitcher, Sam Rankin, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Bradford Salamon, Susan Savage, Paul Schurch, Susan Shapiro, Lanny Sherwin, Kerrie Smith, Libby Smith, Megan Stirling, Nicole Strasburg, Patricia Sueme, Tracey Sylvester-Harris, Bart Tarman, Andrew Thill, James David Thomas, Susan Tibbles, Dug Uyesaka, Karen Valle, Sue Van Horsen, Sarah Vedder, Deborah Veldkamp, Nina Warner, Frank Whipple, Roe Ann White, Monica Wiesblott, Sarah Woodburn, Karen Zazon, Abigail Zimmerman, Michelle Zuzalek.

Image credit:
Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Caracol, 2019
10 x 13 inches
(16 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches, framed)
Conte crayon, charcoal/paper