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For the past seven months, the Carpinteria Arts Center has been closed due to the pandemic, but starting Friday, Nov. 6, the center will be reopened to the public. The arts center will be open from noon to 4 p.m. every Friday to Sunday. The center has also installed a new art display, “Postc…

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Over the past several years, the Carpinteria Valley community has held its annual Ghost Walk at the State Park, but due to the pandemic, the Ghost Walk has been moved to a virtual format this year. This year, nine actors from the Alcazar Theatre will be telling a story by Edgar Allen Poe, an…

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Seven more free virtual art classes are now available from the Carpinteria Arts Center. Look to the center for a wide variety of community classes through the end of the year, ranging from an introduction to traditional Japanese calligraphy and watercolor or acrylic painting to exploring pol…

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The “Art of the Printmakers” exhibit has opened at the Carpinteria Arts Center in the Charles Lo Bue Gallery. The current exhibition features original prints made using hand and press printing techniques such as etching, drypoint, monoprint, woodblock, collagraph, linocut, clay, lithography,…

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The Artesania para la Familia program, in collaboration with Aliso Elementary School, provided free books and masks to children and parents at the Aliso School lunch pick-up line on Monday, Sept. 28. The continued community disbursement is funded by the Friends of the Carpinteria Library, La…

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The “Simple Pleasures” exhibition has finished in the Charles LoBue Gallery at the Carpinteria Arts Center. Tammy Gilkey’s oil on wood piece, “Breath of Fresh Air,” received the “People’s Choice” award in online voting. The exhibition marks the first time the arts center has offered a virtua…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center will host a mask decorating contest during the month of October. Free masks will be provided on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 between 10 a.m. and 5p.m. at the back of the arts center courtyard at 855 Linden Ave.  Alternatively, email kristina@carpinteriaartscenter.org to m…

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Traditionally, the Carpinteria Arts Center holds a volunteer appreciation party in September but as with so many thing in 2020, this year’s event has had to be re-imagined. Over a seven-hour window on Friday, Sept. 18, volunteers were safely celebrated and thanked together, apart. Arts Cente…

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CVN columnist Chef Randy has been going stir crazy during the Covid-19 quarantine. So, he looked for things to keep busy with, and (not surprisingly), began creating new vegetarian and vegan recipes. He reports that the new recipes were coming to him “at an alarming pace—alarming because the…

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Glenn Dubock will teach a Zoom class on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. via  the Carpinteria Arts Center: “iPhone Photography.” The class is free, but a $25 donation is suggested. The class will provide simple tricks to get the most out of the camera that is built into the iPhone. Grea…

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The Santa Barbara Abstract Art Collective is hosting a virtual Art Talk with artist and teacher Melinda Cootsona on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. Cootsona will discuss approaches to abstraction and elements of design for abstraction and figurative work. She is greatly influenced by the Bay Ar…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center is offering free virtual afterschool art classes starting Thursday, Sept. 24. Two six-week sessions, one for elementary-age students and one for teens, will be offered via Zoom. The classes are free, but there is a supply bag fee of $20. Scholarships are available…

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The Santa Barbara Public Library’s annual community read program, SB Reads 2020: Create! will investigate the creative process, and will feature the book “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, along with a small selection of other titles in English and Spanish. The goal of the program is to engag…

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Seven Seas Press in Santa Barbara has published Colleen McCarthy-Evans’ book, “The Little Blue Dragon” (“La Dragoncita Azul”), in English and Spanish, and has also donated 50 copies for the ongoing book disbursement sponsored by Artesania para la Familia program in Carpinteria. For other boo…

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Artist, environmentalist, surfer/skater Peggy Oki will lead a free drawing class sponsored by the Carpinteria Arts Center, on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.Learn and develop drawing skills as a foundation to visual art, and fine art in itself.  This online course will include brief lec…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center will offer a number of free virtual art classes through November. From painting, rug making, the art of doodle and mixed media, to iPhone photography and fabric bead making with free supplies, the classes are made possible by sponsorship from the 93013 Fund and th…

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From Thursday, Sept. 3, through the morning of Saturday, Sept. 5, individuals and families who registered to participate in a sidewalk chalk art campaign will be at work along Linden Avenue. The city of Carpinteria and the Carpinteria Arts Center organized the “Mask Up Carp” event to encoura…

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“Mask Up Carp” is a public art campaign that communicates the importance of wearing a mask to slow the spread of Covid-19. Volunteer artists of all ages and skill levels will be assigned a sidewalk square to decorate in chalk to encourage widespread mask wearing in the continuing pandemic. T…

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In keeping up their focus on childhood literacy, Artesanía para La Familia delivered books to Carpinteria children on Thursday, Aug. 20. Artesanía para La Familia hopes to resume its in-person Saturday literacy program in January of 2021, public health and safety permitting.  

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While a planned summer literacy program was cancelled due to Covid-19, local non-profit arts group Bellas Artes is focusing on a Saturday literacy program commencing in January of 2021 and continuing through the summer. Dia de Los Muertos books and craft kits will be prepared for a September…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center will provide free virtual art classes through August, including Mixed Media, Pop Portraiture and Decoupage Boxes. Advanced registration is required to receive the materials list and zoom class login information. The first class with artist instructor Brendan Brigg…

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Local artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to participate in Mask Up Carp, a public art campaign that communicates the importance of wearing a mask to slow the spread of Covid-19. Between Sept. 3 and 5, participants will create colorful sidewalk chalk art throughout downtown…

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Rearing up on his hind legs and pawing at the air, Spirit, a life-sized metal horse sculpture turned heads on Santa Barbara’s upper State Street for 44 years before it was removed in 2016 to make way for a new condominium development. This year, Spirit artist John Godkin completed the horse’…

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Weeping Willow Books has announced the publication of “The Art of Sparkling, Share Your Inner Light with the World,” by Carpinterian Becky Brittain, PhD, and the novel “A Universe Less Traveled,” by her partner Eric von Schrader on Aug. 14 and Sept. 10, respectively. 

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An exhibition of paintings by Carpinteria artist Allison Gobbell is hanging at Zookers through Aug. 23, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Carpinteria Art Center. Gobbell has lived in Carpinteria for eight years, and grew up in Santa Barbara. She is married to J.J. Gobbell, and they…

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An active member and volunteer at the Carpinteria Arts Center, painter and writer Mary Freericks has had two works juried into the Santa Barbara Abstract Art Collective’s online exhibition. The AAC, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, will host the online exhi…

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The Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara chapter, will host its “Books for Breakfast” summer series on Aug. 5, at 8 a.m. via Zoom, featuring the 2015 book “Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. The book promises to help readers “find common ground with anyon…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center has elected five new members to their Board of Directors along with the appointment of Alan Koch as the board chair. The new directors are Tim Cohen, Kathy Dubock, Debbie Murphy, Nini Seaman and Bob Stokes. 

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When faced with the difficulty of continuing the decade-long tradition of creating an annual teen mural in the face of a global pandemic, the Carpinteria Arts Center community rose to the challenge and came up with a creative solution to enable area youth to create this year’s mural. Sponsor…

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Santa Barbara Child Psychologist Dr. Don MacMannis has a new song to add to his repertoire of over 50 songs that he has written and produced for his series “Happy Kids Songs.” The song, “We Can Make It” takes on the Covid-19 pandemic and the stresses of stay-at-home orders and the unknowns t…

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This summer marks the 27th annual Young Writers Camp. South Coast Writing Project, an education non-profit based at UCSB will hold its online camps for free or by donation. “Young Writers Camp Online” will be held on Zoom for students entering grades four to 12 with an interest in writing. C…

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From collage to creativity classes and rock painting, the Carpinteria Arts Center is offering different virtual art classes each weekend through July. On Sunday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., artist and teacher Laura Denny will teach a Mixed Media Postcard class. 

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The beginning of summer means sunshine, beaches and the harvesting of avocados, which also means the California Avocado Festival is right around the corner. On October 2-4, 2020, it will be the 34th year of the California Avocado Festival, a501c3 nonprofit that was created to help support ot…

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Curtis Studio of Dance will reopen for in-person summer dance camps and intensives from June 29 to July 31. “We have been working very hard for the last few weeks making a schedule and making guidelines so our dancers can get back into the studio this summer,” said Ruthann Morrison of Curtis…

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Carpinteria Arts Center has launched a new challenge to the community to create artwork on stamped and addressed postcards. The arts center hopes the community will find an avenue to connect by using the postcard’s blank canvas to share their story of how the pandemic has impacted their life…

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Registration for the annual Teen Mural Project is now open at the Carpinteria Arts Center with a unique approach this year that allows teens to do the painting in their own home. Instead of going to the Arts Center and painting a huge mural in one day, participants will be given a piece of t…

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On Monday, May 25, The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center hosted a poetry awards ceremony and poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month. The winners of the 2020 Luschei Family Poetry Awards are: Elizabeth Roberts for children; Phoenix Seal for teens, and Anna Fortner in the adult co…

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Carpinteria author Van Fleisher will donate sales from his two books, “Final Notice” and “Final Act,” to the 93013 Fund in support of local efforts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center is offering a free painting class on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The first 10 Carpinteria residents to register will get free art supplies, which normally cost $20, and financial aid is available for supplies as well. Students may also use their own m…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center’s annual Luschei Family Poetry Awards deadline for submissions has been moved to May 17 in view of the pandemic. The theme is gratitude. There is no entry fee, and all writers are welcome.

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VNA Health will host its 19th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon online on Friday, May 8, starting at 11 a.m. The online program will be accessible at vna.health/luncheon and will honor Sue Birch and Adelle “Chris” Dyer, two revered caregiving leaders.

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Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a free online webinar for navigating Carpinteria during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. The webinar will feature a panel of experts that will discuss local impacts and newly emerging recovery efforts. Panelists include Ci…

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Annette Fisher rallied her Carpinteria-area connections to provide affordable auction items to raise money for local businesses affected by the Covid-19 emergency. Having already donated proceeds of more than $400 to Seastrand and Carpinteria Nail Salon, Fisher is now looking to raise more t…

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Christina Welch and her son Matt Organista have started producing video tutorials on floral arranging. A freelance floral designer with 25 years of experience, Welch is also offering $45 flower bouquets for Mother’s Day which can be shipped nationwide by Fabulous Florals. Welch said she want…

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When Zoe Iverson recently noticed that her Trillado Street neighbors Bob Cochrane and his wife Terri Bowman had put up a light display of a heart and the word “Hope,” she thought she would answer with an artistic gesture of her own by “yarn-bombing” (wrapping an object in yarn) a tree in her…

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Many are beginning to feel the strain of life under quarantine, but residents of Silver Sands mobile home park are keeping their spirits up with occasional socially distanced glasses of wine in front of their homes and a shared fire pit. Sands resident Gregory Perea’s neighbor is the muralis…

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Pre-pandemic, Lety Garcia was focused on painting agaves and urban images both in her home studio and at the Linden Studios gallery, as well as teaching an ongoing class to 10 students. Everything has changed over the past six weeks of course, as it has for everyone, everywhere, and Garcia w…

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Carpinteria resident Leslie Westbrook recently launched a new website designed by fellow Carpinteria resident Cindi Burt. To celebrate her auction consulting business, Westbrook is offering a complimentary consultation to anyone interested in selling via well-known, established auction houses.

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