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The Museum of Contemporary Art will host a Curated Cocktails celebration on Jan. 6, welcoming the new year and offering information about the current exhibition. 

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Santa Barbara County is looking for submissions of artwork by area residents that focuses on environmental justice. The program is organized in partnership with the county Office of Arts & Culture and the Environmental Justice Element. 

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The Slingshot Alpha Art Studio will showcase work from Santa Barbara and Carpinteria artists in a Dec. 2 opening, including art from Carpinterian Ben Watts. Other Slingshot artists include Erica Miller, Issac Palato, Marc Sucher, Dylan Long, Megan Isaac and Jane Hollick.

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The Charles Lo Bue Gallery’s Gift It! exhibit opened last weekend and will run through Jan. 9. Juried by Ruth Ellen Hoag, the exhibit offers many pieces for Carpinterians to look for potential holiday presents. 

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Dancer and musician Idalia Robles De Leon, from the group Kalpulli Mayahuel, drew an audience at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center with her performance of native drum music, a release from the arts center read. 

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Throughout the holidays, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show will host shows every Sunday through the end of the year, as well as two special shows on Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Founded in 1965, the show is one of the longest running art festivals in the area; members offer ceramics, jewelry, c…

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A new mural by Dawoon Jeong Panizzon is now on display at Carpinteria’s Sushi Teri after a month of work. Gio, the artist’s husband, said Dawoon painted for “hours at a time” between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. 

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Carpinteria’s own 212-page “Small Town Big Art,” which features 100 Carpinteria artists, is now available for purchase. The book’s proceeds will go to the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. 

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Artist Priscilla King’s work is currently on display at Zooker’s Restaurant through Feb. 19. King, who graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2017, primarily focuses on oil on wood painting, she said, and is influenced by “the natural wood grain as well as photojournalism.”

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Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (SBCAW) invites artists to show their work in the organization’s annual pop-up show, “Ready to Hang.” The artist intake will be Nov. 16 and 17. All works should be 12 inches by 12 inches, no more than 5 inches deep, and be ready to hang on the wall. The …

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The Ojai Film Festival, which opened on Nov. 4, will come to a close on Nov. 14, ending its 22nd season. This year, the festival offered both in-person and virtual events in Covid-19 safety manners, showing 74 films out of the 300 submitted to attendees. 

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In honor of its annual volunteer appreciation celebration, the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center is spotlighting gallery hosts Diane Buffon and Johanna Sedivy. Also featured are board member and exhibition committee member Kathy Dubock, and board member Lynda Fairly. 

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Handcrafted ocean-inspired arts will be in abundance attheSanta Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival holiday pop-up on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carpinteria Arts Center. The pop-up festival will showcase 20 talented vendors, offering holiday gift opportunities in…

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In the Arts Center weekly newsletter, volunteer Anne Fraser was featured, offering up her artistic skills while working. As host volunteers, staff are invited to bring art to work on in the gallery, giving visitors an up-close-and-personal look at art in progress. 

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The County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women will hold a free film screening of the educational documentary “Pass the Mic” on Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. “Pass the Mic” is an award-winning documentary film on gender and sexuality. The Honorable Lois Capps will make the welcoming remarks. 

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Urban Word NYC, California Poets in the Schools and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture has launched the Santa Barbara County Youth Poet Laureate Program, which encourages young poets to put their work out there and provides them with the platforms to do so. 

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One of the region’s only printmaking groups, the Inkspots of San Buenaventura, will open their annual show at 643 Project Space in West Ventura on Nov. 5. This year’s exhibition, “Rolling On,” will feature over a dozen artists, including Summerland residents Margarita Cantú and Beverly Decker. 

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To honor the California Avocado Festival, Rincon Brewery has released an Avo Festbier with a label that pays homage to John Wullbrandt’s mural “The Carpinteria Valley: A Growing Heritage.” Wullbrandt’s mural, an ode to Carpinteria agriculture, faces the soon-to-be California Islands Museum e…

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Artist Connie Geston is the winner of the People’s Choice Award from the exhibition Power of Green held at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. She received the award for her piece, “Gathered Things.”

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An upcoming art show in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone will feature Carpinteria local and former NFL football player Chris Gocong, as well as artist Rod Lathim. The art show centers around the pair’s artistic styles, offering audiences a look at neon, light and matter. 

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will host a joint talk with Iman Djouini, a teaching professor at UCSB, and Jonathan Taube, an architectural designer and lecturer at UCSB, whose artwork, the Light Elephant, has been traveling throughout downtown Santa Barbara this summer and fall. 

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Carpinteria and Santa Barbara locals Joss Jaffe, Sudama Mark Kennedy and Montino Bourbon are releasing a new feature on the record label, “Be Why Music,” the second such feature with the three to be released since September 2019. It will be released on Sept. 20. 

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In its first annual summer comedy series, the Alcazar Theatre Ensemble premiered LOL – a comedic performance in eight acts, each a distinct play. The show brought many Carpinteria’s players back to the stage who hadn’t performed live since the start of the pandemic. 

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The exhibit, “A year painting the Carpinteria Estuary,” featuring plein air painters Cathy Winton and Jayne Burton, will open at Island Brewing Company on Sept. 13 and run through Nov. 13.  

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Gunpowder Press, an independent press located in Santa Barbara, has opened its first Latinx poetry chapbook contest for Latinx poets who are over the age of 18. 

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The Curtis Studio of Dance will begin its 2021-2022 fall season on Sept. 7. The studio has announced courses in ballet, tap, acrobatic, jazz and hip-hop classes. Students also perform in an annual holiday recital of The Nutcracker and seasonal parades. The studio also has a competitive team …

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Carpinteria author Valerie Bentz, a Ph.D. professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, has released a book focused on the climate crisis, illnesses, community decline and species extinction. 

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Last Saturday, the Nombres band showed off their skills at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, the latest band to perform at the free community concerts held by the center. 

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