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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open


Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.

Special Programming



Family 1st Thursday
Thursdays, September 3; October 1; November 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.
Urban Landscape Collage
September 3
Design your own version of Bayer’s Lonely Metropolitan (1932) in shades of black, white, and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape.

Oil Pastel and Tempera Paint Still Life
October 1
Study the complex details of flowers up close by sketching from botanical arrangements. Add color to the composition with water-soluble oil pastels mixed with tempera paint, inspired by Henri Fantin-Latour’s Chrysanthemums of Summer (Chrysanthemes d'Ete) (ca. 1887). 

Abstract Texture Studies
November 5
Focus in on the details of Raul Corrales’ Blue Jeans, Cuba, (1948) to create an abstract texture study by layering canvas strips and opaque watercolors.

David Tanenbaum and Peppino D'Agostino
Thursday, September 17, 7:30 pm

Peppino D’Agostino is a well-known soloist on the acoustic steel-string guitar who is praised throughout the world as a master of his genre. D’Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980s and since his debut recording in 1981, has performed in more than 26 countries. He is becoming better known in the classical guitar world because of his collaborations with David Tanenbaum, an admired classical guitarist who has performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia, the former Soviet Union and Asia. Tanenbaum has been a soloist with numerous companies, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 
Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members / $22 Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks.

Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to SBMA to perform a short program of choral music during First Thursday in December. The Quire of Voyces was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissanceand the modern age.

Ludington Court
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