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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Refreshments available for purchase
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open
  • Special programming – check back here for details


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
June 4, July 2, August 6, 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.

Ray Stanford Strong, Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon), 1927. Oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Robert and Marlene Veloz.

Twilight Landscapes
June 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sketch diffused sunlight on a landscape in chalk pastel on tan paper, then use a masking technique to create a dark tree line against the sky, inspired by Ray Strong’s Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon).

Animal Mask and Bird Designs for Bronze Vessels
July 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled, ca. 1924. Linoleum cut. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ala Story Purchase Fund.

Abstract Prints
August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Experiment with different hatched, lined, and dotted patterns to create prints in silvery inks on dark paper.

Ray Stanford Strong, Van Gogh Bridge, Amsterdam, 1971, Conté crayon on paper, SBMA, museum purchase, funds provided by and anonymous donor.

Local Poets on Ray Strong
Thursday, June 11, 5:30 – 7pm

Santa Barbara poets follow Ray Strong's example in SBMA's exhibition and write about the world "Beyond Santa Barbara," while remaining true to locally cultivated poetic visions.

Museum Front Steps

Lansdowne Hermes, Roman, Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE); Marble; Gift of Wright S. Ludington.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Landscapes of Ray Strong
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Capture the contour lines of the classically rendered human form after guided viewing of select Greco-Roman sculptures in the Museum’s antiquities collection. Practice drawing light and shadow on musculature and drapery through the use of dark and light values.
All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above)  on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.

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