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Spring ArtVenture Camp
Meet the Masters: 500 Years of Italian Painting
March 30 – April 3, 9 am – 3 pm
Step back in time! Explore the world through the eyes of Italian master artists. Paint mythical stories, portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes inspired by Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

$215 for SBMA Members/$250 Non-Members
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
To register, visit


Family 1st Thursday
April 2, 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.

Gaudenzio Ferrari, Head of Madonna, n.d.  Black and colored chalks on blue paper. Lent by the Joseph B. and Ann Koepfli Trust

Pen and Ink Portraits
April 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Draw the delicate lines of Gaudenzio Ferrari’s Head of Madonna in pen and ink on tracing paper and finish by mounting on tan board.

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Head of a Man, ca. 1508–10. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (53.8 x 43.6 cm). Glasgow Museums, Purchased by Glasgow Museums, 1971 (3283). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Curator’s Choice Lecture: James Clifton
The Italianness of Italian Art
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm
James Clifton is director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator in Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University with a dissertation on Neapolitan painting of the 17th century. Clifton has curated exhibitions, written film scripts, and published widely on the arts of early-modern Europe.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members and Students
/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
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Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
April 12, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.
In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.


Francesco Guardi, 
View of San Giorgio Maggiore, ca. 1760, Oil on canvas, 28 5/16 x 47 1/2 in. (72 x 120.6 cm), Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (184) © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Courtesy American Federation of Arts

April 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Draw in reverse by using a scratchboard tool to reveal the light colored lines of your landscape beneath the dark top layer of the board.

Domenichino, Landscape with St. Jerome, ca. 1610. Oil on panel. Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (139). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Poetry in the Galleries: "...the beginning of always."
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara poet laureates Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost as well as Jon Snyder, Dante scholar and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian at UCSB, read from selected works and original compositions inspired by the exhibition.

Preston Morton Gallery

Ernest Ange Duez, Woman in Grey on Board Ship, Gazing at the Sea, 1873. Oil on canvas. SBMA Museum purchase with funds provided by the Suzette and Eugene Davidson Fund.

Mystery in Masterpieces
Saturday, April 18, 6 – 9 pm
Diabolical clues and clever wordplay are the orders of the evening as the SBMA Women’s Board, once again, presents the popular Mystery in Masterpieces. Clue Master Jamie Fleming and his inspired blend of treasure hunting and art appreciation challenge guests at this lively fundraiser.
For more information, contact Karen Kawaguchi at 884.6428 or visit

Sandro Botticelli (and Possibly Assistant), The Annunciation, ca. 1490–95. Oil, tempera, and gold leaf on walnut panel, 19 1/2 x 24 7/16 in. (49.5 x 61.9 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Highlights of the Exhibition of Italian Masterpieces from Glasgow by Director Larry Feinberg
Sunday, April 26, 2:30 pm
Larry J. Feinberg, the SBMA Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and an authority on Italian Renaissance art, offers an insightful and lively introduction to the highlights of the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition. Feinberg analyzes and explains the meaning of outstanding works by some of the greatest Italian masters represented in the show, including Botticelli, Bellini, and Titian, as well as compelling and beautiful pictures by lesser-known but highly-gifted masters, such as Paris Bordon and Carlo Dolci. The speaker also demonstrates how one can trace five centuries of art history and culture through these important paintings, from medieval works of the 14th century through Impressionist pictures in the later 19th.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
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New Orford String Quartet
Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 pm

Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 2009, violinists Jonathon Crow and Andrew Wan, violist Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker came together with a plan to revolutionize the concept of string quartet playing in Canada and promote Canadian works, both new commissions and neglected repertoire from the previous century. Rather than committing to a year-round schedule, the members of the quartet meet for residencies in various centers for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire. In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its debut album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. They will perform Haydn’s Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1, Tim Brady’s Quartet No. 2, and Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 by Beethoven.

Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members/$22 Non-Members
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An Evening of Period Music

Thursday, April 30

5:30 – 6:30 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections
6:30 – 7 pm   Quire of Voyces
7 – 7:45 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections

The Rosary Sonatas were composed in the 1670s by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and are being performed by Andrew McIntosh and Arthur Omura with baroque violins, harpsichord, and organ. This brilliant, sublime, and famous set of works epitomizes many of those aspects of baroque music that are most compelling: inventiveness, reverence, eccentricity, wild virtuosity, meditative austerity, and unusual tunings. Early 17th-century selections from the violin repertoire complement Biber's pieces.

The Quire of Voyces is a dynamic a capella group that was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

Museum Galleries

Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA, The Painter’s Gesture; Eye of the Needle; Blowing the Fire; Haircut, from the series “One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-Two Faces,” March 1883. Color woodblock print. SBMA, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland A. Way.

Curator's Choice Lecture: Miriam Wattles
Mastering Light and Darkness: The Art of Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA
Sunday, May 3, 2:30 pm

One of the last great ukiyo-e (floating world picture) masters of Japan, Kobayashi KIYOCHIKA (1847–1915) is well known for his intense engagement with Western artistic practices in his prints and paintings. Having studied under both Western and Japanese artists, his range and output was astounding. His oeuvre included radical experimentations with light and shadow in Tokyo landscapes, battle scenes of the Sino- and Russo-Japanese wars, biting political satire and militaristic propaganda, as well as paintings and prints that gave a comical twist to traditional themes. Miriam Wattles, professor of Japanese Art History at UC Santa Barbara, focuses on Kiyochika’s paintings and prints from the Museum's permanent collection, highlighting the way he combined dark and light humor in his satirical cartoons and propaganda series.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members and Students/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks or online at

Stick Performance by Emmett Chapman
Thursday, May 7, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

In 1969, the Stick was created to embody the advantages of an electric guitar, while exploring the range of two-handed playing. This is a special opportunity to hear canonical pieces by Impressionist composers, such as Claude Debussy and Maruice Ravel, as interpreted by the Stick’s inventor, Emmett Chapman, in conversation with important paintings from the ongoing exhibition Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation.

Ridley-Tree Gallery

Jewels by Alisa Winston Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, May 9, 12 – 5 pm

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Alisa Winston creates jewelry that seems effortlessly glamorous. However, behind this stunningly simple jewelry are stones of the highest quality and exquisite artistry. Winston notes, “My raw materials range from semi-precious gems, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearls, to native fair trade stones. I never lose sight of comfort and durability. I find the perfect balance of beauty and everyday wearability.”

Museum Shop

Mar Jewelry Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, May 23, 12 – 5 pm

Mar Jewelry has been designed and made in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. Each piece is meticulously handmade in the studio using a variety of high-quality materials, including sterling silver, gold, seaglass, and pearls. The innovative designs have collected numerous awards and the pieces are showcased in galleries and museums stores throughout the United States.

Museum Shop

Summer ArtVenture Camps

June 15 – August 21
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art.

For more information or registration, visit

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