Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!
Surfing has become a monstrous, mega-million dollar international business, but at the center of it all, there is a dance. Ryan Lovelace hand-builds surfboards, working with reverence to preserve and protect the power of the dance no matter the cost.
By day, one can hear the sounds of pianos being fixed and practiced in Jim Connolly's piano repair shop and studio space in Santa Barbara. But at night, the space erupts with live entertainment.
A duo of artists, the Adler Brothers hustle to make ends meet in the underground, but also hang increasingly often in the upper echelons of international fine art.
"Standard Deviation" is a pop-up show organized by a bunch of mildly mad creative-types to commandeer a massive retail space front and center on Santa Barbara's main drag in the middle of the city's busiest tourist week of the year.
Know anyone who traded a high finance job for plein air painting? Probably not. But in Santa Barbara, one man did just that. Chris Potter is an everyday painter who paints every day.
- ADLER BROTHERS
- BEST OF
- BEST OF 2012
- CHRIS POTTER
- JIM CONNOLLY
- PIANO KITCHEN
- POP UP
- POP UP SHOW
- RYAN LOVELACE
- SANTA BARBARA
- SANTA BARBARA ART
- STANDARD DEVIATION
- STATE STREET
- VISUAL ART
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