Intro-PPF15 RoyalBall 0561Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) held its annual Royal Ball fundraiser on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA. The sold out event with 500 distinguished guests, celebrities, and dignitaries attended the fundraiser gala, which supports Pacific Pride Foundation’s vital programs and services for the LGBTQ and HIV communities.


Home to artist studios and the Museum of Ventura County Tool Room Gallery, are open to the public First Fridays of each month. Artists can be seen working or displaying their art on days when there are special events taking place in the Tool Room Gallery or Community Room. Open every First Friday 6-9pm.

10The Museum of Ventura County exhibited new acrylic paintings by Erik ReeL last Friday evening at The Tool Room @ Bell Arts Factory. The show feature works from his most recent series, Rebar. This exhibition continues ReeL's exploration of mark-making and its relationships to signification. The rebar motif is a loosely defined metaphor for the strength at the core of meaning, something inside and hidden within the concrete.

intro-2On Saturday September 20th, Studio Channel Islands Art Center presented Art à la Mode, a celebration of art with gourmet dinner by Chef Jason Collis of Plated Events. The evenings honorees were visionaries and founders J. Handel & Carol Evans with the 2014 Medici Award. The evening entertainment featured a musical performance by Canadian Guitarist Kevin Enstrom. This amazing event was held at the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center.

New-cropped2-VAM Exhibit5Congratulations to the artists – Alphonso Acosta, Linda Garcia, Rima Muna, Devin Oatway, and Nash Rightmer; and to the curator, Erik ReeL, a vision well executed!

3This past June 20th Kat Merrick's Totally Local VC held their Annual Dinner at the ...Dinner series at the Olivas Adobe.Gabrielle Moes of Seasons Catering was the chef for this magical evening under the magnolia trees and drinks were featured from Four Brix Winery, Surf Brewery and Beacon Coffee. At $135.00 per person, it was well worth the price and what a great concept, everything totally local and so very delectable.

Ian Bankhead 2Ian Bankhead, a senior at Laguna Blanca School and a member of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, who had the honor of playing with the Santa Barbara Symphony for its May concerts.

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