Current Exhibition


Near & Dear: Pastel Paintings by Sarah Carr

August 12 through September 15
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, August 12: 5-7 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is delighted to announce a new exhibition, Near & Dear: Pastel Paintings by Sarah Carr. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, August 12 from 5 to 7 pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through Friday, September 15 (noon).

Near & Dear features recent pastel paintings by award-winning Santa Barbara artist, Sarah Carr. Her brightly hued images express her abiding love of landscape, particularly the Central Coast. Some favorite spots include the Douglas Family Preserve/Wilcox Property, Devereux Slough, Lake Los Carneros, Carpinteria Salt Flats, Naples and More Mesa and incorporate intimate details of wild grasses, trees, thickets, fields, marshes and water. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting techniques, Carr uses washes and pastel on sanded paper to create light, color vibrations, and movement.

Sarah Carr graduated from UCSB with a BA in Studio Art and earned a secondary teaching credential in art and a Masters in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design while on sabbatical from Dos Pueblos H. S. and Goleta Valley Jr. H. S. where she taught from 1968 to 2003. She has participated in solo and group shows in Santa Barbara and upstate New York, both juried and invitational. She is a member of Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment, Santa Barbara Art Association, Goleta Valley Art Association, Mesa Artists Studio Tour and a long-time committee member of The Student Art Fund.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, and by appointment.

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