AFSB Volunteers at the Music Academy KDA sketch session.

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Landscape Architect Robert Adams assists young artist at April 5th KDA session.

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Pictured: (from left to right) Event Volunteer Cameron Carr; Vice President: Jeremy White, Program Coordinator: Sophie Rubenstein & guests enjoying the scholarship reception.



Merit Award recipients: Program Coordinator: Sophie Rubenstein, Robert Adams, Rosa Alvarado, Kathi Brewster, Nance Cole, Otha Cole, AFSB Treasurer Brian Hofer, Tom Jacobs, Event Chair: Lori Kari



From Left to Right: President, Cass Ensberg, Scholarship Recipients: Carrie Carlson, Stephanie Manson-Hing, Elizabeth Savage, Sonia Trujillo, Serina Zepeda and Executive Director: Nancy Caponi.

Current Exhibition

Julie Young “Vishnu and Others,” April 18-May 30, 2014
Architectural Foundation Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 5-7 pm; 1st Thursday Reception: May 1, 5-8 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara announces a new exhibition of abstract paintings by Julie Young, entitled “Vishnu and Others.” An accomplished landscape painter, Young is also a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist. You are invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, April 18th from 5-7 pm. Refreshments will be served. A 1st Thursday reception will be held on May 1st from 5-8 pm, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.

Inspired by natural landscapes, Julie Young’s abstract paintings convey an approximation of sensations experienced with particular environments. Her compositions engage with endlessly moving ‘supplementary traces’ of meaning that lean into each other, fall away, and then rise up again. The exhibition title refers to the Vishnu Basement Rocks, exposed granite layers in the Grand Canyon’s inner gorge that inspired the artist’s work after a recent visit. Young moved from Nantucket to Santa Barbara thirteen years ago, and she continues to travel between the East and West Coasts. In the artist’s words, “I was always captivated by the beauty of my surroundings, but it took me a while to find an idiom for the sights passing before my eyes– such an abundance of nature and light, humanity and vegetation, mountains and vistas on a grand scale.”

Julie Young is originally from Ogden, Utah. After graduating with a BA in English from Utah State University, she taught junior high school for six years. She subsequently lived in Nantucket, Massachusetts where she worked as a real estate broker and an entrepreneur. She spent several winters attending the Art Students League in New York City, and was a member of the Nantucket Artists Association. After completing an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Young earned a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica in 2008.

The Architectural Foundation Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. The entrance on Garden Street is ramp-accessible. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please call 805-965-6307 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

Architectural Foundation
229 East Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Gallery Exhibit: Santi Visalli: “A Walk through Urban America”

Architectural Foundation Gallery, October 18-November 22, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 5-7 pm
Santi Visalli Gallery Talk: Friday, November 1, 7 pm, Tickets $10

Visalli 8Skyline with snow from Kenneth Hahn Park LA.April 91The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is proud to announce a new exhibition of architectural photographs by Santi Visalli entitled “A Walk through Urban America.”  The public is invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 18 from 5-7 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Join us for a special gallery talk with Santi Visalli on Friday, November 1st at 7 pm; admission will be $10 per person.

Santi Visalli focuses on architectural imagery for this solo exhibition, which includes 21 color photographs.  A master of traditional film techniques, the artist produced his own digital prints from film.  For more than 40 years, this award-winning photographer traveled the globe as a news photographer and photojournalist for some of the world’s leading magazines, newspapers and book publishers.  He has been acclaimed for the range, precision and poetry of his fine art photography.

City skylines, famous buildings and significant architectural details from U.S. cities including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and our own Santa Barbara will be presented. Visalli captures the essence of powerful monuments in a unique way, using precise timing to record momentary lighting effects at twilight, sculpture dusted with fresh snow, or a full moon rising over an intricate tapestry of urban architecture.  Unusual viewpoints of major bridges and buildings include technically difficult photographs taken from high above the ground.

-¬14Stairway at the Rookery Chicago2003In the words of Santi Visalli, “A responsible architect creates a good environment for humanity.  In this walk through urban America, with the proper light and the right lens, stone comes to life.” Buildings designed by top architects are portrayed, including Charles Bulfinch, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Charles Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, I.M. Pei, Helmut Jahn, Michael Graves, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank O. Gehry. Continue reading