Current Exhibition


“Wet World: How Rain Affects Architectural Impressions”
Oil Paintings by Judy and Warner Nienow
April 15 to May 29, 2015
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, April 24, 5-7 pm

Warner and Judy Nienow’s new exhibition, “Wet World: How Rain Affects Architectural Impressions,” will be shown at the Architectural Foundation Gallery from April 15 to May 29, 2015. The public is invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artists on Friday, April 24th from 5-7 pm. Refreshments will be served.

In their first collaborative theme-based exhibit since 2004, artists Judy and Warner Nienow investigate the visual variations rain creates on city surfaces in “Wet World”, whether it be drizzle or downpour, Manhattan or Paris. The challenge was to set aside high contrast, sharp edges and bright colors for the alluring mystery of muted day tones or a thousand wet reflective surfaces on a city street at night. From a Gothic church facade in a German village to a rack of children’s rain boots; from reflective State Street puddles to iconic buildings glimpsed through diamond-like raindrops on windows; and from dueling images of the Louvre on a rainy morning, each artist strives to bring a unique, individual style to their offerings in the 27 painting exhibition.

A native of Santa Barbara, Judy Nienow holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from UCSB. As a visual artist, she is primarily self-taught since childhood. Her paintings are divided between Urban Landscapes and Agitated Still Lifes, and she explains, “both allow for provocative exploration of behavioral narratives which have recently unfolded or are about to occur.” Her surrealist art was displayed in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Both artists have shown their paintings in France at the Chateau des Reaux in the Loire Valley and at The American Art Gallery in Deauville, Normandy, as well as the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y.

Warner Nienow is the recipient of The Arts Fund’s 2004 Individual Artist Award in painting. He regularly participates in local exhibitions, including shows at the Fielding Graduate Institute, S.B. Maritime Museum, The Arts Fund, Gallery 113 and the Faulkner Gallery. Born in Milwaukee in 1939, Nienow earned a BSEE with honors from the University of Wisconsin, and had a long, successful career as an engineer and software manager at General Motors. Warner Nienow studied painting with realist master Claude Buck from 1968-1971, and he is an active member of the S.B. Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association.

The Architectural Foundation Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara, with a ramp-accessible entrance on Garden Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. Images are available upon request. Press Contact: Nancy Clare Caponi. Please call 805-965-6307 for more information.

KDA Sketch Sessions 2015


2015 Kids Draw Architecture Annual Saturday Sketch Sessions:

April 11th from 1-3 pm, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara Street
April 25th from 1-3 pm, El Presidio de Santa Barbara, 123 East Canon Perdido Street

The Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce the annual Kids Draw Architecture sketch sessions, taking place on April 11 and 25, 2015.  Sketch sessions are free and drawing materials will be provided. The award-winning Kids Draw Architecture program was developed by the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara to enrich our community’s awareness of the built environment.  Young people are encouraged to sketch our architectural landmarks, guided by local architects and artists.

Designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by architect E. Keith Lockard, The Unitarian Church of Santa Barbara was constructed in 1930. Distinguishing features of the church and courtyard include stucco and scalloped walls, stained glass windows, wrought iron gates, gabled front entrance, arched loggia, bell tower and fountain.  In 2007 it was designated as eligible for the California Register of Historic Resources, and was named a City Landmark by the Historic Landmarks Commission due to its historic and cultural significance in 2014.

El Presidio de Santa Barbara was founded in 1782 as one of four Spanish military fortresses built in California. The site includes original adobe structures distinguished by red clay tile roofs and whitewashed walls, including El Cuartel, the second oldest surviving building in the state. Operated by the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation, The Presidio became a California Historical Landmark in 1958 and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  The KDA sketch session coincides with El Presidio’s Founding Day Festival, which features a costumed reenactment of the original founding ceremony.

Celebrating a tradition of over twenty five years, the Kids Draw Architecture program brings together professional architects and artists to sketch significant buildings with Santa Barbara County youth of all ages.  2015 Kids Draw Architecture calendars containing selected drawings and KDA T-shirts and other merchandise will be available for purchase during these events.  All are welcome to participate!

Illustration by James Dwelley, age 10, 2006.
Additional images are available upon request.  Please call 805-965-6307 for further information.

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