Lecture, Dr. Allan Langdale

Langdale-Acht Amar 2015 (251)Title and Description: Lecture, Dr. Allan Langdale
for the Santa Barbara Architecture Foundation
July 29th from 5:30-7:30

Title: “The Church of the Holy Cross and Armenian Architecture in Eastern Turkey”


The masterpieces of Armenian architecture are not well known in the west, except perhaps to Armenians themselves who treasure it as part of their rich heritage. In the first two weeks of May of this year, Allan Langdale went on a journey in eastern Turkey to visit two of the most important Armenian sites: the Church of the Holy Cross (Acht’Amar) and the ruined churches found at the ancient Armenian capital of Ani near the modern city of Kars. Dr. Langdale’s lecture is on the history, form, function, and sculptural decoration of these monuments, focusing on the church of the Holy Cross, a remarkable 10th century monastic church situated on an island in Lake Van, dramatically surrounded by towering volcanic mountains.

Biographical Statement:

Allan Langdale is a historian of art and architecture who specializes in the architecture of Cyprus, where he lived from 2005-07, and where he made an award-winning documentary film on the medieval city of Famagusta. He has published several articles on the architecture of Cyprus and has written the definitive guidebook to the archaeology and historical architecture of north or ‘Turkish’ Cyprus. Allan has worked in the University of California system for many years, at UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. He also regularly works as a lecturer in the field for Lindblad/National Geographic, Smithsonian Journeys, and Zegrahm Expeditions, on small ships mostly in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. His most recent book is a travel book entitled “Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness”. His travel blog can be found at ‘Allan’s Art and Architecture Worlds’.

Ancient Japanese Papermaking lecture & video cancelled

The Ancient Japanese Papermaking lecture & video screening for July 9, 2015 has been cancelled. We will keep you informed if the lecture is rescheduled at a future date.

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Current Exhibition


“Emerging Pareidolia”
Mixed media paintings by Lori Wolf Grillias
July 17 to August 28, 2015
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 5 – 7pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by Lori Wolf Grillias, entitled “Emerging Pareidolia.” All are welcome to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, July 17 from 5 to 7 pm.  The show will continue through August 28.

Artist Lori Wolf Grillias returns to AFSB following a successful solo show in 2011. Using a variety of mediums, she paints with watercolor and acrylic, and draws using charcoal, graphite, caran d’ache crayons and watercolor pencil on paper and board.  Continuing her exploration of imaginary worlds constructed from familiar and mysterious elements, she creates a realm that exists in its own time and place.  Flora and fauna appear with enigmatic figurative references amidst densely woven compositions of brilliant colors, shapes and forms.

In the artist’s words, “As I walk through this world with my small phone camera… I record palette possibilities.  Life events, which are heard, seen, or even just felt, conjure my pareidolic inclinations. Together, a fantastic paracosmic world always grows.”  Pareidolia is defined as a psychological phenomenon where one observes shapes and forms in random stimulus, while a paracosm involves a detailed imaginary world, where humans and animals may interact with entities that are entirely alien and otherworldly. (Wikipedia)

After attending the Otis Art Institute in 1981, Lori Wolf Grillias earned a BFA from USC in 1985. She has received numerous awards, and has shown her work at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, SBCC Atkinson Gallery, Irvine Art Center, Laguna Art Museum, and Barnsdall Art Park.  Since 1995 she has been providing visual arts instruction for the Children’s Creative Project, and she is currently Visual Arts Instructor at the San Luis Obispo Art Center.

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, 11 am to 3 pm, and by appointment. The primary gallery entrance on Garden Street is accessible by ramp.

We look forward to seeing you!