The Architectural Foundation
of Santa Barbara Presents

Petra: the Ancient Stone City of Jordan
a Lecture by Allan Langdale

Thursday, July 21 at 7p.m. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara 229 E. Victoria Street. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

The fabled Nabatean city of Petra, in Jordan, is one of the world’s wonders. A UNESCO World Heritage site since the mid-1980s, Petra continues to provide new discoveries. It is one of the world’s most remarkably conceived urban environments: a city whose major monuments were not constructed but carved out of the sandstone of massive cliffs, valleys, and outcrops. This lecture takes us on a tour of the ruins of the 2000 year-old city, from its unique entrance—a canyon called the Siq—to its monumental tombs known as the ‘Treasury’ and the ‘Monastery’, as well as its open air ritual sites, streets, and temples. Other topics include the complex hydrological projects of the people who built Petra, struggling to preserve water in a dry desert environment.


Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian who teaches at UC Santa Cruz but who also works half the year as a tour leader for Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad/National Geographic, and Zegrahm Expeditions. He is the author of the definitive guidebook to the art and architecture of north Cyprus and a recent travel book Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness. He has traveled extensively in the Eastern Mediterranean; Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Middle East. He has also made a documentary film on the historical architecture of the little known medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta.

For more on Mr. Langdale… click here

We look forward to seeing you there!

Current Exhibition


Breathing Space: Recent Prints by Bay Hallowell

July 1 to August 5 (noon), 2016
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Friday, July 1, 5-7 p.m.

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Breathing Space: Recent Prints by Bay Hallowell. An opening reception with the artist, music by the Jaybirds String Band and refreshments will be held on Friday, July 1 from 5 – 7 pm. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through Friday, August 5 (noon).

The phrase Breathing Space connotes a physical environment, a state of mind, a moment in time, as well as the act of breathing. Hallowell explores intersections of these meanings in vibrant, multi-layered monoprints created with oil-based inks on Arches 88 and BFK Rives paper using stencil and viscosity techniques. Lush gardens, architectural elements, the experience of breathing and of meditating, and a sense of both inner and outer space are all subtly invoked in this diverse series of unique, light-suffused prints.

Hallowell received a B. A. in painting and drawing at Bennington College (VT) where she also studied art criticism. After working as a museum educator/curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and teaching at the Tyler School of Art (Temple University), she studied printmaking in Santa Barbara with Siu and Don Zimmerman, Elaine LeVasseur, and Michael McCabe. She is a member of the LA Printmaking Society, the Santa Barbara Printmakers, and the Inkspots of Ventura.

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.

For more information and appointments, contact Bay at bayhallowell@gmail.com or 805-455-4787, and visit bayhallowell.com.

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