Current Exhibition

Double Vision: One Location, Two Artists

September 18 – November 15, 2018

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Double Vision, a new exhibition by Libby Smith and Nina Warner, which opens September 18, 2018, at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.  The exhibition features approximately 34 oil paintings and will be on display until November 15, 2018.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Libby and Nina will also host a First Thursday reception on November 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Nina Warner and Libby Smith share a love of plein air painting (painting outside on location) and of the landscape of Santa Barbara County.  This exhibition reveals the two artists’ points of view whether looking at the same scene, or in different directions, or down the road from each other—a tradition extending from the 19th-century Impressionist painters’ practice of working outside together.

“Painting outside lets you watch things change – sometimes slowly and quietly, almost imperceptibly – sometimes suddenly and surprisingly, but always inexorably changing.” (Nina Warner)

Smith and Warner are both retired from many years of teaching in the Art Department at Santa Barbara City College.  They started painting landscapes outside on location at the urging of another friend who wanted to give it a try.  Since then Libby and Nina have gone out painting every Monday for the past seven years.  This exhibition is a result of those adventures.

“I love a vista, an open space. It draws you in and asks what is just beyond that hill or horizon? Shall we go?” (Libby Smith)

Libby Smith and Nina Warner are also members of Rose-Compass, a group of six artists who recently presented a well-received exhibition, The River’s Journey at the Wildling Museum in Solvang.  A new version of The River’s Journey is now open at City Hall in downtown Santa Barbara and will be on view through March 2019.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and by appointment (please contact Rocio Iribe at 805-965-6307).

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

229 East Victoria Street

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