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Amharic Abstractions at Sullivan Goss

Amharic Abstractions at Sullivan Goss

By Charles Donelan, Independent

AUGUST 27, 2020

Thanks to the fine staff at Sullivan Goss, there’s at least one pre-pandemic pleasure that’s still available in unadulterated form, and that’s the sublime experience of losing yourself in contemplation of a great painting. The exhibition Wosene Worke Kosrof: For Love of Words, which is on view at the gallery through September 21, is packed with some of the most generous and striking examples of contemporary abstraction you’re likely to find anywhere right now, and all that’s required is that you mask up before visiting the gallery, which is open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

HOLLI HARMON, Bloomin' Señorita, 2020

Women Rule

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

AUGUST 24, 2020

Clad in a Mexican peasant outfit, the young woman confidently sits astride a horse rearing on its two back legs while a black and white cow observes nearby.

Barely visible in the background are the words “Hi,” “Aloha,” “Ola,” “Howdy” and “Haku.”

The title of the enigmatic oil painting is “Greetings from California, 2020,” and it is part of artist Holli Harmon’s first solo exhibition, “Califia,” on view through Sept. 21 at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery on East Anapamu Street.

Painter and printmaker Holli Harmon joins the Wildling Museum's webinar series with Califia and Beyond

Painter and printmaker Holli Harmon joins the Wildling Museum's webinar series with Califia and Beyond

by Caleb Wiseblood, Santa Maria Sun

AUGUST 12, 2020

Strong female figures are integral to the works of portrait and landscape artist Holli Harmon, whose latest muse is a mythical warrior queen, Califia, aka “the Spirit of California.”

“Somehow, Califia was in my subconscious,” the local painter told the Sun, while discussing her art featured in a new exhibition, the Califia Series, at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara (through Monday, Sept. 21).

HANK PITCHER BOOK

HANK PITCHER BOOK

By Charles Donelan, Independent

AUGUST 11, 2020

With such clarity and positivity in short supply, this new volume devoted to the paintings of Hank Pitcher comes as a much-appreciated balm to the spirit. Paging through its 254 richly colorful pages allows one to fathom the range and intensity of Pitcher’s output over a career that stretches without a break from his enrollment at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies in 1967 to the present. Although he’s probably best known for bringing images from surfing into the canon of fine art, this retrospective demonstrates how various his work has been over five decades, and how deeply rooted it is in the unique advantages offered by our region.

HOLLI HARMON, Before They Came, 2020

Holli Harmon: Musings of California and Beyond

Independent

AUGUST 1, 2020

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is pleased to welcome artist Holli Harmon for the next installment of the museum’s digital presentation series on Wednesday, August 19, 2020at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Harmon previously exhibited at the Wildling Museum as part of The River’s Journey in 2018. On July 31st, she opens a new exhibition at Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery featuring her most recent body of work, Califia, referencing the mythical female warrior who became the state of California’s namesake.

 

Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

JULY 29, 2020

Well-known Santa Barbara artist Hank Pitcher likes things simple, whether painting iconic scenes of contemporary California culture and the coastal landscape or describing their back stories.

This message comes across loud and clear in the huge, coffee-table book, titled simply, “Hank Pitcher,” recently published by Sullivan Goss — An American Gallery.

 

Photograph of Hank Pitcher painting by Hart Pitcher

MAKING WAVES: A New Monograph Celebrates the Art of Hank Pitcher

By Lorie Porter, Santa Barbara Magazine

JULY 28, 2020

For nearly five decades, Hank Pitcher has painted what he knows best: Santa Barbara and the people who inhabit it. Now his gallery of 20 years, Sullivan Goss–An American Gallery, has produced an impressive monograph (Hank Pitcher, available at Upstairs and Pierre Lafond) packed with vibrant images accompanied by thoughtful essays penned by scholars, colleagues, and friends. It's a well-deserved paean to the artist's oeuvre.

New Book Published about CCS Art Faculty Hank Pitcher (Art '71)

New Book Published about CCS Art Faculty Hank Pitcher (Art '71)

UCSB College of Create Studies

JULY 9, 2020

As one of the original students at the College of Creative Studies (CCS), Hank Pitcher (Art '71) was influenced immediately by seminars with visionary scientist Buchminister Fuller and the beginning of a long association with literary critic Marvin Mudrick, the first CCS Provost. Working with distinguished faculty and visitors at CCS is the foundation upon which he has built his own work and on which he credits his success.

PATRICIA CHIDLAW, Ghost Train, 2020

Patricia Chidlaw’s “Elsewhere, Paradise”

By Josef Woodard, Independent

JUNE 29, 2020

Any time is the right time to check in on the evolving artistic life of Patricia Chidlaw, one of the finer and more singular painters of note who call Santa Barbara home. But, ironically or not, her work — with its attitudinal and stylistic links to the lonely luster of Edward Hopper’s painting — suddenly feels more timely and emotionally resonant than ever in our current era.

PATRICIA CHIDLAW, Rice Bowl Cafe, Lompoc, 2020

Patricia Chidlaw Eyes the Overlooked

By Kit Boise-Cossart, Lum ArtZine

JUNE 22, 2020

Down through time, easel painting has been invented, reinvented, constructed, deconstructed, put to death and brought back to life again.

Solidly grounded in the historical elements of pictorial representation, Patricia Chidlaw’s approach to painting is vibrantly alive in a new exhibition at Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery. Here, steadfast windows are open to a world of unique and overlooked wonders from California and the desert Southwest.

Judy Foreman: Artist Hank Pitcher’s New Book Paints Santa Barbara in a Bold Light

Judy Foreman: Artist Hank Pitcher’s New Book Paints Santa Barbara in a Bold Light

By Judy Foreman, Noozhawk

JUNE 14, 2020

One of my first outings when the coronavirus lockdown started to ease was to pick up my long-awaited, signed copy of artist Hank Pitcher’s namesake retrospective at Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara.

International Museum Day: Explore seating designs from 200 BC, motifs of Bauhaus lineage and more from your home

International Museum Day: Explore seating designs from 200 BC, motifs of Bauhaus lineage and more from your home

By Shristi Singh, Architectural Digest, May 18, 2020

MAY 18, 2020

“I always hear people say that in the design for any chair or garment, the inside is just as good as the outside. The idea is to make the experience as immersive, engaging and fresh as possible,” says Divya Thakur of her intentions with her latest curatorial feat—expanding the Museum of Design Excellence (MoDE) to a digital and consequently, global landscape—made possible due to a partnership between the Museum and Google. “Brick-and-mortar museums usually think to convert physical aspects into digital. We are creating exhibits only for the digital platform…something that is tailor-made for the virtual world.”

Palm Springs' desert beauty offered renowned artists solace and inspiration

Palm Springs' desert beauty offered renowned artists solace and inspiration

By Tracy Conrad, Desert Sun

MAY 10, 2020

It was remarkable then — and even more amazing now looking back — that so many important artists came to the desert in the early days.

These artists, whose paintings now garner unimaginably handsome sums at auction, worked “en plein air,” away from their studios, capturing the subtle and ever-changing colors of this unique landscape.

The early 20th century was a time of innocence and exploration in California’s desert wilds. Some painters were driven to escape the ravages of tuberculosis, and others, like Lockwood de Forest, who made 10 documented visits in the very beginning of the 20th century, were drawn by the extraordinary views made glorious by an indescribable yellow light.

SUSAN McDONNELL: A Quiet Nature

SUSAN McDONNELL: A Quiet Nature

American Art Collector, May, 2020

MAY 1, 2020

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem,” says A.A. Milne from the popular book Winnie the Pooh. This quote has directly affected the new work of artist Susan McDonnell, who will be showcasing her magical, highly realistic animal and wildlife paintings at Sullivan Goss. While her past collections have explored the intri- cacies of still life, she slowly expanded to include living elements.

Digital sales not a viable business alternative for local art galleries during COVID-19 shutdown

Digital sales not a viable business alternative for local art galleries during COVID-19 shutdown

By Josh Grega, Santa Barbara Newspress

APRIL 22, 2020

No business these days is immune from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, be it ones that fall under industries designated “essential” and those that don’t.

Many in the latter category have resorted to completely digital means to keep going with varying degrees of success, but this isn’t really a viable alternative for Santa Barbara’s many art galleries.

The Natural Art of Seeing

The Natural Art of Seeing

By Richard Louv, Children & Nature Network

APRIL 21, 2020

Recently, I asked folks to send stories about animals who had changed their lives. Artist Susan McDonnell sent me her story, told through a painting.

As an explanation for the painting, here is what she wrote:

“In the early 2000s, I lived in a house with a small garden pond. In the late Spring, a Red Darner dragonfly took up residency. I started taking photos at a distance and got closer and closer. Over time the dragonfly let me get within inches and then let me lightly touch its wings. This dragonfly showed up every morning around 10 and patrolled the pond until around 4 pm for about 4 months. We ‘visited’ every day and I spent a lot of time quietly observing and marveling at the dragonfly’s beauty. As you can see from the photo this dragonfly was a bit of a ham.”

PHOEBE BRUNNER, The Persistence of Abundance

Review | Phoebe Brunner's 'A Wild Delight'

By Josef Woodard, Independent

MARCH 10, 2020

Venturing into an exhibition of paintings by Phoebe Brunner, one expects a certain transformative effect, to encounter something of an alternate reality. Land, sky, and reworked art historical references have long been at the heart of her painterly interests, but always under the influence of varying degrees of dream logic. 

Dvortcsak Retrospective to Open at Sullivan Goss

Dvortcsak Retrospective to Open at Sullivan Goss

By Michelle Tahan, VOICE Magazine, P. 24

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS to commemorate the five decade career of distinguished artist and painter, Michael Dvortcsak, will be on display at Sullivan Goss from February 28th through March 22nd with an opening reception on Thursday, March 5th from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition, A Life's Work, includes paintings from many of Dvortcsak's major series of life work, providing viewers with a snapshot of how his art and career has evovled over the course of his life.

The S.B. Questionnaire: Nathan Vonk

The S.B. Questionnaire: Nathan Vonk

By Roger Durling, Independent

February 16, 2020

“Art helps,” states Nathan Vonk unequivocally. “It’s there to make you happy. It’s a constant in times of trouble and change, and it’s something that you share with loved ones and friends.” 

MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT, Succu

Homestead, the fifth solo exhibition for Meredith Brooks Abbott at Sullivan Goss to open February 6th

By Staff, VOICE Magazine, P. 22

JANUARY 30, 2020

THE DEEP TRADITION OF CREATION IN RESPONSE TO A SOUL TIE WITH THE LAND will envelop Sullivan Goss on 1st Thursday, February 6th when they open Homestead, their fifth solo exhibition of Meredith Brooks Abbott's work.

WERNER DREWES, Untitled, 1978

BREAD N' BUTTAH

By Ted Mills, Santa Barbara Sentinel

JANUARY, 2020

Sullivan Goss gets lots of shout-outs in this column, and why not? They have a major show nearly every other month, and one of our top for-profit galleries in Santa Barbara, which is an achievement in itself, just existing for so long, promoting the best of our living artists and representing our past as well.

Mysterious, But Acclaimed South Coast Painter From 1940's, 50's Focus Of Exhibition

Mysterious, But Acclaimed South Coast Painter From 1940's, 50's Focus Of Exhibition

By Lance Orozco, KCLU (NPR)

DECEMBER 20, 2019

This is a story which may leave you with more questions than answers. It’s the story of a both obscure, yet acclaimed artist who pushed the boundaries of abstract watercolor paintings. Harvey Leepa did what some critics call his best work during a quarter of a century of seclusion in Montecito.

A Passionate Pursuit

A Passionate Pursuit

By Lorie Porter, Santa Barbara Magazine, p. 88-95

NOVEMBER 24, 2019

LIke most art collectors, the Nicholsons – Sandi and Bill – are interesting people. What makes them fascinating is the nature of their collection: All of the work is by women artists.

Nathan Huff: Stories for Dreams are Hung

Nathan Huff: Stories for Dreams are Hung

By Jean-Claude Le Gouic, LaCritique.Org

September 8, 2019

Nathan Huff's exhibition at the Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, which runs until 2019 September 24, is titled The Stories We Tell Ourselves. The young Californian artist relies for his visual creations on elements spotted in nature and around him. In this exhibition are gathered works that include certain realities belonging to the plant world (trees, plants but no animals this time) to which are added representations in a reduced model of things produced by man (boats, ladders, etc.).

In the Studio with Patricia Chidlaw

In the Studio with Patricia Chidlaw

By Kit Boise-Cossart, LUM Art Zine

JULY 29, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019, was the last day to view a collection of landscape painter Ray Strong’s work at the Wildling Museum in Santa Ynez Valley, the day coincidentally, I sat with Patricia Chidlaw in her studio to talk about painting.

SUMMER ART: Unanchored

SUMMER ART: Unanchored

By Ted Mills, Santa Barbara Sentinel, p. 16

JULY 26 - AUGUST 30, 2019

Nathan Huff's paintings and sculptures are made of recognizable objects – boats, sails, trees, rocks – but combined in a dream-like way where all defy gravity and encourage you to do so, too. In his solo show "The Stories We Tell Ourselves," Huff brings a selection of works since he arrived in town to teach at Westmont in 2013.

Nathan Huff: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Nathan Huff: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

By Kerry Methner, VOICE Magazine, Cover and page 32

JULY 26, 2019

ENGAGINGLY FAMILIAR, YET TEAMING WITH OFF THE WALL DYNAMICS, Nathan Huff: The Stories We Tell Ourselves will be center stage at Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery's 1st Thursday on August 1st from 5 to 8pm. 

KNOWNS, UNKNOWNS, AND SIMPLY HANGABLE

KNOWNS, UNKNOWNS, AND SIMPLY HANGABLE

By Ted Mills, Santa Barbara Sentinel, p. 12, 24

JUNE 15 - JULY 26, 2019

Barring any unknown knowns and known unknowns, our current most vital exhibition happening this summer is Inga Guzyte's "#rebelwomen" solo show at Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu). And I'm not just hyping it because I wrote a cover story on her for Montecito Journal (cough, cough), but seriously, Guzyte is about to blow up big time, much like her friend David Flores.

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