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Now at the CAW


Pamela Zwehl-Burke Presents:

A Crow Show

Drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures about our ubiquitous neighbors.
February 2 - 24, 2024
Opening on Friday, February 2, 2024 - 5:00 to 8:00 PM Gallery hours Fridays 10AM to 6PM, by appointment*, and during most events

The Crow Show is an exhibition of drawings, etchings, paintings, sculptures and cut-outs featuring corvus brachyrhynchos, our local common crow. Guest artists are David Maxim, Nina Warner, Nanda Currant and others.



About Pamela:

Making drawings paintings, prints, books and sculptures is a way of understanding what we experience. I’ve been making art all my life. 


Since retiring from a long career of teaching (drawing, life drawing, printmaking, design and artists’ books) my studio work has expanded to include large format charcoal drawing, large oil pastel drawings and smaller graphite drawings. 

I make artists’ books in many forms, traditional and polymer-plate prints, and large and small paintings. 


For more information about Pamela Zwehl-Burke, visit her website at or to contact her directly, she can be reached at

*For appointments to view the show, please text the CAW at 805-324-7443

Desmadre Media Presents:

The Backyard Boogie
A night of funk in Santa Barbara
An event para la cultura

Saturday, February 24, 6 - 10 PM 
Funk, lowriders, vendors, food, chelas, y mas! Don't miss out!
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The Backyard Boogie is all vinyl, all night by A Smooth Exchange & Le Hooligan with a special guest set by FUNKFREAKS.

This event is a curated night maket of local vendors, classic rides of Santa Barbara on display, and a tattoo pop-up by Old Town Studio.

Vendors include:

*Us Vs All *Deadstxle *The Stories
*A Happy Mush *Little Mary 805 *Santa Luz Studio *Chillona Cosmetics *A Strawberry Letter *Desmadre Mundial 
*Petalz To the Metal
*Vanae Rivera 
*Funk Freaks Boutique


With Food By:

Big G's BBQ


Chelas From Third Window Brewing

Westmont Theatre Presents:

The Capulet Black & White Ball
After the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Directed by John Blondell
February 29, March 1- 3 at 7 PM, and March 1-2 at 9 PM 
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An immersive, site-specific, completely contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s breathtaking tragedy: In this performance, Shakespeare’s play is cut, refashioned, and refracted through a contemporary lens, using modern staging techniques to bring audiences directly into the beating heart of the play.


Dance at a party. Watch a street brawl. Enter a tomb. It's Juliet and Romeo like you’ve never experienced it!


Taken from the Independent 
by Maggie Yates

This kind of theater experience is the inspiration for director John Blondell’s upcoming Capulet Black & White Ball, a deconstructed, immersive version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The production is mounted at CAW (the Community Arts Workshop), which has been transformed into the Capulet villa for the masquerade party where Romeo and Juliet first meet. “That’s the immersive element,” says Blondell. “The audience is invited to a party. There will be stuff to eat, music, opportunities for dancing and games…Let the play spill out of that.”

Featuring the Westmont student actors, The Capulet Black & White Ball only has six performances between February 29–March 3, with 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows March 1–2. Blondell calls this kind of theater “visceral” and “edgy,” and describes the production as artistic experimentation and exploration. “I like taking these texts and carving them up,” he says. “The text is fragmented, telescoped. There are things that happen really fast and things that play out for a long time so we can explore them.”

The Capulet Black & White Ball is produced by the Westmont Theater Department. Don’t miss this unique immersive theatrical experience in the heart of Santa Barbara! 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Gateway Educational Services Presents:

Stop the Hate Poster Contest

Building a Community of Compassion and Love with Respect and Nonviolence

March 5 - 22, 2024

Opening Ceremony held on March 9, 3 - 6 PM
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The theme for Stop the Hate Poster contest is: Building a community of compassion and love with respect and nonviolence. K-12 and College Winners of the "Stop The Hate" Poster Contest will be awarded prizes at the Opening Ceremony on March 9, 3 - 6 PM. 
for more information about Gateway Educational Services, go to

Gateway Educational Services was established in 2009 by educators, business professionals, and community leaders passionate about changing access to education and the ways in which students learn. We are Santa Barbara's only non-profit learning center. 

LOV3 Worldwide Presents:


A Film Festival for the Nobodies
March 7, 2024, 4 - 9 PM
From the organizer:

At LOV3 Worldwide, our mission is to create a dynamic space for emerging artists, fostering creativity that defies the mainstream currents of pop culture. We are dedicated to providing a platform where unconventional voices can flourish, transcending boundaries and challenging norms. 

Our launch event, LOV3 Fest, epitomizes our commitment to this mission. It is not just an event; it is a celebration of artistic diversity and expression. Through film screenings, live music, and local food vendors, we aim to create an immersive experience that resonates with those seeking something beyond the ordinary. 

LOV3 Fest is more than a festival; it's a testament to our belief in the power of unbridled creativity. 

Kathy Leader Presents:

Hom/e-age to Earth
How we will remember the earth in a future age

March 5 - 22nd, 2024
Opening March 8th, 5 - 9 PM
Workshop March 9th, 10 - 1 PM
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From the Artist:

I have been working on a body of art for some time and I now want to share it and let the paintings tell their story. All of the pieces speak to my personal journey, my love of the natural world, and how we will remember the earth in a future age. The images deal with my spiritual relationship to nature and my longing for humans to stop and reflect on what is happening to our planet. To see more of my work visit Kathy Leader Studio.

In addition to my personal work, I am a passionate creative coa
ch, guiding artists and non artists alike. The Art Process Studio is an online and in person entity. From this process oriented philosophy I encourage and support anyone who wants to explore their creativity as a means of self discovery and healing. Businesses and corporations seeking to provide wellness programs to their employees have successfully used the services of The Art Process Studio.

*For appointments to view the show, please text the CAW at 805-324-7443

Collage & Paint Workshop
with Kathy Leader

Kathy will be conducting a hands on workshop on March 9th, 10 - 1 PM at the Community arts Workshop, to speak about and demonstrate her process while giving participants a chance to make a small piece. 

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Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative Presents:

Art KIT (Know Important Tools)
Intellectual Property for Artists: How to protect your creative work

March 10, 11 - 3 PM
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In this workshop, three lawyers and one artist will answer important questions about how trademarks, fair use, public domain, and copyright. The first half of the workshop will be a panel-style Q & A followed by a networking lunch and then more private breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

Workshop Presenters

Matthew Berger, practicing law for 43 years focusing on entertainment, publishing, music, film, literature, and fine art with an emphasis on trademarks, copyrights, licensing, digital rights, intellectual property issues, business, contracts, and estate planning including drafting Literary Trusts.  His practice is in Santa Barbara with clients in Santa Barbara County and throughout California and beyond.

Diana Diaz grew up in the Los Angeles area with a camera in her hand. She attended UCSB and Santa Barbara City College before obtaining a Master of Music in Opera Theater. She has directed and performed in opera, choirs, musicals, and plays. She continues working on photography as an art. She had her first solo show last fall and her photos have been featured in publications and art shows.

Ian Smith (Copyright) is a partner with Stradling’s Santa Barbara office.  Ian practices in emerging growth companies, securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law and business matters.

Casey Summar is the managing partner of The Law Firm for Non-Profits where she helps good people do good things by handling the legal needs of nonprofits and their leaders. She serves on the boards of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and The Colleges of Law, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative values innovation and sees artists and artist groups as an integral part of our culture and economy. Art KIT is designed to support creatives at any stage of their career with a solid administrative foundation for sustaining their work.

For more information about Art KIT visit:

Eric Saint George Presents:

Figure Drawing Workshop

March 10, 9 - 12:30 PM
This workshop is appropriate for all levels including beginners. Demos and hands-on critiques are an important part of the instruction.

From the organizer:


The goal of this short workshop is to give an introduction to tools and methods one can use to improve the liveliness and expression of quick gestural drawings of the human form.

Focusing on short poses (mostly 30 seconds to 2 minutes), students will practice techniques and exercises to develop hand-eye coordination and learn strategies for gesture drawings (such as in which order to start and develop the drawing) and improve their ability to draw quick and expressive drawings.


Proposed agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Set-up
9:00 - 9:30 AM Introduction and instruction with slide projections
9:30 - 12:15 PM Working with the model. More instruction during the breaks. Demos and critiques.
12:15 - 12:30 PM Critiques, discussion, Q & A
12:30 - 1:00 PM Cleanup

Cost: $50. Model fee is included but tips are appreciated. Materials are not provided. Recommended supply list will be provided to registered participants. Tables and chairs will be available, but participants are strongly encourages to bring an easel.

To register, email Eric Saint Georges at

Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) Presents:

Annual Lottery + Cocktail Party

March 16, 7 - 10 PM
A Benefit for the Visual Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School.

Each year, local artists donate original art pieces that are raffled off at the VADA Draw event. Guests go home with a piece of art and enjoy a fabulous party that features local food and beverages, music, and community.

Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) is a school within a school that integrates academic coursework with art instruction. In this unique environment, students who thrive when art is incorporated into learning find their creativity valued and their passion encouraged. In addition, VADA
consistently lives up to its mission of truly representing a demographic cross section of the Santa Barbara community.

For more information visit:, or call 805-966-9101 ext. 5055

Use the CAW

The CAW collaborates to empower and provide affordable space for art projects of all kinds. Have an idea? Use the CAW.

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The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative works to maintain the CAW as a "blank canvas" for as wide a diversity of arts uses and users as possible, providing space and collaborating with project initiators to make their ideas a success for the benefit of the broader community, and supporting and cultivating collaborations between artists and arts organizations, community groups, the business community, non-profit organizations and the entire community.

Find out more about how you can use the CAW here: 

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