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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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LETTER

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LIVE

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DESIGN

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TRAVEL

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A PASSIONATE PURSUIT

Films to fete, holiday pop-up markets, and more

Noelle Wolf's intimates collection and more

Home decor stores and fun finds

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Local authors' new reads, fine art, and more

Chic soirees and recently opened hot spots

Art-centric getaways here and abroad

Written by L.D. Porter

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LIVING WITH THE ARTISTS Written by Ninette Paloma. Photographs by Sam Frost

108 BIG SHOT Written by Katherine Stewart. Photographs by Guy Webster

120 BAND OF BROTHERS Written by Claudia Pardo. Photographs by Courtney Ellzey

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Our Winter issue is always one of my favorites as it is themed around the creative culture in our midst. This is the time of year when we see an influx of Hollywood and its actors and creators who come to our town to celebrate cinema—where it first started at the turn of the 20th century—with the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January. We are always proud to continue our partnership with SBIFF, bringing the cinematic arts and education to our community. Art permeates our surroundings everywhere you look. From the murals of the past to the contemporary Funk Zone’s painted walls to 1st Thursday art walks (and sips!) around downtown’s studios and galleries. And in the homes that dot our landscape, some breathtaking works and collections can be discovered. Jacquelyn Klein-Brown—a long-standing board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art—has curated quite an assemblage of her own. She, along with her family, opens up the doors of their home in “Living with the Artists” (page 96) to share a peek into their lifestyle that reflects a lifetime of collecting. Speaking of collectors, Bill and Sandi Nicholson have always been passionate about art and antiques, but it is their focused acquisition of works by women artists—the largest in the world—that has our attention. In “A Passionate Pursuit“ (page 88) , we feature five of those females who have special connections to Santa Barbara, including our cover image of Santa Barbara’s own famed dancer and choreographer Martha Graham shot

by photographer Imogen Cunningham in front of Graham’s mother’s Santa Barbara house in 1931. The Nicholson’s dedication to bringing to light women artists’ struggles, diversity, and talent in a mostly male-dominated art world is a gift to us all. Jump a few decades later, and you arrive at the world of iconic musicians and celebrities of the 1960s and ’70s who were captured by renaissance lensman—and Ojai resident—Guy Webster (“Big Shot” page 108). He produced images that spoke to a generation of a wild and rebellious time now gone but never forgotten. We talked with his daughter Merry about her father’s legacy of that counterculture era and about his private family life away from the spotlight in the hills of Ojai before his death earlier this year. He’s left a stunning archive that the family soon hopes to turn into a documentary. And with legends, you also have to look to the next generation—the ones who hope to carry on the musical torch. We have seen Katy Perry and Jack Johnson, among many others, rise to stardom from our shores. And as music is a melodic art form, we look for it in the small bars around town—from SOhO to Topa Topa—reflecting the sounds of our citizens. We want you take note of an all-American trio— The Brothers Gerhardt—who are quickly becoming the ones to watch in folk/country rock music on the Central Coast. Check out “Band of Brothers” (page 120) to see where they may be playing next. All great art is representative of our times—our struggles, hopes, and dreams. Be it through music, art, or film, it is our voice and our statement that we leave to future generations to ponder and enjoy…and that it is happening from our vantage point is only a wonderful sign of what is to come.

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CONTRIBUTORS C O URT N E Y EL L ZEY “Everything about shooting the Gerhardt brothers felt nostalgic to me,” says the shutterbug who captured the musical trio for “Band of Brothers” (page 120). “Seeing them play for their gig at Topa Topa made their bluesy tunes sound even richer.” S.B. MUST DOS Watching Tina Schlieske perform. • Shopping at The Blue Door for great finds. • The Santa Barbara Bowl for all the magic.

N I N E T T E PA L O M A “It’s so rare to see such an expansive collection of contemporary art outside of a gallery or museum, and Jacquelyn Klein-Brown’s generosity of spirit and reverence for the artists illuminates every corner of her beautiful home,” says the writer who penned “Living with the Artists” (page 96). S.B. MUST DOS Early morning midweek strolls through Lotusland. • Watching the UCSB Arts & Lectures powerhouse Dance series. • Catching the latest art house films at the SBIFF Riviera Theatre.

KAT HERINE S T EWART “I grew up with those iconic images of The Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, The Byrds, and The Mamas and the Papas sealed in my teenaged brain,” says the part-time Santa Barbara resident who wrote “Big Shot” (page 108). “It was amazing to learn more about the man and family behind the images.” S.B. MUST DOS The Telepoem Booth at MOXI allows you to access the work of local poets in ways that meld past, present, and future. • The many concerts at the Summer Music Festival at the Music Academy of the West. • The Santa Barbara International Film Festival—think of it as what Cannes used to be.

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CLA U D IA PARD O “Telling the story of The Brothers Gerhardt was a joy. It was a pleasure to meet the humble and wickedly talented trio,” says the writer who got to know the siblings for “Band of Brothers” (page 120). “Jacob, Nels, and Peter’s story is rich with subtleties and emotive frankness, and I loved the challenge of communicating the right tenor, cadence, emotion, and mood that their story merited.” S.B. MUST DOS The Monet works at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is impressive. • During summer, I love to take a picnic and sit by the fountain at the courthouse. • Witness local artists create masterpieces at I Madonnari Italian street painting festival. 28 winter2 0 2 0

S AM F ROS T “I loved being with a collector of art who bases their purchases purely on instinct and connection,” says the photographer who shot Jacquelyn Klein-Brown’s eclectic abode for “Living with the Artists” (page 96) as well as designer Noelle Wolf for “Second Skin” (page 41). S.B. MUST DOS The Vedanta Temple to find a bit of serenity. • Strolling through the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. • Walking on one of the many beaches.


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Show Time The ATKINSON GALLERY at Santa Barbara City College is one of the best places in the city to see contemporary art; and John Connelly, the gallery’s new director, is likely to make it even better. A Baltimore native, Connelly spent almost three decades in New York City, where he helmed the Andrea Rosen Gallery, ran his own gallery, and (more recently) directed the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. He’s also armed with a master’s degree from New York City’s Hunter College. (“I’m a big proponent of city and state schools for the value of the education,” he says.) Given his background, it’s no surprise he has exciting plans for the gallery. His first exhibition, “Eleven Figures,” opens January 10 featuring figurative works by contemporary Southern California artists who Connelly admires or has worked with in the past, including Manjari Sharma and Xaviera Simmons. Artist lectures will accompany the exhibition, and Connelly has access to the gallery’s annex—the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room—to display work. In addition to the annual juried student show each spring, Connelly’s future projects include a series of exhibitions entitled “What is America?” that will explore American identity. Stay tuned. 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, 805-965-0581, gallery.sbcc.edu. L.D. PORTER

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“Tatsuo Miyajima” on display from December 22 through April 5 at the SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART, 805-963-4364, sbma.net.

With a glittering black-tie gala dinner that honored Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese with the prestigious Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has kicked off its 35th season. The event, which took place on November 14 at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, benefited SBIFF’s free, year-round educational programs and paid homage to Scorsese’s long list of movie classics, from Taxi Driver and Raging Bull to his new work, The Irishman. The roster of tributes during the festival— taking place January 15 through 25—has also begun to be filled in: The Virtuosos Award presented by UGG is going to a quartet of actors whose performances have recently put them in the spotlight. They include Awkwafina (The Farewell), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), and Taylor Russell (Waves). And for her outstanding career—most recently as the star of Judy—Renée Zellweger is receiving the American Riviera Award, during what promises to be another memorable celebration of the cinematic art. Sbiff.org. JOAN TAPPER

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Lutah Returns LEFT TO RIGHT: Lutah ; one of Riggs’s architectural

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After screening in more than 50 domestic and international film festivals, LUTAH, the homegrown documentary about local architect Lutah Maria Riggs, is returning to Santa Barbara. Written and directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, and coproduced with Leslie Sweem Bhutani and Gretchen Lieff, the film first premiered six years ago at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Don’t miss the reprise screening at the Lutah-designed Lobero Theatre on January 5. 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-9630761, lobero.org. L.D.P. 33


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TOP TO BOTTOM: Art for Deck the Halls; Nathan Hayden’s

Bringing About Rapture Conditions, 2018, ceramic and watercolor on paper, 9 x 4 x 5 in.

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Holiday Scene Head up to the Ojai Rancho Inn on December 14 for DECK THE HALLS’ holiday market. 615 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-6461434, ojairanchoinn.com.

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Miramar Christmas Don’t miss the Rosewood Miramar Beach’s magical TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY on November 27—a festive start to the holiday season.

1759 S. Jameson Ln., Montecito, 805-900-8388, rosewoodhotels.com.

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NIGHT MARKET Arlington Plaza is hosting its third annual CHRISTMAS MARKET on December 5 from 4 to 9 pm and December 6 from noon to 9 pm. Shop local at the plaza’s boutiques and restaurants, or pick up some gifts from local makers and vendors.

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This year’s HOMESPUN CRAFT FAIR holiday pop-up is taking place December 7 from 10 am to 5 pm at the historic Casa de la Guerra. Expect to shop items such as herbal skin essentials by EarthTonics, cutting boards and chopping blocks from Stormy Monday Goods, Black Mountain Ceramics’ mugs and vases, art, jewelry, and more.

15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara.

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NOVEMBER 30-JANUARY 3 This year’s SOLVANG JULEFEST has a plethora of events planned during the entire Christmas season. Some of the family-friendly things to do include Santa’s Village in Solvang Park, the Nisse Adventure—a scavenger hunt of sorts where children tour Solvang to locate 12 Danish Christmas elves—candlelight walking tours, the annual tree lighting and parade, and more. The pièce de résistance: the new Christmas Drone Show, Aurora Dronealis—a synchronized drone swarm light show of 100 autonomous drones with choreographed music—that is viewable five miles in all directions from the base in town. Cityofsolvang.com. DECEMBER 7 This year’s OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS in Los Olivos promises fun for all from noon to 7 pm starting with an artisan holiday market (perfect for gifts and stocking stuffers), a Gingerbread Wonderland and meet and greet with Santa at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, a “train” ride and tree lighting in town, where food trucks and vendors are offering up festive bites. Losolivosca.com/ los-olivos-olde-fashioned-christmas.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kim Reierson’s Last Sunset Waves

at Rincon , 2017, archival ink jet on fine-art paper, 11 x 14 in.; installation view of “A Santa Barbara Photographer’s Eye” at Person Ryan Gallery in Summerland; gallery owner Leslie Person Ryan; Reierson’s Surfboards on a Woody , 2016, archival ink jet on fine art paper, 11 x 14 in.; Ken Pfeiffer’s King of Springs , 2016, digital print on metal, 30 x 20 in.

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Since its inception a year ago, the PERSON RYAN GALLERY has donated a percentage of its sales to nonprofit organizations focusing on environmental and social causes. That spirit of generosity comes from the gallery’s namesake, Leslie Person Ryan, a California native who also owns the Letter Perfect stationery/design stores in Montecito and Summerland (where the upstairs gallery is located). For Person Ryan, helming an art gallery is a return to her roots. A corporate fine art consultant in the early 1980s in Los Angeles, she directed the Ruth Schaffner Gallery upon moving to Santa Barbara. She’s also a veteran charity volunteer and former president of Santa Barbara’s Junior League, so it makes sense that the gallery’s shows always provide an educational component in the form of lectures and classes. A tireless civic booster, Person Ryan cochairs Summerland’s Beautiful Committee, has plans to establish the Summerland Center of the Arts at the gallery’s locale and to add the services of a mobile food truck to the neighborhood. The gallery’s latest exhibition, “A Santa Barbara Photographer’s Eye” (on view through December 24), is a group show she cocurated with local artist Robyn Geddes. The 12 participating artists were invited to designate the charities that will benefit from the show. “We have everything from the Gaviota Coast Conservancy to Santa Barbara High School’s girls soccer team,” Person Ryan says with a smile. 2346 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-770-3677,

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Designer NOELLE WOLF recently launched her eponymous lingerie collection soon to be seen in luxury storefronts from London to Florence to Portland and Rome (and also in our own The Shopkeepers, 805-883-3122, theshopkeepers.com, in the Funk Zone). Herewith, we talk about how she’s approaching “unmentionables” with a modern approach as a former fashion photographer agent/ mother-of-two turned intimates connoisseur. Where do you source your lace and fabrics? We are only working with the best fabrics we can find. For this season, we are using Japanese leavers laces, Swiss embroideries, Austrian lace, and French silk. Your brand has transcontinental roots with offices in London and Santa Barbara? Yes, most of the design talent, fabric suppliers, and factories are based in Europe. Being situated between London and California gives us a global edge.

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“I worked with my friend, the artist WRDSMTH, on a collaboration for a part of the collection. We chose some of his indelible phrases and created labels that are affirmations for the wearer, inspiring them when they need it during the day.”

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TOP TO BOTTOM: Wolf at home wearing a dress and slides by The Row; in a Sonia Rykiel jumpsuit in her dining room designed by Tommy Clements.

PHOTOS BY SAM FROST. STYLED BY SESCIE ANTIN. MAKE-UP BY KERRY MALOUF. HAIR BY MARILEE ALBIN. NAILS/MANICURE BY DANI PIOLA/ZEN DIVA SPA.

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ART + FASHION Our winter WISH LIST SOUL LACE BODYSUIT ($265). “A gorgeous piece to buy as a gift for someone special, or for yourself. The Japanese leavers lace we used in this part of the collection feels amazing against the skin.” SOUL LACE BRALETTE ($110). “I don’t want to wear underwire every day, but I still like to have some support, so the subtle side boning detail on this bra is perfect.”

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Balmain poncho and leather hat, prices upon request.

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Moncler Orbeillaz jacket, $2,320.

WAVE BANDEAU ($130) and THONG ($80). “The wave pattern was inspired by our company logo, which is essentially how I sign my name. The bandeau bra has a beautiful fit and looks best when worn, so some of it is on show.”

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LOCAL ROOTS THE FARMACY SB—Santa Barbara’s first fully licensed, adultuse cannabis storefront (customers must be 21 and go through check-in upon arrival)—opened its doors in August on Mission Street. “We’re committed to sustainable practices both in our choice of products and environmentally focused community activity,” says founder and Santa Barbara native Graham Farrar. Based on the idea of “farm-over-pharmacy,” many of the various wellness, beauty, edible, and recreational products are grown locally with plenty of options for new and returning customers. They also offer a neighborhood deal—bring in a same-day purchase receipt from a neighboring business (The Daily Grind, Mission Street Ice Cream & Yogurt, or Derf’s Cafe) and take home a preroll for just $5. 128 W. Mission St., Santa

LITTLE WEST’s cold-pressed juices (from $8.75)—the only all-natural CBD beverages on the market—are infused with highquality nano-emulsified CBD that contains 0 percent THC and can help stress, reduce inflammation, regulate mood, and more.

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Home Grown After years of preparation, COASTAL DISPENSARY recently opened downtown. The

bright and airy 6,000-square-foot space offers more than 400 high-end cannabis products, including its own line grown in Carpinteria. All employees participate in a Coastal Cares community service program, completing eight service hours each quarter. In addition to the flagship, there are locations planned for Goleta, Lompoc, and San Luis Obispo, as well as a manufacturing facility in Santa Barbara.

Inspired by a friend’s battle with cancer, Amanda Jones and Jennifer Chapin created each of the four flavors of cannabis-infused KIKOKO teas for various experiences. Available in tins of 10 (from $40) or individual packets (from $6) locally at The Farmacy SB and Coastal Dispensary. Kikoko.com.

1019 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, 805-380-7730, coastaldispensary.com.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The Farmacy SB; founder Graham Farrar; Coastal Dispensary’s downtown storefront.

A full-spectrum CBD oil for healthy recovery from exercise, CHARLOTTE’S WEB hemp oil extract ($165) is also effective in combination with the specially formulated Joint & Muscle relief jelly ($85).

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Hemp seed oil combined with squalane and adaptogens nourish and calm skin with Herbivore’s Emerald hemp seed deep moisture glow oil ($48, Sephora).

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Fitness Fanatics Montecito personal training gym PHYSICAL FOCUS is straying from its typical one-on-one setting with a new group circuit-training program, PFx. This 50-minute full-body workout (from $30/class) improves strength for all ages and levels by creating an energetic environment and motivational support network. Class size is kept to less than 18, so trainers can make sure participants are performing more complex moves correctly to maximize their workout and protect their bodies. 140 Hot Springs Rd., Montecito, 805-695-0450, physicalfocus.com. CIARA GILMORE

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Having started out as a subscription-based wellness box delivery, Santa Barbara-based Julie Skon’s RITUELLE now offers Reiki sessions (from $65/single session; $1,155/seven). Focusing on one chakra (energy center) at a time, Reiki heals blockages that contribute to anxiety, depression, brain fog, and more to feel more lively and functional. “I love discovering new ways for our minds and bodies to heal and thrive,” says Skon, who will be certified as a Reiki master in December. “I received a Reiki treatment and couldn’t believe how profound the positive effects were, both physically and emotionally. RITUELLE is how I share what I find—from products to rituals from around the world—but growing this business has also led me on an path of learning healing techniques that I can physically treat others with.” Myrituelle.com.

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Beauty Stop Christine Starr’s HONEYS has been a go-to for waxing and lash and brow services for the last decade. “We offer a lash lift ($95), which semipermanently lifts the lashes for up to three months,” says Starr. “This service replaces the need to use a curler.” The salon also specializes in brow microblading ($550) and more. 209 W. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805-9638300, ilovehoneys.com. 46 w i n t e r 2 0 2 0

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Calm Mind Get centered at MONTECITO MEDITATION, Sarah McLean and Tina Lyn’s new wellness studio that offers guided meditations ($20/class) as well as beachside and silent sessions, mindfulness classes, retreats, special events, and more. Says McLean, a founding director of the Chopra Center for Well-Being who has been teaching meditation for more than two decades: “Meditation is so beneficial and can upgrade anyone’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” 1805 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Ste. G, Santa Barbara, 707-496-3011, montecito-meditation.com.


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It was a balmy October evening as guests explored the ins and outs of LUCCA ANTIQUES, Susan and Stephen Keeney’s new design showroom (to the trade by appointment), which was celebrating its opening in the Old Firehouse in Montecito’s Upper Village. With a background playlist of jazzy standards and servings of delectable appetizers catered by Poe & Co., guests marveled at the transformation of what had most recently been a bank into a stunning showcase for the Keeneys’ boldly eclectic furnishings, accessories, and art. “Everything here Steven and I have chosen and have either made, reconstructed, or redesigned,” notes Susan. She added that they’d long wanted to spend more time in the Montecito home they’ve owned for seven years, so when the landmark property became available, they saw it as a welcome addition to their showroom in Los Angeles. “It needed a lot of work. It was the shell of a magnificent historic building, and there were a lot of stipulations on what we could or couldn’t do,” she acknowledges. “But we wanted to put our own design in it and have it come alive.” They redid the 7,000-square-foot space to feel like a house. “We put in a Belgian kitchen in the front and a bar inside,” adds Susan. “We renovated the patio so we could have dinners and invite clients.” The resulting maze of rooms leads from discovery to discovery—a living room seating area here, a corner table and banquette there, a long dining table and interesting chairs in another alcove, striking abstract paintings and enigmatic sculptures everywhere. The pieces often mix vintage, antique, and new elements. “After 20 years of being in the business, we’re confident in our aesthetic,” she says. “We want to find something that’s authentically beautiful and make it modern.” 1486 E. Valley Rd., Montecito,

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RIGHT: Susan Keeney; Lucca Antiques renovated Montecito’s Old Firehouse but retained the old arched entry; room upon room filled with the Keenys’ tasteful finds; the showroom includes redesigned vintage and new furnishings, art, and accessories. For coverage of the opening party, go to @santabarbaramag.rsvp.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Kyle Irwin’s signature touches; kitchen decor; the bright exterior of Field + Fort.

For Kyle Irwin, the opening of FIELD + FORT in Summerland has been a homecoming of sorts. The interior designer, who launched Botanik in that town a couple of decades ago, most recently had his studio in downtown Santa Barbara. “But I’d been thinking I had one more retail store in me,” Irwin says. The new shop—with his design offices upstairs— occupies the former Summerland Grocery/ Cantwell’s building. But the old rustic look has been utterly transformed to a light open space with custom millwork, built-in cabinets, and area vignettes that show off the highly curated home furnishings, antiques, and one-of-a-kind pieces that Irwin likes to use in his work. Plus, there’s a cafe—aptly named Feast—with an all-day menu of soups, salads, and coffee drinks to eat in or take out. “It’s a place you could come, have a coffee, and buy a gift—a destination place,” he says, adding, “we wanted to do something different, inviting, and fun for the community.” 2580 Lillie Ave.,

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“I live in a beautiful place,” says Los Angeles and London-based interior designer Birgit “Bee” Klein, who moved to Montecito four and a half years ago, and “I have met amazing people. I’ve wanted to open a design studio up here for a long time. I also wanted to offer fabric, accessories, and custom furniture, along with upholstery, rugs, and lots of the European brands I’m known for.” Those desires became reality in midNovember, with the official opening of BIRGIT KLEIN INTERIORS, her new shop in the Upper Village (in the former Julianne space). She’s retaining her two other offices and staff, but the new space allows her a lot of flexibility: “My goal is to travel a lot less and do more projects locally. Not everyone can afford to do a whole house. Many people want to focus on a specific project—redo one room or refresh it. I want to make this more accessible. “We don’t have a trademark style,” she adds. “Tell us what you like, and we’ll make it work. We’ll make your dreams come true.” 25 San

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Birgit Klein; her studio filled with furniture, fabrics, and more.

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Handwoven tule chair, $1,500.

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What’s Old Is New Newly arrived at WILLIAM LAMAN ANTIQUES in Montecito’s Upper Village are the contents of a container from Europe—the results of the buying trip that Laman and interior designer Bruce Gregga recently made to Britain, France, and Italy. “You never know what you’ll find,” says Laman, but in this case the discoveries included wonderful 18th and 19thcentury furniture and accessories as well as period pieces by French furniture designer Pierre Chapo. Also among their finds are woven rattan pieces from the 1950s, harbingers, perhaps, of the next new thing. “The biggest trends are wicker and bamboo,” says Laman. “We saw a lot of that in the furniture markets in Europe.” 1496 E. Valley Rd., Montecito, 805-969-

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stool, $695.

“The biggest trends are wicker and bamboo.”

Brighton Pavilion Island bamboo lounge chair, $450.

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settee, $3,975.


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9. 8. 1. Fireplace set, $635, Birgit Klein Interiors. 2. Graphite dinner plate, $21, Hudson Grace. 3. Travel Home: Design with a

Global Spirit , $40, Diani Living. Japonais cabinet, price upon request, William Laman. 5. Cisco

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x John Derian Fritillaria chair in Raoul Textlies, $4,115. 6. Magnifying glass, $70, Cabana Home. 7. Candle, $55, Jenni Kayne. 8. Faye Toogood patch rug, $6,210, Garde. 9. Turkish

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The All-Seeing Eye Robert Polidori’s majestic photographs change our view of the world

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Polidori’s photograph of Salle d’introduction aux galeries historiques, Salles du XVII, Aile du Nord—R.d.C, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France, 1985.

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Chances are you’ve already seen ROBERT POLIDORI’s stunning photographs. He’s widely known for his unsparing documentation of disaster sites, including the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the devastated neighborhoods of post-Katrina New Orleans (both of which were featured in The New Yorker magazine). For Katrina, the intrepid photographer spent four months in the ravaged city; the results were exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and published in book form as After the Flood (2006, Steidl). But Polidori is also interested in beauty; his enormous lush images of the restoration of the Château de Versailles—taken during a 30-year period—are nothing short of sublime. “The root of my work comes from the notion I have that rooms are both metaphors and catalysts for states of being,” he says. “What I’m interested in is the way buildings are used, and what humans or residents or people do to the building, and how the layers of time get superimposed on the surfaces of the walls.”

Originally from Canada, Polidori grew up in various parts of the United States (including Southern California) where his father worked as an engineer at Air Force bases and NASA installations. He originally studied film— obtaining an M.A. from State University of New York Buffalo—but pivoted to photography after deciding what he really wanted to do was look at the world in an anthropological way. “I’m better at recognizing what’s great than being great,” he says modestly. Now residing in Ojai with his family, Polidori always focuses on several projects simultaneously, including a long-term pursuit to document “autoconstructed cities” all over the world. (The term refers to neighborhoods that residents built entirely from leftover materials or other detritus.) He’s also produced more than a dozen books of his most compelling images. His work is collected and exhibited internationally and resides in numerous museum collections worldwide. New York’s Kasmin Gallery represents Polidori in the United States. Robertpolidori.com. L.D. PORTER

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Cabinet intérieur de Madame Adélaïde, Corps Central—R.d.C, Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France, 1986; Enfilade, Salle les princesses royales, (86) ANR.02.004, Salles du XVII, Aile du Nord—1er étage, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France, 2010; the photographer at work with a view camera in the 11 x 14 in. film format.

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An Artist’s Touch Fabric, jute, adobe, and string are just some of the tactile materials that N. Dash manipulates and uses in her art, the focus of the new exhibit through February 16 at the MUSEUM OF

CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA. Along with the artist’s

recent large multipanel paintings, curator Abaseh Mirvali has included pieces from Dash’s Commuter drawing series. For this ongoing project, Dash folds and refolds a piece of paper during her New York subway ride, then coats it with pigment, powder, or oil before hanging it. Notes Mirvali, “Even if Dash’s sculptural paintings appear at first to be two-dimensional, through close observation visitors will discover the diverse layers and textures embedded in each canvas. Dash’s works demand the viewer’s intimate engagement and active presence.” 653

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BEHIND THE LENS Sixteen years after Jeff Bridges’s first book of photos documenting his illustrious career on movie sets came out, the Santa Barbara-based actor has released his second—JEFF BRIDGES: PICTURES VOLUME TWO ($49.95, powerHouse Books). 64 w i n t e r 2 0 2 0

Indie/folk singer JESSIE BRIDGES— who has played on tour with her famous dad, the iconic actor Jeff Bridges, (see “Behind the Lens”)— recently fronted Stapleton Records: Move the Needle, Volume 1—a live performance and limited-edition vinyl collaboration between Montana visual artists and a coterie of 10 musicians who have deep connections to Big Sky country. The Bridges have long split their time between Montecito and their Paradise Valley family ranch.

PHOTOGRAPHS: N. DASH, COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA

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The Soul of Portraiture Santa Barbara photographer Chris Orwig’s latest tome, AUTHENTIC PORTRAITS: SEARCHING

FOR SOUL, SIGNIFICANCE, AND DEPTH

($45, Rocky Nook) is an inspirational read that delves into not only technical aspects required for capturing engaging photography but also the creative and emotional connection required to help bring out that in the subject. After Orwig suffered a skateboarding accident in college, his father gifted him his first camera. “That camera set me on a new path,” Orwig—a Sony brand ambassador—has said. Since then, he’s shot for local brands such as Patagonia, Channel Islands Surfboards, and SeaVees as well as national publications including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Surfer Magazine. Chrisorwig.com.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Orwig has trained his lens on the likes of pro surfer Kelly Slater; Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard; and local creative Beth Kuttner; Authentic

Portraits: Searching for Soul, Significance, and Depth.

Arts One to Watch Budding filmmaker and photographer HENRY HABER’s arresting black-and-white portraits

More of the portrait series can be found on Haber’s website and an upcoming show at Breakfast Culture Club, breakfastcultureclub.com, next spring.

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are a nod to his creative roots—his father is a freelance photographer, his mother an interior designer—and, ultimately, his industry muse, legendary photographer Richard Avedon. “In an attempt to emulate the essence of Avedon, the spark for my photographic endeavors emerged,” says the 17-year-old senior at the Multimedia Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. “I was inspired by the raw and gritty style of his portraiture.” Haber created his own portrait series focusing on blue-collar workers in the seaside town of Carpinteria—mechanics at the roadside Risdon’s 76 station and local butcher Chloe Rose. “Chloe’s lifestyle blurs the lines of distinction between gender roles,” says Haber. “Both of these subjects inspired me through the lives they lead and the stories they convey in their presence.”

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Deborah Richards recounts her inspiring journey as a mother whose daughters struggled with drug abuse and whose husband took his own life in her selfpublished SHIFT & SHINE: A MEMOIR ($14.99).

BOOK CLUB Give the gift of literature from these local authors

Local columnist Starshine Roshell’s self-published

LATHER, RAGE, REPEAT— FRANK TALK ON NIGHT SWEATS, DAY DRINKING & TWITLER ($20) is a compilation

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Arts Taking place in Santa Barbara, Matt Coyle’s LOST TOMORROWS ($16, Oceanview)—the sixth book in his Rick Cahill series—is a thrilling mystery where his main character finds his past colliding with his present.

Writes Press) is Hendrika de Vries’s memoir of her childhood as her father is deported from Amsterdam to a Nazi camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance.

Locally raised writer Gracie O’Connell describes the special relationship she had with her mother, Ellie, and all Ellie taught her before succumbing to ALS in

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Honoring the American mother of modern dance and female power, MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY: THE EVE PROJECT (from $56) takes place January 24 at 8:00 pm.

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Goldenvoice presents a multimedia experience of HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL (from $20) on February 28 at 7:30 pm. The jazz musician, his wife, and their band are performing songs from their Tijuana Brass and Brasil ‘66 days as well as tunes from The Beatles, Cole Porter, and more. For tickets, visit ticketing.granadasb.org.

A mix between Johnny Cash and James Brown, homegrown musician MENDELEYEV ALLAN-BLITZ brought a new soul to NBC’s The Voice this past season as he sang a “slow and low” Bob Dylan cover. Levsongs.com.

HADDON CORD has emerged on the local music scene with her latest popmeets-Americana single “All I Want.” The singer-songwriter has found inspiration from her paradise surroundings here in Santa Barbara, where she frequently visits the Music Academy of the West to immerse herself in her songwriting. Her music has layers of soothing vocals, acousticrock melodies and a folk sound that have audiences swaying. She’s hoping to take the stage in her hometown this coming year. Haddoncord.com.

Also currently on The Voice, Santa Barbarabased WILL BREMAN sang an artistic version of “Say You’ll Be There” by The Spice Girls, which carried him through the knockout rounds. Willbremanmusic.com. KARA PEARSON

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FLYING LESSONS “Students loved the idea of flying through the air,” says Ninette Paloma about the SANTA BARBARA CENTRE FOR AERIAL DANCE, which she founded 13 years ago. If that concept brings the circus to mind, it’s because aerial dance—and the use of a vertical apparatus— has its roots in the Big Top. In fact, Paloma (a contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine) was trained by former Ringling Brothers Circus members in her native Chicago while attending Columbia College. (She also studied in France, learning avant-garde aspects of the aerial arts.) This year, the center joined forces with the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, accepting a residency at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW) in downtown Santa Barbara, where classses are offered to both children and adults. End-of-season student performances take place on the Lobero Theatre’s stage, and the center also collaborates with arts organizations in Santa Barbara (including Opera Santa Barbara) and around the globe.

Don’t miss Intimate Encounters (December 18 at 7 pm)—a ticketed event celebrating the the organization’s new home and showcasing new works from its 13th season. 631 Garden St., Santa Barbara, 805-284-8785, sbaerial.com. L.D.P.

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A table for 34 guests stretches across the courtyard of El Caserio neighborhood.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Interior designer and host Madeline Stuart; a peek of the soiree.

Twist designer Madeline Stuart’s arm and she’ll throw an impeccable party. But in this case, there were two firsts to note. One was the launch of her new book, No Place Like Home: Interiors by Madeline Stuart (Rizzoli, 2019); the other was being the first person to ever shut down her block, which happens to be the enchanting, winding road of El Caserio in the Presidio neighborhood. Stuart invited all neighbors and close friends and turned her movie set of a street into an intimate, outdoor garden party that began with twinkle lights and ended with tiny jars of olives. “Our little enclave feels like you’re in a village in Spain or Italy, so a simple string of lights was a must—they can transform a suburban driveway into a magical space,” Stuart says. For her group of 34 guests she orchestrated one long table near their community garden and then added her own vintage napkins. “I’m the ironer in the family, bracing myself for a long afternoon of starching and pressing!” she laughs. “But using some of my own things made the dinner so much more personal.” Incorporating vintage ironstone serving pieces for the family-style dinner catered by Industrial Eats added to her list of personal touches. Stuart, who never misses a Saturday at the farmers market, chose the menu of grilled market vegetables with rosemary lamb chops, plus bites of bruschetta and chanterelle mushroom quesadillas. Guests dined among lots of candlelight, which she calls “mandatory for outdoor dining,” accentuated by 100 paper-bag luminarias hand-filled with gravel and votives. In lieu of place cards, Stuart and a neighbor marinated olives and put them in glass jars with each guest’s name written on a brown paper tag. “It’s not fancy or complicated, but the fact that we made them ourselves made the gesture so much more special,” she says. “It’s simple, but so charming.” JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER

Taste Appetizers Quesadilla of chanterelle mushrooms with caramelized onion and Gruyère Mini crab cakes with basil remoulade Dinner Rosemary parmesan-crusted baby lamb chops Bruschetta of Parma ham, basil pesto, and sungold tomato Braised Valley Piggery pork with fennel, garlic, and herbs Grilled market vegetables with tahini and lemon Sautéed Tuscan kale with lemon and fennel Heirloom tomatoes, grilled ciabatta, green chile, and burrata Little gems with farm egg and shallot-thyme vinaigrette Rosemary parmesan focaccia, dried tomato lavash Dessert Cookies and brownies

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Stuart calls candlelight “mandatory” for outdoor dining, and here she used glass jars with metal handles for votives, plus overhead trattoria lights; the designer at dinner; the evening’s vintages; cocktail napkins toast No Place Like Home .

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A New Gem Cocktails may be the big draw at the new PEARL SOCIAL, with a menu by mixology phenom Gavin Koehn that stretches from classic martinis to creative mocktails, but there’s so much more. Food by Jason Paluska (of sister eatery The Lark) includes fresh oysters and a dry-aged burger on a brioche bun. Music factors big, with jazz, blues, and rock bands sharing the stage throughout the week. And the design by August Studio— with velvet chairs, deep blue walls, and chandeliers—marries Mediterranean sex appeal with California sparkle. Taking over the former Les Marchands space, this new concept from Acme Hospitality is a nod to former Santa Barbara activist Pearl Chase. “She was all about the beautification and historic preservation of Santa Barbara,” says Acme boss Sherry Villanueva, “two values we share with her.” 131 Anacapa St., Ste. B, Santa Barbara, 805-284-0380, pearlsocialsb.com. GABE SAGLIE

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Inside Pearl Social; some of the libations on the menu; the August Studio-designed space.

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Sichuan lamb dumplings and a char siu bao bun

Welcoming new chef de cuisine Alex Bollinger to THE RITZ-CARLTON BACARA, SANTA BARBARA, Angel Oak—the resort’s fine-dining steak and seafood restaurant—has debuted new dishes as well as master sommelier Zac Welsh’s revamped wine list. Along with the changes at Angel Oak, the former Bacara Bar—now dubbed The ‘O’ Bar and Kitchen (a nod to the Chumash word for water)—also has a new menu featuring Mediterranean-inspired eats such as falafel sliders and seared salmon with lentil salad. 8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-968-0100, ritzcarlton.com/ santabarbara.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: “The theme started with a conversation on the concept and we quickly landed on the style of the Renaissance Dutch Masters,” says Andrews of this decadent holiday soiree. “The idea was to bring a still-life style of painting to life.”

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Soup’s On When the ORGANIC SOUP KITCHEN moved into its new home last May, it was the fulfillment of a long-held goal, to say nothing of a fitting way to celebrate the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary. “We’ve been working on getting our own kitchen for about seven years,” says Andrea SlabyCarroccio, OSK’s chief operating officer, “but we could never find a location to fit our needs.” A fundraising campaign had brought in about $250,000 from foundations and individuals, and when part of a closed restaurant on Anacapa Street became available, they acted. They gutted and rebuilt the space into a 1,700-square-foot, state-of-the-art industrial kitchen where they can efficiently prepare and distribute organic, gluten-free, plant-based, nutritionally dense— and delicious—soups to cancer patients from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley. “No other facility is like this,” she says, “and no other nonprofits do this. We have 265 cancer patients who have food delivered weekly.” The organization grew out of an initiative to provide soup to at-risk people affected by the Great Recession. Then “in 2013 we got a call from an 80 w i n t e r 2 0 2 0

oncologist who asked about making soup for a patient. The demand kept growing. Payment is based on need, with about 90 percent pro bono.” Working with farmers markets, nonprofit gardens, gleaners, and other sources, OSK gets produce and grains locally and buys nonirradiated organic herbs from Oregon. About 25 volunteers each week help slice and dice the veggies, make the soup, and deliver it, if needed. The biggest challenge, of course, is fundraising. In light of fires, mudslides, and wind events that affect utilities, OSK is launching a new campaign to make the kitchen completely sustainable, fueled by solar power and using an atmospheric generator to produce water. “Having the kitchen has been a dream,” says executive director Anthony Carroccio. “The next thing is to turn it into a true eco-kitchen, so that if we have an earthquake, say, we’ll still have water and power. We can function.” Adds Slaby-Carroccio, “We’ve had some real success stories. We want to educate the community and help it get healthy.” 805-3642790, organicsoupkitchen.org. JOAN TAPPER


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Casa San Agustín’s interior courtyard and pool; the see-andbe-seen restaurant Maria; the library at Casa San Agustín; the chic Casa de Chiqui for clothing, jewelry, and housewares; Museo de Arte Moderno; Colombian artist Ruby Rumie’s photographs are featured at the Nora Haime Gallery.

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Cartagena—Latin America’s latest hot spot— is just a hop, skip, and a barely a jump from Miami (about a two-hour flight). Situated on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, this colorful colonial city will burst your senses wide open—think cobblestone streets with citrus-hued facades, chic fashion boîtes, trendy eateries, and local cevicherias mixed with smoky rum bars and traditional flamenco hidden gems. Stay at the boutique CASA SAN AGUSTÍN—a 30-room manor house-style hotel with a courtyard pool and cocktail menu that will ensure you never want to leave. The concierge mystically knows where you want to eat every night and can book you a private boat trip to the nearby Isla Barú without a hitch. Rates: From $450. Hotelcasasanagustin.com.

D ON ’T M IS S Strolling the street art in the Getsemani neighborhood. Also, the HAY FESTIVAL CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, hayfestival.com/ cartagena/home, January 30 through February 2. The annual gathering draws up to 20,000 visitors and more than 500 exhibitors of literature, visual arts, geopolitics, environment, and education. 84 w i n t e r 2 0 2 0


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That Florida Feeling If Miami is beckoning you to Art Basel or Design Miami this winter—or just for a change of coasts—THE STANDARD SPA offers its sleek contemporary take on a midcentury modern hotel. Located on Belle Isle in Biscayne Bay, just 10 minutes from the art and design shows at the convention center, the 100-room Standard has retained its 1960s-era spa facade with glittery grilles, distinctive lettering, and seafoam green tiles. Set among tropical gardens, the hotel features an extensive up-to-the-minute hydrotherapy spa, even uniquely providing underwater music in the huge saltwater pool. If you prefer your tunes in the open air, deejays play during happy hour and on weekends at the Lido Bayside Grill, where Mediterranean cuisine predominates. For a change of pace, take a spin on one of the hotel’s bicycle cruisers to explore the Miami street scene. Rates: From $250. Standardhotels.com/miami. JOAN TAPPER DON ’T M ISS The art world’s emerging stars and leading galleries from around the globe showcased at the ever more trendy ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, artbasel.com, December 5 through 8. Also, peruse the changing lobby art installations at the FAENA, faena.com, and the glass-enclosed Damien Hirst mammoth in the courtyard.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The spa hallway; the saltwater pool.

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L.A. EXPERIENTIAL The spirit of the Roaring Twenties meets cuttingedge style in THE MAYFAIR HOTEL, which reopened last year in downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1926, the 15-story, 294-room property has been reimagined with flair by architect and interior designer Gulla Jónsdóttir and filled with contemporary paintings and sculpture curated by noted artist Kelly “RISK” Graval. The glamour of the public spaces—including a dramatic glass and black iron-laced atrium lobby—is complemented by intimate rooms like the sophisticated Library Bar and other waiting-to-be-discovered nooks and crannies. Adding to the buzz, the new outdoor pool deck provides cabanas, chaises, and a dining area from which to survey the L.A. skyline. Said a recent guest, “The Mayfair is a hot spot for celebs who want to fly under the radar… definitely a fun downtown spot to stay.” Rates: From $185. Mayfairla .com. J.T.

DON’ T MIS S The Logic of Poetry and Dreams series with varying artist exhibitions through midFebruary at THE BROAD museum, thebroad .org, and the Instagram-worthy “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” until January 1. Check out downtownartwalk.org for 2nd Thursdays gallery tours every month, live music at THE THEATER AT ACE HOTEL, theatre.acehotel .com, and the new (members-only) neighbor in the Arts District, SOHO WAREHOUSE features street art murals and a hotel.

LEFT TO RIGHT: The M Bar with the iconic Mayfair flower; a studio king room.

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Be Ty’s Guest Looking for a holiday hideaway in our own backyard? The FOUR SEASONS RESORT BILTMORE recently unveiled its extravagant Ty Warner Villa. Tucked away in its own private garden, this luxe 4,000-square-foot bungalow has its own driveway and a beachfront patio plush with a plunge pool, outdoor fireplace, and lounge area. The bathroom alone is enough to keep you occupied with its oversized dual couple’s Dornbracht shower with a glass wall overlooking the one-of-akind bathtub carved from a single piece of French limestone—it’s truly the suite that dreams are made of. Rates: Price upon request. 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito, 805) 969-2261, fourseasons.com/santabarbara.

Getaway CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The 22-acre oceanfront Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Montecito; the villa features indoor and outdoor dining areas, two fireplaces, a king-size master bed and a spacious living room; the bungalow’s beachfront pool and patio; guests can enter from the villa’s own private gated driveway and entrance foyer; the over-the-top

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PHOTOGRAPHS: TY WARNER VILLA, COURTESY OF THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT BILTMORE

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A Passionate Pursuit Collectors Sandi and bill nicholson

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celebrate women who make art W R I T T E N B Y L .D. P O RTER

ELY DE VESCOVI (1910â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1998). Seated Frida Nude ,

1939, drawing on paper, 48 x 48 in.

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LYLA HARCOFF (1883-1956). Florence , 1931, oil on canvas, 21 x 17 in.

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ike 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. Twenty years ago, the couple—whose Montecito pied-à-terre is the historic Villa Solana—traveled across Europe and was shocked to discover that none of the many museums they visited featured art by women. “That’s what started it,” says Bill,

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“the curiosity of why women weren’t represented.” Since that time, the Nicholsons’ curiosity has led them to acquire 340 works—dating from 500 B.C. to the present—featuring female artists from all seven continents. Aptly named Women Who Dared, theirs is the largest privately held collection of its kind in the world. “As we were putting the collection together, we realized that we really wanted to show the diversity of women,” explains Sandi. “We wanted to show art


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IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (1883-1976). Frida, 1931, platinum and palladium print, 20 x 24 in.


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FRANÃ&#x2021;OISE GILOT (b. 1921). Flowers on a Yellow Field ,1961, oil on canvas, 17 3 /4 x 14 3 /4 in. OPPOSITE: NATALIA GONCHAROVA (1881-1962). Composizione Cubofuturista , 1913, gouache on paper, 28 1 /2 x 10 1 /2 in.

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by women over time and through geography— internationally and throughout the ages.” The two traveled the world seeking art by women. They even went as far as Antarctica, where they acquired the work of contemporary photographer Zenobia Evans, who is a scientist living and working there. Sandi sums it up: “We love art, and we love collecting, and we love travel. And through this, we discovered artists whose voices had been suppressed or never heard. Now as the Women Who Dared collection, it’s become the chorus of global voices over more than 2,500 years.” The Nicholsons became familiar with the myriad obstacles facing women artists, especially those born before the 20th century. “Women were treated almost as witches or adulteresses,” says Bill. “Men really worked hard to keep them out of the art establishment.” Jeremy Tessmer, of Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery, observes that when the Nicholsons began forming their collection, artworks by women “were buried by time and the functional indifference of the art establishment.” The couple discovered that female artists who did receive support and encouragement were often married to an artist or worked as an artist’s assistant. Sandi notes that if women were given the opportunity to study and paint, “that became evident in the exposure of their works.” Italian-born Ely De Vescovi (1910-1998) assisted Diego Rivera with several murals, and her discovery of modern fresco techniques in the 1930s was heralded by none other than The New York Times. De Vescovi moved to California in the 1940s and completed four mural panels in the acute mental wards of Los Angeles’s Sawtelle Psychiatric Hospital. She thereafter fell into obscurity until the late 1990s, when her nephew, the late gallery owner Robin Bagier of Ojai, exhibited her prolific and varied work. The Nicholsons own several pieces by De Vescovi, and Bill believes the artist’s later works—which became increasingly spiritual and visionary—resulted from her work at a veteran’s hospital with American soldiers returning from World War II. Sandi especially loves the regal oil portrait of an African-American woman—simply titled Florence— by Lyla Vivian Marshall Harcoff (1883-1956). “That painting is very important,” says Sandi. “It shows pride, it shows dignity, it shows courage. During the Depression, Lyla—in order to financially survive—established herself as a furniture maker, which led to her making her own frames for the rest of her life.” Born in Indiana, Harcoff graduated from Purdue University in 1904 (one of eight women in a class of 218) and studied in Paris. She eventually moved to Santa Barbara, where she commissioned architect Lutah Maria Riggs to convert a carriage house into her studio/residence. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gave her a solo show in 1949, and she was widely exhibited during

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The Nicholsons’ curiosity has led them to collect 340 works—dating from 500 B.C. to the present— featuring female artists from all seven continents.


were granted in the last decade of her life. “Imogen Cunningham was really ahead of her time,” says Bill. “It is just within the last 10 years that photography by women has become recognized and appreciated in the market financially.” The collection’s luminous black-and-white portrait of modern dancer Martha Graham comes from a photo shoot that occurred on a hot afternoon in Santa Barbara. Graham—who spent her teenage years in Santa Barbara—met the photographer at a dinner party, and the photos were taken in front of Graham’s mother’s barn. Cunningham was 48, Graham was 37. Among the collection’s abstract works is a striking geometric oil painting by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962). An active member of several avant-garde movements, Goncharova’s first major solo exhibition debuted in 1913. Moving to Paris in 1914, she produced costumes and set designs for Sergei Diaghilev’s famous Ballet Russes. She was included in the groundbreaking 1936 “Cubism and Abstract Art” show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the museum has her work in its collection to this day. As evidence of her continuing importance in the art world, London’s Tate Modern museum mounted a Goncharova retrospective this year. For the Nicholsons, every work in the collection has an important backstory to tell. As Sandi says, “We were first attracted to the artwork but soon realized the story or the narrative of the artist’s work and their lives resonated with us in a profound way. The artist’s perseverance, grit, and determination have been as powerful to us as the work itself.” Understandably, the couple’s ultimate goal is to keep the collection together in an institution where “the girls” (as Sandi fondly calls them) can impact a large number of people on a regular basis. Bill adds, “We’d like to have people free to interact with the collection and hear the stories.” •

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her lifetime. Harcoff also completed several murals for the Works Progress Administration, including a mural at Santa Ynez Valley High School in 1936. French-born Françoise Gilot (b. 1921) was an artist in her own right when she met Pablo Picasso, with whom she had a turbulent 10-year relationship. After their relationship ended, Picasso instructed all the art dealers he knew not to buy Gilot’s art. The Nicholsons acquired Gilot’s Flowers on a Yellow Field—a brightly colored, almost abstract oil painting for the collection; it is a dynamic example of the artist’s unique talent, as well as evidence of her determination. The Nicholsons have been in contact with Gilot (now 97), and hope to have a face-to-face meeting with the artist who defied Picasso. Photography is a strong part of the collection, and American photographer Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) is one of the standouts. An Oregon native, Cunningham was a contemporary of several noted male photographers who championed her work—Edward S. Curtis (for whom she worked), Edward Weston (who helped exhibit her work), and Ansel Adams (who invited her to join the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts). Cunningham’s photographs were published in Vanity Fair, where she worked from 1934 to 1936. Even so, the major awards she received—fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellowship—

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“As we were putting the collection together, we realized that we really wanted to show the diversity of women. We wanted to show art by women over time and through geography— internationally and throughout the ages.”


PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF WOMEN WHO DARED.

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IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (1883-1976). Martha Graham 25, 1931, photograph, 12 x 17 in. OPPOSITE: Cunninghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Self-Protrait, 1933, photograph, 7.5 x 10 in.

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Living with Perched high above the Montecito Hills, Istanbul native Hayal Pozantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shimmering geometric sculpture points guests toward the entrance.


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the Artists A peek inside

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contemporary art haven WRITTEN BY N IN ETTE PA L OM A P H O TO GRA P H S BY S A M FR OST


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troll toward the entrance of Jacquelyn Klein-Brown’s inviting Montecito estate, and you’ll be greeted by artist Hayal Pozanti’s shimmering steel sculpture, its assertive curves and angles guiding you toward the front door. Inside, Anicka Yi’s seductive orchids and Marilyn Minter’s intrepid photography cut a striking image against midcentury modern furnishings—their lines and metaphors shifting with the afternoon sun. At every turn, the eye is pulled toward saturated canvases and outsize textiles, a sensorial playground of color and imagery with the petite and vivacious Klein-Brown at its epicenter. “Most of the art in my house stimulates thoughts and emotions, often igniting happy, somber, or provocative feelings.” Klein-Brown explains with a laugh. “Depending on the time of day, you can see

Arturo Herrera’s wool felt installation cuts a striking image against a delicate capiz shell chandelier and mahogany antiques in the dining

“Most of the art in my house stimulates thoughts and emotions, often igniting happy, somber, or provocative feelings.”

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room. OPPOSITE: Marilyn Minter’s bold photography makes a splash among midcentury modern furnishings in a tuckedaway guest room.


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each piece in a different light. Sometimes I feel they’re a direct reflection of my mood—always speaking to me in a new way.” Communicating with her sprawling collection is a daily occurrence for Klein-Brown; with paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and ceramics assembled throughout her home, the exchanges can feel boundless. “I can sit for hours with friends over a glass of wine contemplating the meaning of a photograph or installation,” she muses. “We’ve had some pretty incredible conversations in this house.” For as long as she can remember, Klein-Brown has been contextualizing her world through the lens of contemporary art, inspired by her family’s unyielding passion for the avant-garde and emerging. As a young girl growing up in Houston, she would accompany her parents on art expeditions, shuffling between museums and galleries and

attending notable exhibit openings across the globe. At the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in art history and slowly began to acquire a modest collection of her own, joining museum groups, exploring galleries, becoming acquainted with curators, and participating in artist talks wherever she traveled. By the time she moved to Santa Barbara in 2006, her life’s trajectory had become clear. “I had two priorities when I moved here,” she recalls. “Enroll the kids in a great school and join every art museum in town.” Both the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art came answering, offering Klein-Brown formidable seats on their respective boards. Through dedication and an extensive network of industry connections, Klein-Brown began earning a reputation as a trusted source for encouraging support and

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Iranian artist Shirin Neshatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s female-centric art casts a watchful gaze in the master bedroom. The photo on the left is by Malick SidibĂŠ. OPPOSITE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Color and texture spill into works that include pieces by artsts such as (left to right) American painter Inka Essenhigh, Turkishborn Hayal Pozanti, and Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui; neon work by Jack Pierson and the ceramic on the left is by Tam Van Tran.

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A Sam Durant lightbox and Torey Thornton collage complement the sitting roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pumpkinhued furnishings by American designer Vladamir Kagan.

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Photographer Hendrik Kersten’s homage to the great Dutch masters of the 17th century sit serenely above the fireplace in Klein-Brown’s living room. OPPOSITE: The soft curves of a Roxy Paine sculptural duet and Holly Coulis’s graphic painting cast a warm glow in a quiet alcove.

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“Every piece that I’ve brought into my home feels very personal to me. I hope I am building a legacy that’ll last longer than any of us.”

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Klein-Brown at home with husband Michael and sons Mark and Alec (with Simon). OPPOSITE: The outsized installations of arts collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus pack a vivid punch in a narrow corridor.

awareness in the visual arts—a role she approaches with a healthy balance of passion and pragmatism. “To work with someone who cultivates such a sense of fairness where everyone’s voice can be heard is a tremendous privilege,” says Abaseh Mirvali, Executive Director of MCASB. “Jacquelyn fosters an environment of authentic generosity and she’s the first to lead with a giving spirit.” On any given week, Klein-Brown makes it a point to open her home to art students and educational groups, offering insight and intimate anecdotes over the artists that live among her. Her face lights up as she recalls each moment of discovery—when a trip to an art fair led to an encounter with an artist that soon became a

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lifelong friend, or the feeling that bubbles over when she connects with a piece at first glance. “Every work that I’ve brought into my home feels very personal to me,” she explains. “I hope I am building a legacy that’ll last longer than any of us.” But refer to Klein-Brown as an avid collector, and she’ll be the first to point out that her egalitarian view of art aligns closely with her commitment to its social implications. “I don't like using the word ‘collector,’” she stresses. “I feel like I’m just a host for the work and it’s a privilege to have them for the time they’re with me. My curiosity lies in how art can be used to build stronger communities or as a vessel for social justice. I’m collecting ideas on how to work toward that.” •


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If an image of Jim Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, or The Byrds has been burnished into your memory, chances are you’ve been touched by the work of Guy Webster

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erhaps the most influential visual chronicler of the great age of classic rock, Guy Webster shot album covers for dozens of bands as well as portraits of prominent cultural figures including Dennis Hopper, Jane Fonda, Ravi Shankar, Jack Nicholson, Eva Gabor, Truman Capote, Judy Collins, Rock Hudson, Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand, Mick Jagger, and presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

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During the Nixon administration, Webster decamped from California, where he was raised, to Italy and Spain, returning after a half dozen years. He met and married his wife Leone, and they moved to a restored farmhouse in Ojai, where they raised daughters Merry and Jessie, enjoying visits with Sarah, Michael, and Erin—Webster’s children from his first marriage. On February 5, at age 79, Webster died of a longstanding illness. We chatted with his daughter Merry to learn more about the man behind the legend.


Guy Webster in his heyday in the 1970s. “I never meant to be a commercial photographer. I was going to be a fine-art photographer. I’d seen Irving Penn’s show in New York and thought, ‘I can do that.’” All quotes from Webster in captions excerpted from the book, Big

Shots, Rock Legends & Hollywood Icons: The Photography of Guy Webster, written by Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik (2014, Insight Editions).

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The Doors photographed in Los Angeles. Webster and Jim Morrison were college friends and studied Nietzsche together at UCLA. “At our first session, the band arrived without an entourage—no assistants, no one from the record label, and no manager. They were cooperative and couldn’t have been nicer.”

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“I knew her before she was just ‘Cher.’ She was a Sunset Strip girl...She had something special. Sonny [Bono] recognized it...I shot her at her house—three blocks from my parent’s place." Webster went on to say, "I like to do photo sessions in people’s own homes. They get more comfortable, and I can get clothes and shoes out of their own closets.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved Truman Capote and his writing. I went to his house in Palm Springs and stayed for a couple of days. This shoot was for Home magazine. He dressed the part for me.â&#x20AC;?


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Album cover shots for the self-titled second album, The

Mamas & the Papas (1966); Deliver (1967); Farewell to the First Golden Era (1967). “We all became best friends, hanging out and going on tour. It was a thrill going to all of their recording sessions... Music had surrounded me my

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whole life. And I knew this band was historic; these guys were brilliant and they needed to be documented. I thought they would last longer than they did, but emotions and dramas got in the way.”

How did your father manage to capture the iconic images he produced? My father obtained a master’s degree in art history at the University of Florence and used his understanding of light and composition from classical paintings in his own photography. A majority of the artists he photographed were living the high life of the ’60s and ’70s. Many were experimenting with drugs, and they often needed wrangling. At the time my father shot the iconic bathtub cover of The Mamas and the Papas album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, the band was hanging out in a house in Laurel Canyon. There was a large bowl of weed burning in the middle of the living room, and no one had the stamina to go outside to shoot the album cover. So my father told them to get in the bathtub and just had them relax there while he took the photos.


Songstress Carole King shot for her album

Writer (1970).

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Bob Dylan photographed in December 1965 at his Hollywood press conferences held at Columbia Records on Sunset. “Bob Dylan was the best songwriter that I had ever heard. He changed my life. When I heard those early recordings I thought, ‘Here is someone who speaks my language.’ I was in college at the time—a left-winger, an atheist, and a Buddhist. Try meeting girls with that profile.”

"He credited Bob Dylan with orienting his life toward social justice, and he loved the values the ’60s brought to society." —MER RY W EB S T ER


What are some things that few people know about your father? My father was an epic storyteller. He would find a corner seat at a party and let people come to him. By the end of the night, you could always find him holding court to a large group enchanted by his life stories. His father, Paul Francis Webster, was an awardwinning lyricist who won three Oscars and a Grammy and was nominated for 14 Academy Awards. So music was a big part of my father’s upbringing. He was influenced by everything from opera to early folk to 1970s rock and would test my sister and me on names of blues and opera singers during our daily carpool.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Political wife and journalist Arianna Huffington at her Montecito estate; “Ray Bradbury was a friend of my father’s. He was a highly intelligent and charming man...I only had one session with him. I could have done ten. I read every book that Ray wrote.”

What type of music did he enjoy listening to at home? In his early teens, he had a serious injury to both his hands. To ease his boredom while recuperating, he began listening to opera on his radio—this began his lifelong love and study of the genre. In his studio, in the car, and at home, he loved listening to the blues, opera, and classic folk music—and he often returned to Van Morrison, who was a favorite. He credited Bob Dylan with orienting his life toward social justice, and he loved the values the ’60s brought to society. He also regularly listened to the artists he worked with, since many of them were his close friends.

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How did he relate to you and your sister as children? My father wasn’t a traditional “father figure” in that he didn’t check up on our grades, enforce bedtime, or reprimand us. My mom, Leone, was the person who looked after us in those ways. He did teach us a lot about culture, history, music, and classic movies though. He wasn’t shy about regaling us with his irreverent adventures and subsequent life lessons. He also volunteered to teach photography at our school (The Oak Grove School in Ojai) so we could learn about the darkroom and understand lighting and composition. He was instrumental in inspiring many of his students to pursue photography careers. Tell us about his passion for motorcycling. Many people also knew him as a world-renowned collector of antique Italian race bikes. He had close to 100 beautifully restored motorcycles in the barn in the backyard of our family home. He went on rides through New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Mexico; traversed the entire United States many times; and visited every single national park on his bike. His rider friends have always said how wonderful he was to ride with—so sure, steady, adept yet fast. He regularly hosted open houses where aficionados from


Actress Lesley Ann Warren in Malibu.

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“Jeff Bridges is the greatest. We were in a yoga class together in the mid-’70s. This was for an assignment about movie stars who did yoga.”

all over the country came to see his collection. But he was not a typical collector; he was very Buddhist in his detachment to material things. Did your father have a daily routine? My dad liked to go out to coffee every morning. It was a habit that began when he lived in Europe in the early ’70s and remained a large part of his routine until his final days. A loyal group of friends would join him every morning, and they would often invite others to join their table. It was a very eclectic group of people of all ages. They adored him, and often made him feel like the unofficial mayor of Ojai. His photo studio in Venice was also a hub for friends and other artists. He was such a sociable person and cultivated friendships from so many of his interests. My sister Jessie (now a professional photographer) worked for him in his studio as an assistant for 14 years along with his other assistant, Lisa Gizarra.

"My father was an epic storyteller. He would find a corner seat at a party and let people come to him. By the end of the night, you could always find him holding court to a large group enchanted by his life stories."

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— MER RY W EB S T ER

Tell us a bit about your father’s later years. His stroke changed his life dramatically, but he was able to keep working with aid from friends and his assistant Khaled Fouad, who would help set up his camera. Only a month before he passed away, he put on a show at the Porch Gallery in Ojai based on the metaphor of the safety masks worn during the Thomas Fire. He shot portraits of a multitude of Ojai locals with their own hand-made masks, metaphors for the safety masks but crafted in ways that reflected their unique personalities. The show was a huge success with over 250 people in attendance. •


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Mick Jagger photographed in Los Angeles.


Getting down and dirty with the allAmerican trio The Brothers Gerhardt ,

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who are bringing folk-country rock music to the Central Coast

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Left to right: Nels Gerhardt on upright bass, Jacob Gerhardt on the fiddle, and Peter Gerhardt on vocals and guitar.

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nfluenced by music legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and John Prine, and the sounds of newcomer roots country singer Tyler Childers—along with sundry genres from indie/pop to rock and roll—The Brothers Gerhardt is establishing a growing popularity for themselves in Santa Barbara County. This is most certainly because they are great musicians. Their music is hardy, with unhurried melodies, evocative of the craggy coastline and vastness of the area where they grew up. It’s also the result of being classically trained at an early age in music theory and composition—invaluable skills inculcated in them by countless hours of practice. But there is something more—something special about them. Jacob, Nels, and Peter Gerhardt epitomize brotherly love on and off stage. The singer/ songwriting trio has a tight-knit relationship that many siblings aspire to have (and some may even envy). People love them. Their commitment to one another and their dedication to family tradition is inherent in their music. Their onstage performances for fans, friends, family, and new audiences transmit a candor that is impossible to ignore. Born and raised in San Luis Obispo County, the Gerhardt boys grew up on a small farm, delighting in the freedom that their mother, Pam, and father, Jim—a private school teacher and a research engineer, respectively—granted them. Jacob recalls riding bikes on dirt roads, taking late-night walks to the river, photographing wildlife, playing with snakes,

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and engaging in all sorts of daring and exciting activities with his brothers. “The river behind our house was an extension of our backyard,” recalls Peter, a furniture builder and the principal song writer of the group. “We had the freedom to explore and use our imagination.” Television was a rare and special treat. Although they did get to watch the Olympics and movies from time to time, their limited exposure to television gave them the opportunity to spend their time outdoors, adventuring. They worked hard and played harder—outside. “We may have had more scrapes and bruises than kids today, but we turned out all right,” jokes Jacob. Inspired by the Olympics motor bike racing they watched, the boys took on mountain road biking. The Central Coast proved to be idyllic for this diversion. Not surprisingly, recreation became an occupation for Jacob, who currently rides professionally as a cyclist for Clif Bar. Growing up in the country also gave them permission to learn new skills. Their natural knack for building things stemmed from their father’s side. Their great-grandfather was a furniture maker in Sweden and passed on the skill through generations. Jacob still uses the same welder that his grandfather used to build Indie 500 cars in the 1970s. Nels has been married to Katherine Gerhardt, an avid surfer and bronze sculptor from San Diego for two years. Their toddler son, Nelson Ford, attends every one of dad’s shows. “Playing music is the

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“Playing music is the framework that brings us together, and it’s the unspoken nuances on and off stage that keep us together.” —N EL S G ER H A R DT

The Brothers Gerhardt have set off to ride across the wide expanses of Santa Barbara County, selectively playing gigs in local

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“Whether we’re in the backcountry or on stage, it’s all based on the trust and support that we built growing up.” —P ETER GERHARD T

framework that brings us together,” says Nels, “it’s the unspoken nuances on and off stage that keep us together.” Peter’s wife, Jess, an environmental scientist from Santa Barbara, is also consistently supportive of the musicians. “Our relationship and this music would not be possible without this foundation,” says Peter. “Whether we’re in the backcountry or on stage, it’s all based on the trust and support that we built growing up.” With an unassuming demeanor and rough-hewn good looks, The Brothers Gerhardt’s tunes pay tribute to tradition—a time when drinking from the garden hose, spitting scrapes clean, and cultivating good relationships at home were the norm. It’s Americana at its best, and it’s what makes them special. •

TOP TO BOTTOM: Jacob on the family's farm in San Luis Obispo; inside his work studio, which is an old barn on the farm. OPPOSITE: Surf check at Shell Beach in Pismo Beach. To check out Jacob's work, visit gerhardtdesign.com or

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