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Environmentalist Leah Thomas at Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria

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Blakeney Sanford, Cassandria Blackmore, and Rafael Perea de la Cabada in situ

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Women winemakers, pit masters, and a slice of baked goods

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Weekend roadtrips, glamping out, and valley stays

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE FUTURE Written by Olivia Seltzer. Photographs by Mark Griffin Champion

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WHERE FREEDOM REIGNS Written by L.D. Porter. Photographs by Sam Frost

90 KULE + THE GANG Written by Madeleine Nicks. Photographs by Dewey Nicks

98 ROMAN HOLIDAY Written by L.D. Porter. Photographs by Tim Street-Porter

110 FRESH GROUNDS Written by Ninette Paloma. Photographs by Michael Haber

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ON THE COVER: Leah Thomas at Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria, wearing the Feather dress by Dôen with Dolma slip, Indian Summers.

ILLUSTRATION: DAVID DOWNTON

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here is something about fall and the feeling of a fresh start. Perhaps it’s the shift in seasons or the remnants of old habits at the beginning of a school year (is there even such a thing in times of pandemics?) that contribute to this ideal. If you are going to start anew, it is always good to aim for a clean slate with enlightened thoughts and inspired intentions. Our cover subject, activist Leah Thomas embodies that motivated take on the future. The 25-year-old Ventura-based pioneer, who coined the term “intersectional environmentalism,” spoke to Olivia Seltzer for our feature “Through the Eyes of the Future” (page 68) about the connection between the fight for racial justice and environmentalism, and why we should all be undertaking both. Seltzer herself is another ambitious young trailblazer who founded international news website The Cramm in 2016 at age 13. Speaking of advocating for change, artist Cole Sternberg is doing just that from his Santa Ynez ranch and studio. The sprawling compound is ground zero for some of his thought-provoking paintings and assemblages, including his new project, The Free Republic of California, through which he imagines an enlightened, idealistic next chapter for The Golden State. Photographer Sam Frost documented Sternberg’s provocative body of work for “When Freedom Reigns” (page 78). Being in nature can inspire works of art. It can also inspire a need for systematic change in environmental protections or simply take you back

to the earth—literally. Consider agronomist Jay Ruskey, who has birthed the startup FRINJ Coffee from his Good Land Organics farm in the Goleta foothills. Coffee is becoming the new “it” crop coming from our shores, and the world is taking note…And so should you in “Fresh Grounds” (page 110). If it is about getting back to the land and enjoying every inch of it, look to architect Fred Fisher and his family’s Ojai homestead, where he dreamed up a one-of-a-kind oasis inspired by a sojourn in Rome. We got an exclusive look inside the hilltop estate for “Roman Holiday” (page 98). It’s where the Fisher family finds refuge and entertains among the olive groves and Topa Topa Mountains “Pink Moment.” And I can’t think of a family that lives life to the fullest as much as the Nicks clan. This Carpinteriabased family has style wrapped up in spades. From their Barbara Bestor-designed beach house to their vintage cars to the way they dress, they seem to be walking straight out of a magazine. So, when the clothing line KULE asked famed photographer Dewey Nicks to turn the tables and shoot his family in their latest collection during quarantine, he took the assignment to heart. “Kule + the Gang” (page 90) is a slice of life lived in full Technicolor glory. It is light and bright and fun—what we all really need at this time. Even during global pandemics, I still hold hope for a better future. One where we all come together with an attitude of love and celebrate our commonalties rather than what divides us.


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CONTRIBUTORS ERIK TORKELLS “If pizza, wine, and baked goods don’t add up to a dream assignment, what does?” says the Santa Barbara-based Siteline founder, who wrote about just those topics (“Slice and Easy” and “Knead to Know,” page 62). S.B. MUST DOS Bettina for big-city style and excellent food. • The Saturday farmers market—our version of church. • Masters swimming at Los Baños Del Mar Pool.

FREDERICK JANKA

“It was great to spend time with Fred Fisher and his family, shooting their new beautifully tailored home,” says the British-born, L.A.-based photographer of capturing the hilltop Ojai abode for “Roman Holiday” (page 98). “Architects’ own residences are always special, and Fred’s has so many fresh ideas.” S.B. MUST DOS Casa del Herrero. • Exploring the lanes of Montecito. • Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club.

Contributors

MARK GRIFFIN CHAMPION

OLIVIA SELTZER “In this time especially, it’s important to listen to and elevate voices for change, and Leah Thomas is absolutely one of those voices,” says the 16-year-old founder and sole writer of The Cramm, who interviewed the activist for “Through the Eyes of the Future” (page 68). S.B. MUST DOS Hiking Romero Canyon. • Picking up lunch from Field + Fort in Summerland. • Walking around the Funk Zone.

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“I really loved everything about the shoot. Leah Thomas is so warm and friendly and such a natural in front of the lens,” says the L.A.-based lensman, who photographed this issue’s cover star for “Through the Eyes of the Future” (page 68). “I’m grateful to have had access to such an amazing person.” S.B. MUST DOS Tar Pits Beach. The mix of vegetation you get in a transitional landscape has a mystic quality. • I haven’t eaten at Bibi Ji in a year, and I still think about the meal I had there last time. • La Super-Rica Taqueria for tacos.

PHOTOGRAPHS: TIM STREET-PORTER, ANNIE KELLY; FREDDY JANKA, MANJARI SHARMA; MARK GRIFFIN CHAMPION, GINA TOLLESON

TIM STREET-PORTER

“I love any opportunity to celebrate the art and culture in our region,” says the Santa Barbara native who produced “Where Freedom Reigns” (page 78) and “Roman Holiday” (page 98). “It was a treat to work with Cole Sternberg and Fred Fisher, both such inspiring artists.” S.B. MUST DOS Friday pastries from Gipsy Hill Bakery. • Supporting Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) and their advocacy for the indigenous immigrant farmworkers who help feed our country. • Tuesday deliveries thanks to Justin West, the Market Forager.


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@sa nta ba r ba r a m a g An installation shot of “A Peripheral Reverie,” an exhibition of works by 23 artists curated by Sophia Penske and Alex Rojas at the Montecito

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Fall’s best bets

PHOTOGRAPH: MEG FISH PHOTOGRAPHY

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Caris Reid,

Self Portrait (With Flower), 2020, acrylic on wood, 20 x 18 in.; Delphine Desane, The Night

Was Made for Rest and Sleep It Was Not Meant for Grief and Tears, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.; Penske Projects founder Sophia Penske in Kendall Conrad jewelry; Becky Kolsrud, untitled, 2020, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in.

Inner Visions Sophia Penske, founder of PENSKE PROJECTS, a platform for discovering and developing young artists, understands the need for respite in turbulent times and believes art can provide emotional sanctuary. To that end, she and independent curator Alex Rojas have put together a group exhibition of 23 artists entitled “A Peripheral Reverie” at the Montecito Country Mart (reservations recommended). The show seeks to offer a healing experience to viewers as they contemplate works that portray artists’ inner emotions and personal reflections as a means of reaching a restorative state. Based in Los Angeles, Penske is a Cornell graduate and art world one-to-watch, having learned the ropes working in the New York City art scene. Her fresh approach to the field includes curating popup gallery exhibitions with her co-producer, Chris Hughes, in a variety of Southern California locales. Always on the move, she’s dedicated to sharing her discoveries through social media. Penske also advises clients in Chicago, Los Angeles, and the Bahamas. 1014G Coast Village Rd., Montecito, PENSKEP ROJECTS .COM . L.D. PORTER

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Keep an eye out for more oneoff gourmet meals at MERCI in the Montecito Country Mart, where chef and owner Elizabeth Colling recently hosted a Sunday cheeseburger pop-up. Sea salt and vinegar fries, anyone? 1028 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-220-0877, mercimontecito.com.

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California Dreams Building on the success of its July pop-up at The Well Summerland, STUDIO C by C Magazine is staying in town—with a new residency at the Montecito Country Mart. The multibrand concept store, which brings to life the pages of the beloved lifestyle magazine, was born out of the editors’ obsession with curating the best of California, and the new outpost in Montecito is a testament to just that. The space—outfitted by Shane Brown of The Well and Big Daddy’s Antiques—is peppered with cult beauty products, books, hats, sunglasses, homewares, and ready-to-wear designs from the West Coast’s most forward-thinking artisans and entrepreneurs, including Rodarte, Chrome Hearts Eyewear, Greg Lauren, and Flamingo Estate Organics, among others. Not to miss: Studio C’s ongoing Meet the Makers series, which has already included trunk shows with Nick Fouquet, Brock Collection, and Hoorsenbuhs. 1014C Coast Village Rd., Montecito, S HOP S TUD IO -C . C O M . ANUSH J. BENLIYAN

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A selection of made-in-California finds from Studio C; the concept store has a new residency in Montecito; Rosetta Getty zip-front boots.

Pardon My French The distinct Parisian charm of CLARE V. has a new home at the Montecito Country Mart. Known for its cheeky and très French aesthetic, the Los Angelesbased label (whose fans include Reese Witherspoon and Olivia Wilde) debuted the pop-up shop in August with a collection of fresh accessories, apparel, and jewelry, including colorful ribbontie face masks. Come for the made-inL.A. handbags featuring the house’s signature stripes—crafted from fine Italian leathers—stay for the graphic tees and cozy terry sweatshirts. 1024F Coast Road Village Rd., Montecito, 805-869-2598, C LARE V.C O M . A.J.B. LEFT TO RIGHT: The CLARE V. pop-up stocks fan-favorite totes and clutches; Vive La Resistance bandanas and other offerings.

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“I wanted to create a piece of my world that I grew up in—the skate and surf lifestyle reworked into a new language of luxury for someone else to discover.”

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WHO Doni Nahmias, 27 WHAT The Santa Barbara-native,

now L.A.-based designer’s eponymous brand is catching momentum with shelf space at Maxfield in L.A., Harrods London, and now Studio C in Montecito.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AW20 lookbook shot at Douglas Family Preserve; knitted sweaters, $650, available at Studio C; designer Doni Nahmias in his studio.

WEAR The new AW20 Collection SUMMERLAND STATE. Nahmias has reimagined old rugby football shirt styles, khaki trousers, gym sweat suits, and loungewear. Think silhouettes you might see on a campus back in the mid20th century but with a modern more street feel. N AH M IAS. C O . GINA TOLLESON

CRUISE CONTROL Hit the road in retro style

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S.B. BLACK BOOK Kathy’s carrot cake at SAVOY CAFÉ & DELI.

DOUGLAS FAMILY PRESERVE is the best place to go for a mental reset or meditation.

Best breakfast in town and huevos rancheros at ESAU’S CAFE in Carpinteria. Stand-up paddleboard with dolphins and then relax at the wall at BUTTERFLY BEACH.

DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND is an amazing hike and beautiful view overlooking Santa Barbara.

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Marcelle backpack, $399, clarev.com.

Ember e-bike, $2,799, linusbike.com.

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Heritage bike helmet in speedway creme, $89, explorethousand.com.

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Now open: NELLA KITCHEN & BAR, the newest restaurant and bar concept from the hospitality team behind Santa Ynez Valley’s Italian mainstay, S.Y. Kitchen. Located at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, the new venture headed by executive chef and owner/partner Luca Crestanelli offers lunch, dinner, and all-day dining from the group known for refined-yet-comforting, farm-fresh fare and an aptitude for creating inviting experiences. Selections from a lengthy cheese list and curated charcuterie accompany scratch-made, Roman-style pizza, or pinsa, served from an open kitchen. Salads, vegetable dishes, and small plates join heartier mains, created with ingredients from the farm, ranch, or sea. A wine list spotlighting local and world wines sits alongside elevated craft and classic cocktail variations, including zero-proof offerings. 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-686 1359, NELLAKIT C H E N . C O M . ANNA FERGUSON-SPARKS

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Roquette Fuel cocktail is topped with chili-elderflower foam; one of the Santa Ynez General-designed dining spaces at Nella Kitchen & Bar in Los Olivos. Roman-style pizza is a menu highlight.

Full House Since opening the doors to SANTA YNEZ GENERAL in 2019, Pearson McGee and Spencer

Turnbull have garnered locals’ affection with their collection of luxury home and garden treasures, which the design duo sources from near (artful stationery from Wilde House Paper in San Luis Obispo) and far (handmade olive oil soaps from French savonnerie Fer à Cheval). This fall, the couple—who ditched corporate L.A. careers in fashion and law, respectively, to pursue their passion in the Santa Ynez Valley—is expanding the shop’s offerings to include new and antique furnishings and transforming a portion of their downtown space into an appointment-only showroom. Snag an ornate Louis Philippe mirror, a rustic reclaimed-oak dining table, or a one-ofa-kind statement piece from Italian leather smith GioBagnara, and don’t miss the selection of artworks curated by collaborator Carlos Antonio. 3630 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-691-9947, SAN TAY N E ZG E N E RA L .C O M . A.J.B.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Santa Ynez General’s sun-drenched space houses everything from taper candles to perfumes; known for its tabletop accessories, the design shop is now adding furniture to its highly curated inventory.


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Into the Blue BLAKENEY SANFORD is known for her largescale indoor art installations using resin panels in varying shades of blue. But recently the artist has abandoned man-made settings for the great outdoors, inserting her signature panels into the environment and waiting for the perfect moment to capture the result with her camera. Sanford describes her new project, The Portals, as “an invitation to dive in, to move through a moment in time, in nature, in a space left for your imagination

and intuition. It’s not what the portal means to me, but what the portal means to you.” It’s a paradigm shift that transitions Sanford’s work “into the wilderness, deep into nature where the elements are at the forefront of the experience.” It’s also an art-making process that forces the artist to face “the hard wind, the cold snow, the sand blasting into every nook and cranny, the wet fog dripping from my clothes onto my boots and saturating everything.” But the outcome is glorious, providing each viewer with his or her own portal for transformation. A California native, Sanford’s dates her appreciation for the natural world to her childhood on ranchland along the coast and summers on midwestern lakes. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide and resides in significant global collections. She also collaborates with well-known corporate brands such as Quiksilver and Roxy. B L A K E N E YS A N F O R D .C O M . L.D.P.

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@ sant ab arbar amag CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A view inside the Cassandria Blackmore Gallery on Coast Village Road; Blackmore’s Pastél

Chróma, reverse painted glass, 30 x 30 in.; The namesake gallery owner and artist in front of her painting Portocali Geometrikós, reverse painted glass, 40 x 40 in.

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CASSANDRIA BLACKMORE’s pristine Montecito art gallery is stunning in two respects: The space is glorious, and the artworks on the walls were created by the namesake owner. “I think we are at a culture shift in the art world,” Blackmore says, “where artists have more ways of sharing their stories and what their work means directly with their audience.” This means you can walk into the gallery most days and meet the artist herself. (Large-scale works are available for viewing by appointment at Blackmore’s Santa Barbara studio.) To produce her art, Blackmore employs a reverse glasspainting technique known as verre églomisé, followed by the fearless use of a simple tool—a hammer—to shatter the painting into countless pieces. The next step is putting it back together. The result is gutsy, serenely beautiful, and must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Her newest works feature cascading colored squares that appear three dimensional. “I like the way that you are either pulled into them or they come out at you,” says the artist, noting that these works are about “exploring organization in the middle of chaos.” A respected member of the studio glass movement, Blackmore sits on the board of Seattle’s prestigious Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is shown internationally and is held in museums and private collections. 1275 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-895-2447, L.D.P.

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ART Portrait of an Artist It takes dedication and discipline—not to mention a huge dose of talent—to master more than one artistic medium. In part this is what makes RAFAEL

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Perea de la Cabada’s Dibujo 15, 2020, charcoal on paper, 12 x 9 in.; the artist flanked by his tapestry; Aguipiente y Serguila (Flanders Tapestries mill in Wielsbeke, Belgium), a project by John Nava studio and Vita Art Center, 2019, 105 x 80 in.

remarkable artist; his wide-ranging oeuvre includes drawing, painting, printing, mixed media, sculpture, set design, public art, performance art, and poetry. Basically, everything he touches turns into art. It all began in Mexico City, where Perea de la Cabada’s destiny as an artist was encouraged by his family and teachers, and where his artistic talent was publicly confirmed through a prestigious national arts award he received at age 24, just before his move stateside to obtain his master’s degree at UC Santa Barbara. He’s been in town ever since, and is a renowned member of the local arts community. His work is collected and exhibited locally and internationally (his latest solo exhibition is traveling throughout Mexico), and he often collaborates with fellow artists. He recently completed a public art commission for the city of Santa Barbara—part of the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project—with Richard Irvine, and currently helms an art gallery—Cabadagray in Ventura—with Colin Fraser Gray. Perea de la Cabada is also a respected adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College, having taught painting and drawing there for nearly 30 years. His work is distinctive, and his aesthetic is consistent regardless of the medium. Symbols are important to him, and some works contain an eagle or a serpent, or both; animals that embody good and evil, respectively, in many cultures. His artistic influences are legion, stretching from Mexican greats Rufino Tamayo and José Luis Cuevas to contemporary British land artist Andy Goldsworthy. “I see myself as an artist that happens to have a very specific background with a history that I admire tremendously, but also that is influenced by European art, by American art, by you name it,” he says. “I’m the result of many artists who came before me.” R A FA E L PE RE A .C O M . L.D.P.

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Joining Summerland’s growing home and garden row, PORCH is evolving with its new space. The move from Carpinteria’s Santa Claus Lane to Lillie Avenue came as a surprise. When the former Just Folk building became available, it felt like a twist of fate for owner Diana Dolan. “Twelve years ago, I wrote a business plan that included many photos of the Just Folk building as inspiration for our big ideas for Porch,” she says. “It feels as if it is our destiny to be here!” After giving the building a whitewashed refresh, Dolan and her team took advantage of the increased square footage, offering more furnishings and accessories, plus an upstairs design studio. “The soul is still what people expect from Porch,” reiterates Dolan, which means plenty of her signature natureinspired, one-of-a-kind goods and well-priced beautiful objects. However, there are more high-end pieces—such as handwoven soft goods from Chile and jewel-like onyx and driftwood tables. Shoppers now swing in from nearby Field + Fort, The Well, and Garde, lingering longer than they used to. Adds Dolan, “I feel we solidified Summerland as a design and shopping destination by moving here.” 2346 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-684-0300, PO RC H S B .CO M .

TOP TO BOTTOM: Beachy lighting, soft wool chairs, and driftwood tables are among the furnishings at Porch; the welcoming farmhouse-style storefront of Porch on Lillie Avenue in Summerland.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The gathering table filled with local blooms for students attending a bouquet workshop; Forage takes a painterly approach to floral design; owner Jill Redman’s antique Dutch floral painting anchors her shop.

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Sustainable flowers and foliage are always in season at FORAGE FLORALS in Santa Ynez, where many of the boutique’s 100 percent domestic blooms come from hyperlocal farms and fields. The full-service florist also carries curated home and gift goods, including a locally sourced, private-label, zero-waste line of natural bath and cleaning products—lotions, soaps, and various tidying-up supplies—some packaged in your choice of glass vessels, refillable at the shop. In mid-October hands-on, reservations-only workshops resume on a new outdoor patio. “We are thrilled to reopen responsibly this fall, with our much anticipated, socially distant workshop series,” says owner Jill Redman. Small groups, fueled by cheese and local wine pairings, will explore seasonal botanical décor or learn other crafts from guest artists. 1095 Meadowvale Rd., Santa Ynez, 805-691-9755, F O R A GE F L O R A L S .CO M . A.F.S.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Incorporating services such as microdermabrasion and peels in every session, Kaila Dinius uses her own natural Skin Magician line in conjunction with other products during her treatments; HA Serum, $60.

The Art of Skin Skin-care line creator and facialist Kaila Dinius prides herself on her no-nonsense approach to beauty. No follower of fleeting trends, she focuses instead on what really works, helping clients achieve beautiful skin the healthy way. Her SKIN MAGICIAN studio in Ventura—whose interiors combine Spanish old-world charm with uplifting modern decor—is completely private. “I want people to feel like this is a safe place. Touching someone’s face is very intimate, so there is a lot of trust that builds up between my clients and I,” Dinius says. “I am a great listener and a really good interrupter,” she adds with a smile. She tailors treatments to suit each individual, depending on their needs. Her recommendations for good skin and how to keep that healthy glow? “Get lots of sleep, drink lots of water, eat good food, and keep your skin as clean as you can. Exfoliation is the name of the game, and don’t forget to apply your sunscreen!” She adds, “It’s important to live life and be happy, because it always shows on your face. That’s where the magic comes from.” 451 E. Main St., Ventura, S KINMAGICIAN.CO M . AMELIA FLEETWOOD

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One of the nice things about living in Santa Barbara is that residents have a wholehearted commitment to healthy living inside and out. Enter AESTHETICS MONTECITO. Owner Jeanette Baer is a skin sculptress whose superpowers are reading, treating, and guiding skin to a healthy present and future. As part of her ongoing commitment to bringing health and well-being to our community, she has added the Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy machine—HOCATT for short—to the already diverse treatment menu at Aesthetics Montecito. The HOCATT was developed for holistic wellness. Using a combination of nine modalities, including steam and ozone therapies, the HOCATT boosts energy, improves circulation, and detoxes the body. The unit is unique because it works on major systems in the body simultaneously, synergistically energizing the body to heal, repair, and recover health and vitality. An added silver lining of this service is that the multiple healing modalities are delivered over one 30-minute session. For optimal benefit, 10 sessions over a 10-week period are recommended ($400/session; $3,000 for 10). 1805 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, 805-565-8480, A E S TH E TI CS M O N TE C I TO .C O M . HOLLYE JACOBS

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Chumash descendant TARA GOMEZ walks through Camp 4 Vineyard in search of grapes for Kitá Wines, both of which are owned by the tribe. “It’s just another opportunity to be able to tell the story of our tribe and our culture,” says Gomez, who also runs the brand Camins 2 Dreams with her wife, Mireia Taribo.

Cambria Winery’s longtime winemaker and now general manager DENISE SHURTLEFF (left) is a great resource for current winemaker JILL RUSSELL. “She’s a great mentor, and she has such great advice when I need it,” says Russell.

The time is ripe for VINES & VISION: THE

WINEMAKERS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, a coffee table book available this

holiday season. Says author Matt Kettmann, who’s been covering the region’s winemaking scene for 20 years, “Santa Barbara County is the most dynamic wine country in the world right now, a geographically blessed landscape full of diverse wine styles, stunning vistas, and personalities powered by natural curiosity and fierce independence.” Much of that spirit comes through in a standalone chapter and additional profiles of women winemakers, highlighting recent history with Alison Green-Doran at the Firestone Vineyard in the 1970s and, a decade later, with Lane Tanner, the first woman in the county to launch her own brand. The book’s homage to pioneering women helps complete a well-rounded narrative that’s “expansive but not exhaustive,” says Kettmann. His robust coverage features more than 100 vineyards and vintners, and pairs perfectly with nearly 1,000 color photographs by Macduff Everton, whose Tixcacalcupul Press, founded in 1985, handled the publishing. KEITH HAMM

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worked as the head winemaker for Spear Vineyards, where she is seen here, and now serves as assistant winemaker for the expanding Gleason Family Wines. She’s known for a “light-touch, minimalist interventionist policy” in winemaking.

“Here in Santa Barbara County, there’s a long history of women atop the winemaking world, harking back to Doña Marcelina Dominguez and her 1800s La Parra Grande grapevine in Montecito.” M A T T K E T T M A N N

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SONJA MAGDEVSKI’s path to winemaking combined her Macedonian roots, journalistic drive, and the village mentality of supporting the community. “I can pick up the phone and call anybody, and I feel very confident that they would help me, and I would do the same,” she says.

Some of Santa Barbara County’s women winemakers gathered at Fiddlestix Vineyards, including

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Mariel Hemingway; artist Nicola Carpinelli; the limited-edition Artiste x Dead Poets Foundation wines, from $47/bottle.

To Your (Mental) Health! Artiste Winery collaborates for a cause ARTISTE WINERY AND TASTING STUDIO

in Santa Ynez is known not only for the innovative blends created by founder and winemaker Bion Rice but also for its artistic labels. With the recent release of three limited-edition wines—in collaboration with and support of the Dead Poets Foundation—Artiste is now working to raise awareness about suicide and promote mental wellness. Each bottle features a painting by Oregon-based Nicola Carpinelli, who co-founded the Dead Poets Foundation in 2019 with actress and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway. The three portraits pay homage to artistic giants lost to suicide—writer Ernest Hemingway, actress Margaux Hemingway, and rock musician Chris Cornell—and a portion of the proceeds of the wine sales will go the foundation. “We’ve been working with artists since 2003,” says Bion’s wife, Anna Rice, Artiste’s marketing and sales director. “Mental wellness is a deeply personal cause that I’ve wanted to support, and when we met Nicola and heard his story, we were drawn to what he represents. This is a good coming together, the beginning of a new relationship.” Carpinelli and Mariel Hemingway established the foundation after she saw an exhibit of his paintings (which also included portraits of Anthony Bourdain, Sylvia Plath, and Robin Williams, among others). Their organization’s mission is to break through the stigma attached to mental health and raise awareness through art and education. “Our objective is to turn the suicide trajectory down,” says Carpinelli, “and to offer hope and multiple resources.” The collaboration with Artiste kicked off publicly in September during Worldwide Suicide Prevention

Week, as Hemingway and Carpinelli took part in several local events. Mark Sylvester of TEDx Santa Barbara conducted a conversation with Hemingway as part of the virtual Making Waves series on the COVID pandemic and social justice that has stood in for the annual live TEDx event. (The conversation continues to be available online at TEDxSantaBarbara.com.) The next night there was a virtual art benefit at the newly renovated Artiste Tasting Studio gallery that included a filmed segment by Hemingway, a discussion with Hemingway and Carpinelli moderated by the Rices, and an interactive Q & A. (It, too, is online, on the Artiste YouTube channel.) As for the new wine releases, Bion Rice was inspired by an underlying color in Carpinelli’s art to use the same three varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Grenache—in each, but in different combinations, underscoring the idea that as humans we’re made of the same stuff but put together individually. “This has been a blending of arts and talents,” notes Anna, adding, “what is important is to raise suicide awareness.” A R TI S TE .CO M . JOAN TAPPER

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The ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT’s acclaimed BBQ Bootcamp returns October 9-11, featuring three days of hands-on workshops with the luxury ranch property’s culinary director, Anthony Endy, on topics such as spice blending, grilling methods, and wine pairing. Joining chef Endy for this biannual event is a roster of culinary personalities, including chef, writer, and cookbook author Paula Disbrowe, chocolatier and grilled-dessert expert Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections, and more. 1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 800-425-4725, ALISAL . C O M . From $2,720. A.F.S.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Priedite’s barbecue pop-ups include accoutrements such as handmade flour tortillas; Nicholas Priedite tends the fire.

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Noted chef Michael Cherney and his wife, Sarah, softopened their first Santa Ynez Valley establishment— PEASANTS FEAST—in April 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. Located in downtown Solvang, peasants FEAST offers seasonal comfort food with a twist, taking its cue from the restaurant industry duo’s relationships with local farmers and artisanal food and beverage purveyors. The menus honor every part of the plants and animals destined for the restaurant’s tables, through dishes meant to highlight the local agricultural community. An expansive patio surrounds the indoor dining room, where nods to the circa-1970s greenhouse, now home to the restaurant, are manifested in neutral-toned, supple suede seating, oversize basket-like pendant lights, and a mod bookshelf-adorned bar area. In the kitchen chef Cherney applies his experience in Michelin-starred restaurants like Ortolan in Los Angeles and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas to signature items like the Instagram-famous Solvang hot chicken and the pastrami–smoked salmon sandwich. 487 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, 805-686-4555, PE A S A N TS F E A S T.C O M . A.F.S.

Sparked by a Labor Day weekend sellout, BELL’S is continuing the PRIEDITE’s Barbecue pop-up series in Los Alamos. The restaurant’s collaboration with Santa Barbara County’s Texas-style BBQ budding pit master, Nicholas Priedite, focuses on curated menus with items like anything-but-simple slow-cooked brisket, pork shoulder, and accompaniments such as handmade flour tortillas, pickled red onion, smoked jalapeño, and Oaxacan black beans. Follow @BellsLosAlamos and @Priedite1991 for Los Alamos pop-up dates and details. 406 Bell St., Los Alamos, B E L L S RE S TA UR A N T.C O M . A.F.S.

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Chef Nick Bodden was poised to lease the former Paesano’s Pizzeria on Santa Barbara’s west side for a nonpizza restaurant when his investor dropped out. “One day you’re about to open with half a million dollars, and then you’re not and you’re jobless,” he says. Bodden looked around at the two pizza ovens, and the fact that pizzerias were one of the few bright spots on the dining landscape, and the answer was obvious. REVOLVER, named after the Beatles album, has the garage-band vibe of people doing something for the sheer fun of it. The small room is decorated with Bodden’s own artwork, records, and cookbooks, and the handful of tables out front look straight out onto a thrift store. As for the food, what the limited menu—four New York–style pizzas, two salads—lacks in breadth, it makes up for in quality. “This is a chefdriven pizza shop, not fast food,” says Bodden. In other words, given the high demand and the limited oven capacity, you’re advised to reserve a slot in advance. 1429 San Andres St., Santa Barbara, 805-679-5818, R EVO LVE R SB . C O M . There’s more than one way to slice a pie: Just ask Aymiee Lee and Kevin Ricks, who are serving tasty Roman-style pizza al taglio, or by the rectangular slice, at NOEMI in the former Pizza Guru space in San Roque. The couple were taught by Roman-pizza expert Massimiliano Saieva of Miami to ferment the dough for 96 hours, resulting in less gluten, more protein, and more long-lasting crispiness than Neapolitan pizza. “People even tell us they’ve lost weight eating our pizza,” says Lee. “But I don’t recommend trying that.” 3534 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-869-2119, N O E M IP IZZ A .CO M . ERIK TORKELLS

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Salted honey pie, pistachio croissants, hand pies filled with homemade jam... Bust out the oven mitts, because Santa Barbara’s baking scene is hot. Four bakers with professional backgrounds— Sandra Adu Zelli (GIPSY HILL BAKERY), Lindsay Koenig (TRIPLE CHIP), Skylar Bryce Liess (SKYLAR BRYCE), and Justine Redding (CHEZ JUSTINE)—now offer their treats for pickup and/or delivery. Follow them on Instagram to see their menus, which change according to what’s seasonal. As for more savory pleasures, look to the BAGEL BOIZ, the side hustle that Bryan Foehl started with his son, Asher. They take orders Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and the best-in-town bagels—along with an impressive caramelized onion bialy—sell out faster than you can spell schmear. @gipsyhillbakery, @triplechipsb, @skylarbryce, @chezjustinebakes, @the_bagel_boiz. E.T.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Justine Redding’s bostock—a slice of brioche topped with frangipani and almonds; a slice of Skylar Bryce pie; pear and hazelnut brioche buns from Gipsy Hill Bakery.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The retro facade of the Cuyama Buckhorn; inside The Buckhorn Restaurant; the High Desert Hideaway Suite features bedding by Brooklinen; stop by The Buck Stop coffee shop for locally sourced baked goods and souvenirs; the property teams up with neighboring farms, ranches, and wineries to offer seasonal fare.

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When Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance of L.A.based design/build firm iDGroup purchased the CUYAMA BUCKHORN in 2018, they tapped their own expertise to reimagine the 1952 roadhouse and motel with stylish guest rooms and a menu that emphasizes local, seasonal flavors along with barbecue classics. “We’re calling it a ‘midcentury farmhouse,’” Sadeghian says about the 21-room property on State Route 166 in rural Santa Barbara County. The Buckhorn, whose private patios make for an ideal socially distanced getaway, has been energized for its longtime loyal clientele—and offers a new California adventure for first-timers. 4923 Primero St., New Cuyama, 661-766-2825, CUYAMABUCKHORN.COM. From $197/night. JESSICA RITZ

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Solvang Stays The landmark Old Mill Clock Tower building in the heart of Solvang has been transformed into THE WINSTON, where each of the 14 guest rooms and suites boasts an individually dramatic interior design with whimsical wallpapers and rich jewel tones and the public spaces are filled with eclectic curated artwork. For security and safety, the hotel has replaced a standard checkin process with invisible guest service, including a unique access code and a private honor bar. Together with the nearby VINLAND HOTEL & LOUNGE—also under the hospitality umbrella of Highway West Vacations—the two new sister hotels offer fresh takes on the area’s unique Denmark-in-California heritage. 486 1st St., Solvang, 805688-2965, T H E W I N S TO N S O LVA N G.C O M . From $350/night. J.R.

LEFT TO RIGHT: The playful interiors of a king suite at The Winston include an oversized, velvet headboard; the boutique hotel’s artful lobby.

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NORTHERN EXPOSURE Known for her signature beach-shack-chic charm, Los Angeles–based designer Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior has just completed her first hotel project. The boutique property, SAN LUIS CREEK LODGE, is backed by PRG Hospitality (The Prospect Hollywood, Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, and Sparrows Lodge in Palm Springs) and located in the heart of San Luis Obispo. The 25room property is spread over four buildings and offers three unique room styles, each incorporating tones of blue, green, or black that reflect the region’s natural beauty and the laid-back sophistication inherent to the Central Coast town. The result is one part surf shack, one part modern farmhouse, and entirely refreshing. Book one of the premier king rooms with a fireplace, and spend the evenings cozied up with a book before you fall into the beds covered in Fili D’Oro linens. 1941 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805-541-1122, SAN LU ISC R EEK L O D G E . C O M . From $249/night. SAMANTHA BROOKS

LEFT TO RIGHT: Haus Interior designed the custom furnishings at San Luis Creek Lodge; artwork by Block Shop adorns the wall.

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Savor the Moment Situated by the rolling hills of San Luis Obispo, BIDDLE RANCH VINEYARD beckons with its bucolic landscape of olive trees and Chardonnay vines. The 23-acre property includes an old ranch house, which owner and designer Anne Fortini converted into a tasting room, and a rustic four-bedroom main house that is available for short-term rentals. The on-site structures are decked out in natural materials—linens, rattan, sisal, and jute—with unique architectural details, including doors and beams crafted from reclaimed horse fencing. Cozy up by the outdoor fireplace, where you can sip on Biddle Ranch’s smallbatch wines as you look out onto the Seven Sisters volcanic mountain range. 2050 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo, 805-543-2399; B I D D L E RA N CH .CO M . A.J.B.

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Mountain Do TOP TO BOTTOM: A freestanding tub for two inside a suite at Capri Hotel; the lobby; pastel hues and custom pieces nod to midcentury Italian design.

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Check into a cozy cedar cabin with luxe bedding and a loft for the kids. Pair evening s’mores with a bottle of local Syrah from the rustic Canyon Market, and take a morning hike to visit a llama farm overlooking the ocean. elcapitancanyon.com. From $245/night.

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Bring the Airstream or book a wine- or surf-themed cottage at this Buellton resort complete with pools, bocce courts, and fire pits. Grab a beer from the Sideways Lounge and bring the pup—there’s a dog park on-site. highwaywestvacations.com. From $130/night.

APPY HOUR The National Park Service’s CHANNEL ISLANDS APP is the perfect companion for your next trip. Learn about the natural and cultural background of the sites, explore the map by topic or interest, and get essential info on self-guided tours, trails, and more. N P S. G O V . Make waves with the GETMYBOAT app, which allows users to book seafaring excursions, from yacht charters and sailboat rentals to fishing, paddleboarding, and jet-skiing experiences. Use it on our California shores or abroad—the marketplace has more than 130,000 listings across 184 countries. G ET M Y B O AT. C O M .

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Just 45 minutes east of Santa Barbara, it’s easy to take the charming, bohemian town of Ojai for granted, but a weekend escape to the hills will feel a world away. Check in to the just-opened CAPRI HOTEL for a low-key midcentury California experience that mixes in Italian design references from the ’60s and ’70s. Originally built in 1963, this retro 30-room motel has slowly been undergoing a transformation by hotelier Kenny Osehan and her company, Shelter Social Club, since early 2019. (The group also operates the Sama Sama Kitchen on State Street, The Alamo Motel in Los Alamos, and Hamlet Inn in Solvang, among others.) Striking original pastel oil abstracts from artist Mattea Perrotta brighten the walls of the accommodations as well as the lobby; handmade custom ceramic wall sconces and desk lamps in each room are the designs of New York-based Eny Lee Parker; and bed frames, headboards, side tables, and desks are from Dusk Work. A restaurant and bar are planned in the next phase of the hotel, but you can currently find a shimmering pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by loungers. The rooms include refrigerators and 42-inch flat-screens. There’s even a king suite with a private hot tub for two. Off property, check out the region’s hot springs, hiking trails, and wine-tasting rooms. 1180 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai, 805-646-4305, H O T E LO JAI. C O M . From $199/night. S.B.


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Through the Eyes of the Future How leah thomas is redefining the environmental movement

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TH E RE H AV E C L E A RLY B E E N A L O T O F CO N V E R S ATI O N S S U RR O U N D I N G RA C E I N TH E UN I TE D S TATE S O V E R TH E PA S T F E W M O N TH S . H O W D O E N V I RO N M E N TA L I S M A N D C L I M ATE C H A N GE C O M E I N TO PL AY? Environmentalists often talk

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f you’ve been on Instagram any time in the past six months, chances are you’ve seen countless graphics educating and informing on the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, and racial justice— to name a few. Twenty-five-year-old Ventura local Leah Thomas—or @greengirlleah, as her nearly 160,000 Instagram followers know her—is the creator of one such viral post. But hers was a little different from the other infographics that might have come across your feed. Instead of focusing on racial or environmental justice, it combined the two, addressing what Thomas calls “intersectional environmentalism.” The pioneering activist, who has written on the subject for publications such as Vogue and The Good Trade, is certainly more than qualified to inform on this topic, having studied environmental science and policy at Chapman University and worked on the PR and communications team for Patagonia—a leading “one-percent for the planet” corporation globally renowned for its passion for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. I spoke with Thomas over Zoom to learn more about this relatively new term and how we can all be intersectional environmentalists.

about confined animal feeding lots or endangered species, but they won’t talk about the communities that are impacted by those environmental injustices. One way to start is to really make those connections, and for environmentalists to ask, “Who?” And if the “who” ends up being people of color or low-income communities time and time again, I think it’s time to acknowledge that maybe the environmentalism that we have now and the environmental policies that we have now might need some reworking to include people of color.

W H AT D R E W YO U TO W O RK F O R PATA GO N I A O UT O F C O L L E G E ? C A N YO U TE L L U S A BO UT YO UR E X PE R I E N C E AT TH E CO M PA N Y?

I was in a corporate sustainability class, and I learned about the triple p’s: people, profit, and planet. We had a case study about Patagonia, and I remember just thinking, “Huh, that makes sense. I’m going to work there one day, because it seems like they’re doing things right.” I ended up as an assistant on the PR team and to [Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects] Rick Ridgeway. I learned a lot about how to flip capitalism on its head and help fund activism through a corporation, which really inspired the work I’m doing now. It was great to work in an environment with so many people passionate about activism and environmentalism.

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HOW W OULD YO U D E F IN E IN T ER SE C T IO N AL E N VIR O N M E N TALIS M? WHY IS IT IM P O R TAN T F O R P E O P LE T O B E C O M E INTERS ECTIONA L E N VIR O N M E N TALIST S? Intersectional en-

vironmentalism is a type of environmentalism that advocates for the protection of both people and the planet. It amplifies the voices and efforts of diverse individuals and marginalized communities and gives them a place in the environmental movement. I had worked at a lot of environmental organizations, and I had been in a lot of environmental spaces—I studied environmental science and policy at Chapman University—but I wasn’t seeing a lot of acknowledgment for environmental justice.

WHERE DID YOU F IR ST H E AR T H E T ER M IN T E R SE C T IO N AL ENV IRONMENTAL ISM ? WAS T H ER E A M O M E N T T H AT R EALLY MADE YOU THIN K , “I N EED T O G ET IN VO LVE D ”? I first heard

the term when I wrote it. I Googled [the term] and didn’t see it anywhere. When it started to kind of go viral was after I made a graphic—Environmentalists for Black Lives Matter—in May, and when you swiped through it, it had my definition of intersectional environmentalism.

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The artist in his studio surrounded by his paintings (from left): the douglas is nearly allied to the red squirrel , 2019, mixed media on linen, 68 x 48 in.; but what may we say of

ourselves and the flock? , 2019, mixed media on linen, 88 x 72 in.; and follow him for days, without disturbing him, to

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The path leading to the Sternberg family’s hilltop home bears the title of the artist’s latest project, The Free Republic of California. OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: A new piece entitled a

caged bird meant to fly , 2020, various woods, thermal transfer, and acrylic on finished wood panel, steel, brass, ink on paper, serpentine rocks, internal speaker system, 57 in. high x 31.5 in. wide x 23.25 in. deep; the interior of Sternberg’s studio and his piece, and

flock to the headwaters of the Merced and Tuolumne , 2019, mixed media on linen, 74 x 144 in.

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large, weather-beaten tractor sits in front of the metal-clad barn that serves as Cole Sternberg’s art studio in Santa Ynez. It’s an oversize symbol of how the artist’s life has changed since he and his wife, Kelsey Lee Offield, relocated here almost four years ago from Los Angeles. The couple now has a two-year-old daughter and an animal menagerie featuring chickens, pigs, a rescued mini horse, and a very friendly Saint Bernard. The entire homestead (residence, guesthouse, and studio) is solar powered. They’re even growing their own wheat to make flour. But don’t let the bucolic scene fool you; in addition to the barn/studio, there’s a photography darkroom, a silk-screening room, and a kiln for ceramics. It’s really an art-making compound that just happens to be in the country. As the artist happily admits, having a ranch has “allowed me to think a little differently and create things with more flexibility. Now I can drag paintings in the dirt, leave them out in the wind or on a tree for weeks.” As an internationally acclaimed artist whose works reside in major collections, Sternberg is

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Artist Cole Sternberg outside the metal-clad barn he uses for his art studio in Santa Ynez.

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Photographer Sam Frost's portrait of Sternberg, superimposed with a work by the artist. Beginning October 16, in partnership with the Ojai Institute, an initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation (carolynglasoebailey foundation.org), Sternberg is slated to take the Free Republic of California beyond the exhibition arena with a digital event program and outdoor installations throughout the Ojai Valley. OPPOSITE: Nature exists just outside the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio. Pictured is his work, but what may

we say of ourselves and the flock? , 2019, mixed media on linen, 88 x 72 in.

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known for exposing his art to the environment— especially ocean water—and goes to great lengths to obtain his desired artistic effects. In 2015, during a dramatic 22-day voyage on a shipping vessel from Japan to Portland, Oregon, he threw one of his paintings into the water and watched it drag alongside the ship. After retrieving it, “it felt like this miracle,” he says, “because you really felt the water in the work. So that started me off exploring creating environmental patterns [on paintings]; whether it’s the movement of the water, or light through a forest, or rings of a tree. All those things come out when you expose them to the elements.” Born in Richmond, Virginia, Sternberg had a peripatetic childhood that stretched from Saratoga, California, to Stuttgart, Germany, during his middle school years. By the time his family returned to California, “I’d seen 30 countries and fell in the fountain at the Louvre,” he says. Pennsylvania’s Villanova University followed, coupled with a return to Germany for a study-abroad year, culminating with a B.A. degree in fine arts and business. His next step was highly unusual—at least for a future artist: He earned a law degree from American University in Washington, D.C. “I was always drawing or painting, but I didn’t think [making art] would be a viable way to buy food or

have a roof over my head,” he explains. (Even so, he mounted his first art show at a bar during law school.) An entertainment law internship brought Sternberg to Los Angeles, where he finally ditched his day job to become a full-time artist. As it turned out, his legal background provided the impetus for Sternberg’s most ambitious and far-reaching project yet: an exhibition documenting the infrastructure for a new country known as The Free Republic of California (thefreerepublicofcal ifornia.com). Although the premise of the work assumes California has seceded from the United States, secession is not the primary focus. “It’s more about what a more enlightened nation could look like,” says the artist, who wrote a 54-page budget for the new country, recasting funds California currently sends the federal government for income taxes and directing those funds to uses he considers more effective: universal health care, free higher education, low-income housing, and more. Sternberg also drafted a new constitution addressing many issues currently confronting America—a document that “redefines a constitution for modern times with dreams of peace and environmental stability at the forefront.” There’s no electoral college, the death penalty and torture are outlawed, weapons are strictly regulated, and

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political campaign financing is severely limited. Discrimination based on race, sex, age, origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, conviction, health and/or disability is prohibited, and equal pay is guaranteed regardless of sex. Of course, Sternberg’s art figures prominently in the exhibition, including a new hand-stitched California flag, official seal, and letterhead. He designed campaign-like propaganda posters, lawn signs, and buttons. He even created a clothing line, and silkscreened 500 items by hand. (The first batch of custom clothing was stolen from a warehouse, but the artist—true to the cause— hopes he’ll see protestors at future demonstrations wearing contraband Free Republic of California T-shirts.) Works on paper blending his painting practice with vintage photographs of Yosemite National Park are also part of the show. The exhibition, “Freestate: The Free Republic of California,” opens October 8—virtually and by appointment— at ESMoA in El Segundo (esmoa.org). •

A series of pieces from The Free Republic of California collection of work. OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Sternberg’s latest project, The Free Republic of California, includes a clothing line with silkscreened slogans; a “passport” entitled go everywhere, be free, 2020, ink and acrylic on paper, 11 x 8.5 in.

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The artist relaxes in the sunken living room of his Santa Ynez home, renovated by FORM Design Studio.

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hen COVID-19 swept the nation, schools closed, travel plans halted, and our family, like many others, was stuck at home. But instead of confining ourselves to days filled with nothing but Zoom meetings and disinfecting groceries, we found joy in the beauty of Carpinteria. We started each

morning with low-tide beach walks, took local hikes filled with vibrant wildflowers, biked through Summerland, held family tennis matches and mother-daughter ballet classes. All at once we fell back in love with a community we had taken for granted. Every sunset and sunrise was magical, and every new activity we stumbled upon was a chance for exploration. A few weeks after the quarantine officially started, my dad, Dewey Nicks, was catching up about life in the time of Corona with his longtime friend and stylist extraordinaire Deborah Watson. Upon hearing what we’d been up to, she suggested a long-distance fashion shoot centered around Nikki Kule’s namesake brand,

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KULE. The timing for an introduction worked out perfectly, as Nikki had recently reposted a cover of Yolanda Edward’s magazine, YOLO Journal, which my dad had photographed. Soon we received a huge box filled with KULE clothing. Opening the box felt like Christmas morning in the beginning of May, with all of us digging through the packages and excitedly trying on all the pieces. And because KULE’s clothes are so versatile, everybody in our family found multiple things they loved. Debra styled us over Zoom, mixing and matching the bright colors, classic stripes, preppy sweaters, T-shirts, pullovers, and blouses. Our family spent the next week hitting our favorite spots in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Montecito, changing outfits along the way. When my dad saw a spot he liked or light that interested him, we would pull over, and he’d shoot. The places we found the most comfort in during quarantine also gave us the most inspiration to be creative, to find new ways to use our home, and to change our perspective on how to be artistic within the limits of our changing world. And, yes, we all still wear our KULE clothes every day. •

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Madeleine decked out in full tennis attire. OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: A midafternoon family tennis match; Dewey tries to master a one-handed backhand at the ping-pong table in his KULE sweater.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Stephanie layers up for a sunset beach walk; Madeleine untangles the phone cord while deep in conversation,

socks and all; Dewey in charge of the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rackets after a season on

the court; George maneuvers a crashing wave while take his daily bike ride on the beach. OPPOSITE: The whole family poses in our KULE clothes, captured by my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend, photographer Lance Skundric.

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Roman An architect's Ojai home is inspired by the Eternal City W R I T T E N B Y L .D. P O RTER P H O T O G R A P H S B Y T I M S TREET- P O RTER

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A bright yellow front door punctuates the glass-enclosed entry, where “you’re meant to feel as if you’re really still outside,” according to the architect; artist Roy McMakin created the kitchen’s iconic Dutch door with diamond-pane windows and surrounding cabinetry; it's a contemporary take on a midwestern suburban house kitchen.

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medieval proverb proclaims “all roads lead to Rome,” but for architect Frederick Fisher, Rome led to Ojai, where his contemporary home reflects the transformative experience of a year spent in the Eternal City with his wife, Jennie Prebor, and their two sons, Henry and Eugene. It was not your average family trip to Europe. In 2008, Fisher received the prestigious Rome Prize awarded annually by the American Academy, an august cultural institution established in 1894 by such prominent Americans as John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and William K. Vanderbilt. Presented to 30 artists and scholars in various fields, including architecture, design, and literature, the prize also features a lengthy stay at the Academy’s iconic hilltop compound. “It changed our life, for life,” says Fisher of the sojourn. Upon returning to their Los Angeles home, the couple hosted a fundraiser for the academy’s Rome Sustainable Food Project, which focuses on feeding academy residents in an environmentally sustainable way. The event was held in Ojai, and Prebor was immediately hooked on the community: “I thought, I could live here. That was it,” she says. Fisher was already a convert, having designed a house in Ojai years earlier for artist Elyn Zimmerman.

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The library hovers over the ground floor, its bookcases backed by humble chicken wire. “The notion is that you’re in a basket of books,” Fisher explains. “It’s also like an old bread cabinet.”


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The comfy, light-filled “basket of books” library has bookcases backed by chicken wire, a daybed inspired by artist Donald Judd, and a print by Richard Hamilton of the artist’s own library.

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Feature - Fisher TOP TO BOTTOM: The top floor opens onto a spacious bedroom boasting a panoramic view of Ojai Valley and the Topa Topa Mountains. “Early on, when I started to spend time here, I described Ojai as a light show,” Fisher recalls, “because it’s really about the light.”; Willow —a work by Ojai Institute Artist in Residence Marc Swanson—hovers over the master bedroom's fireplace. OPPOSITE: The wood staircase is wrapped in a skin of laser-cut steel in a computer-generated recursion pattern created by Caltech professor Peter Schroeder. The antique breakfront once belonged to cultural leader Dorothy Buffum Chandler, whose name adorns the Los Angeles Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The couple found a deserted nine-acre hilltop plot in downtown Ojai, derelict but packed with promise, including spectacular mountain and valley views. An extensive cleanup uncovered a series of stone terraces and an olive grove, in addition to the remains of an old cistern. The land could have been subdivided and developed, but Prebor and Fisher were determined to keep it intact. “This is such a rare type of property that it’s a legacy,” explains Fisher. “You’re taking care of a legacy. It’s a treasure.” Adds Prebor, “It’s about preserving the site and having the site not just for our family but for the community, too, to have community events.” In fact, the couple sponsored several fundraisers on their grounds years before their house was built. Both Prebor and Fisher are arts supporters; many


“This is such a rare type of property that it’s a legacy,” explains Fisher. “You’re taking care of a legacy. It’s a treasure.”

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of Fisher’s projects include artist collaborations, and Prebor is an art world veteran. Together they’ve supported Ojai’s Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation; as Frederick Janka, its executive director notes, “Jennie and Fred were early adopters of the foundation from the start. They’re real patrons of the arts and artists.” The existing topography dictated the home’s design. “It’s a beautiful hilltop site, and there’s something unique about that as an architectural problem,” Fisher says. “You think of Tuscan hill towns and those little villas sitting on top of the hill like a box. Basically, that’s what this is; it’s the box on the hill.” The architect used a prefabricated structural insulated panel system to construct the three-story structure. Clad in rusted corrugated metal, the material harks back to the couple’s origins. (Prebor is a Pennsylvania native; Fisher hails from Ohio.) “Jennie and I are Rust Belt people,” Fisher says, “and the look of the timeless, rusted barn to me was a natural for this site. It’s ageless, and it requires no maintenance.” From the start, the kitchen’s design was of paramount concern. According to Fisher, “The design of any house starts with the kitchen, because I know that the kitchen is going to be the center of life no matter what.” Prebor’s professional experience in the catering world added an additional

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The rectangular pool is sited to take full advantage of the stunning Topa Topa Mountains and Ojai’s famous “Pink Moment.” It’s also a focal point for fundraisers the family hosts for local cultural institutions.


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requirement—the ability to entertain large groups. They needed, she jokes, “a house for the four of us that can entertain a hundred.” The result is an airy, double-volume space with a fire-engine red central island and custom cabinetry by artist Roy McMakin, who also created the kitchen’s bright yellow Dutch door with classic diamond-pane windows. “It’s like the midwestern suburban house kitchen,” says Fisher. “It’s a take on a vernacular that I’m very comfortable with.” Pre-COVID, the house was a welcome break from Los Angeles, where Fisher’s architecture office is based, but in the wake of stay-at-home orders, the entire family has embraced Ojai fulltime. Prebor owns a chic downtown boutique— Blanchesylvia, inspired by a shop in Rome—that features dresses, vintage finds, and beads. Fisher replicates his life in Italy through daily rituals: Mornings are consumed by espresso and the newspaper; midday he’s in the library surrounded by books and work; and the day ends with a glass of wine in the living room, gazing at the sunset mountain view, Ojai’s famous “Pink Moment.” •

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Just north of Santa Barbara, where the ocean mist rises above the sloping terrain of the Goleta foothills, a revolution is brewing W R I T T E N BY N IN ETTE PA LO MA P H O T O G R AP H S BY MIC H A EL H A BER


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t 5:45 a.m., Jay Ruskey pulls himself out of bed, stretches, and sets off to make the first of what will be many cups of coffee. He warms the pot, rinses the filter, and slowly and methodically pours water over medium-coarse Good Land Organics Geisha (one of several possible choices), carefully inspecting his CO2 bloom. The ensuing cup—with its heady aroma of chocolate, floral, jasmine, red apple, rose, and sweet vanilla—is the preternatural result of Southern California’s latitude and climate, and a liquid testament to Ruskey’s unyielding resolve. “So many of us enjoy the ritual of coffee but we don’t understand how much work goes behind developing it,” says Ruskey, founder of FRINJ coffee and owner of the first commercial coffee farm in California. “The planting, harvesting, roasting, and brewing are all part of a complimentary journey that’s on par with the wine experience.” Two decades ago, Ruskey’s idea to incorporate several rows of coffee plants into his avocado orchard was met with skepticism by industry experts who insisted California lacked the characteristics needed to foster a notoriously delicate crop. But Ruskey was undeterred. “The truth is, I didn’t take them or anything too seriously,” he recalls. “At that point in my life, I was young and ambitious and just trying to find crops to make a living.” Through years of exploration and error on his family’s Good Land Organics farm property— along with a savvy collaboration with leading researchers at UC Davis—Ruskey finally developed a replicable farming system that would consistently yield a high-quality crop, and suddenly the idea of subtropical coffee production didn’t seem so far-fetched after all.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: FRINJ Coffee’s San Franciscan; the vintage roaster churns out lightly roasted beans that have become synonymous with the California coffee experience; a clump of Catuai Rojo fruit on the hillside. PREVIOUS PAGES: Coffee bean varietal Laurina is ripe for the picking; Jay Ruskey and his sidekick Tejon make their daily inspection rounds on the Good Land Organics farm.


The onshore breeze of the Pacific and sloping terrain of the Goleta foothills lend a distinctive approach to domestic coffee farming at the Good Land Organics farm.

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OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Post-harvest assistant Remi Ho sorts through vibrantly ripe Pacamara cherries during spring harvest; Ruskey inspects the CO2 bloom of his latest coffee bean varietal.

“Growing coffee in California is different in both how the coffee is produced and how it is experienced,” emphasizes Ruskey. “We have a cross-section of climate with an ocean and mountain buffer that’s always lent itself to agricultural diversity.”

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“Growing coffee in California is different in both how the coffee is produced and how it is experienced,” emphasizes Ruskey. “We have a crosssection of climate with an ocean and mountain buffer that’s always lent itself to agricultural diversity. Throw in 14 hours of sunlight and 20 percent humidity that invigorates sweet cherries, and that’s what we call the California advantage.” Aficionados are dubbing it the “California Coffee Experience,” and consumers from Japan to the U.K. want in on it, too. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the craftsmanship,” Ruskey says with a smile. Today, FRINJ is initiating a new chapter in the state’s agriculture, in which regenerative farming and biodiversity are at the center of a sustainable approach to land stewardship. “The new farmer is looking for a lifestyle they can be proud of,” says Ruskey. “Their farms may be smaller, but they’re looking to improve on their property using conscious methods that are good for the land and people.” Making good on that philosophy, Ruskey has also pledged to do right by farmers who’ve historically seen meager returns on their labor-intensive crops—generally hovering around the 2 to 5 percent mark. By stark contrast, FRINJ farmers walk away with a sizeable 60 percent return, signaling a firm and clear acknowledgment that their time and efforts are valued.

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“It’s completely upside down right now,” says Ruskey, “and I want to be a disrupter. This is about farmers caring for each other and looking after the land together.” On a late spring afternoon, the farm is buzzing with harvest activity, and Tejon the family dog is making his rounds, sniffing at crates and greeting the crew as they gather in the main house for an informal tasting. FRINJ’s San Franciscan bean roaster is whirring in the corner, and the faint smell of lightly browned butter begins to fill the sunlit shed. “We’re not a dark roasting coffee,” Ruskey explains. “We don’t want to narrow the flavor profile.” Like an expert chemist, Ruskey begins gliding around the tasting bar, setting out small ceramic cups and carefully monitoring the water. He pours samples of one of his newest varietals, part of a new breeding program that develops FRINJ-produced hybrids. The floral notes are unmistakable, with a delicate nuttiness and a sweet, rounded finish. It is undeniably the best cup of coffee I’ve ever tasted, and everyone around me nods in agreement. “I think our quality is at world standards,” Ruskey says with a proud smile. “It’s really up to our California farmers now, and we’re pushing the limits and going for it.” •


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The Coffee Disrupter: Ruskeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic and regenerative approach to coffee farming is leading the charge in California coffee production.

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WHAT DOES YOUR IDEAL W O R L D LO O K LIK E, AN D H O W D O Y O U T H IN K WE CAN GET THERE? The future should be intersectional,

and I think to get there it really just means acknowledging our differences and the beautiful things in our differences, and also some of the hard conversations surrounding our differences.

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