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PATRICIA CHIDLAW, Rainbow Float, 2022 for PATRICIA CHIDLAW: The Pool Show review in Santa Barbara News Press

‘The Pool Show’

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

June 16, 2022

As a realist painter, Patricia Chidlaw has long been attracted to reflection in water.

The well-known Santa Barbara artist is known for, among other things, her paintings of urban and urban-adjacent landscapes at twilight and dawn, often incorporating the changes of light reflected in either a puddle, a river or a swimming pool.

Over the course of her decades-long career, she has made paintings of neon lights, street lights and both sun and moonlight reflected in water.

For her current exhibition, “The Pool Show,” at the Sullivan Goss Gallery through July 25, Ms. Chidlaw decided to explicitly showcase the ever-changing reflections that occur in swimming pools at all times of the day.

PHOEBE BRUNNER, Bomba for Kit Boise-Cossart article on Phoebe Brunner in LUM Art Zine

Magic on the Brush: Phoebe Brunner

By Kit Boise-Cossart, Lum ArtZine

WINTER/SPRING 2022

If ever a landscape were a living, breathing thing, it's under Phoebe Brunner's brush. Plants and flowers; clouds, fog and mist; open plains, mountains and shorelines – all transformed by thick layers of light-filtered paint that seem to pulse with an inner radiance.

Sullivan Goss Gallery Features Serious Abstract Art

Sullivan Goss Gallery Features Serious Abstract Art

BY MARILYN MCMAHON, SANTA BARBARA NEWSPRESS

March 26, 2022

How does anyone make serious art in Santa Barbara?

The sun, the ocean, the beautiful people, the fresh produce … it’s a good-time kinda place, according to Nathan Vonk, owner of Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery.

“In a locally notorious essay from 2000, famed critic and teacher Dave Hickey called Santa Barbara, ‘a hellish paradise … where one doesn’t really need art … if one is comfy there.’ His essay is both hilarious and galling and not entirely incorrect. But there are now and always have been very serious artists in this small, seaside hamlet,” said Mr. Vonk.

LEON DABO (1864-1960), Landscape in Provence, 1952 for LEON DABO: En France Encore article in the Santa Barbara Newspress

'En France Encore'

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

3/3/2022

“Leon Dabo: En France Encore,” a show timed to coincide with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s major Van Gogh-themed exhibition, is on view through March 28 at Sullivan Goss Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St.

“Leon Dabo was a French-born American artist who became well known before the first World War as a tonalist painter,” said Nathan Vonk, owner of the Sullivan Goss Gallery. “As one of the organizers of the 1913 Armory show in New York City, Mr. Dabo played a key role in introducing impressionism, post-impressionism and modernism to an American audience.

“After his time spent in Europe as an intelligence officer during the first World War, his work took a dramatic turn toward post-impressionism with pieces that show the obvious influence of Van Gogh’s work, an aesthetic lineage that only became stronger after the second World War.”

Image of and article on Leon Dabo from Art and Antiques magazine

Dreams of France

By Staff, Art & Antiques

March 2022

LEON DABO (1864-1960) was a French-born American painter who had an extraordinarily long career, from the early 1890s through 1954. His father, Igance Schott de Dabo was a mural painter and stained-glass artist who emigrated with his family to escape political unrest in France, settling in Detroit. Leon Dabo became a muralist, too, working on ecclesiastical and other public commissions under the direction of John La Farge in New York. In the first years of the 20th century, Dabo gained recognition as a painter, primarily of landscapes in the Tonalist style.

LEON DABO (1864-1960) , Sunrise, 1954 for LEON DABO: En France Encore review in VOICE by Josef Woodard

LATE LIFE LIGHT

by Josef Woodard, VOICE

FEBRUARY 4, 2022

REGULAR SULLIVAN GOSS GALLERY OBSERVERS and art-watchers will know something of the Frenchman-in-New-York artist Leon Dabo. The gallery, having acquired the artist's estate eleven years ago under the aegis of original owner Frank Goss, has presented the quietly majestic art of Dabo (1864-1960) in group shows and a few solo exhibitions with catalogues in tow.

WOSENE WORKE KOSROF, Birth of Music II, 2021 for JUXTAPOSED: The Art of Curation article in VOICE

Pairings for Art's Sake

by Josef Woodard, VOICE

JANUARY 7, 2022

JUST IN TIME FOR A NEW YEAR, a new hope and a harbinger of wished-for continuity, Sullivan Goss kicks off with a main gallery exhibition looking both inward and out. As suggested by its title, Juxtaposed: The Art of Curation in which the very art of curation is central to its end effect. As art presentation dictates, guiding curatorial forces follow a creative collective heart, behind the art on the walls, but this time in a self-conscious way.

Portrait of INGA GUZYTE in her studio in Santa Barbara, CA

Rebels on Decks

By Charles Donelan, Independent

DECEMBER 16, 2021

The Anapamu Street facade of Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, looks friendly with a dash of imposing. As the city’s premier gallery, its status complements the Santa Barbara Museum of Art across the street. Established artists such as Hank Pitcher, Nicole Strasburg, John Nava, and Angela Perko have been with the gallery for several decades. Individual works on display are priced as high as five or six figures. Its archival holdings stretch into the 19th century, and the gallery has published handsome scholarly monographs on master artists including Ray Strong. Leon Dabo, and Lockwood de Forest. Sullivan Goss looks like a pillar of the art establishment because it is one.

This accumulated prestige makes the story of the gallery’s breakout star of the moment that much more interesting. Inga Guzyte, a 37-year-old immigrant from Lithuania by way of Germany, just sold out her solo show Young Sparrows. 

Image of "Lifting Spirits", 2021 by INGA GUZYTE for article in Santa Barbara News Press documenting her "Young Sparrows" exhibition

Inga Guzyte Celebrates 'Daughters' in Solo Exhibition

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

DECEMBER 12, 2021

Artist Inga Guzyte painted the works in “Young Sparrows,” her solo exhibition. The term “Young Sparrows” refers to daughters. Among them are Amanda Gorman, Momiji Nishiya, Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai and Millie Bobby Brown.

From performance artists to politicians, from activists to musicians, Inga Guzyte created a large series of portraits of women she admired for her first solo exhibition at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery in 2019.

For the current exhibition on view through Dec. 27, she has focused on the idea of younger women. 

photograph of a man standing to the right of the rediscovered "East Beach to Butterfly" painting by Hank Pitcher

Hank Pitcher's "East Beach to Butterfly" Unearthed

By Ted Mills, Montecito Journal

DECEMBER 10, 2021

Once a longtime backdrop to a part Coast Village Road shopping history, a Hank Pitcher canvas has been rediscovered, 30 years after it was hidden from the public. Out of sight, out of mind, this Pitcher work was thought lost.

JOHN NAVA, Summerland Rhodes 1, 2009 for Edhat 1st Thursday Article

Asian American Festival and First Thursday

by Robert Bernstein, Edhat

NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Sullivan Goss is always one of our favorite places during the First Thursday art walk. They have always featured top quality modern art, but even more than in the past they are also featuring some older pieces. Here are a few samples.

FRANK KIRK, Sunbathers for article about California on my Mind in the Santa Barbara Newspress

California on my Mind

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

OCTOBER 30, 2021

Many local residents divide their time between Santa Barbara and their second homes in other cities strewn across the continent. As summer turns to fall, they begin to think about returning to the warmer weather and slower pace of life that Santa Barbara offers.

“California on My Mind,” the current exhibition at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, calls them to do just that. 

Historic and contemporary paintings, drawings and prints by artists from Southern California highlight the region’s history and mythology.

INGA GUZYTE, Sky High, 2021 for INGA GUZYTE: Young Sparrows in VOICE

INGA GUZYTE: Young Sparrows

By Kerrie Methner, VOICE

OCTOBER 29, 2021

AS THE ARTS & CULTURE SEASON HEATS UP, galleries and museums are stepping up to add their own flair and excitement to the mix. As one of Santa Barbara’s finest galleries, Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery is leading the way with several new exhibitions by local favorites, including Nathan Huff: Almost Here, and the second solo exhibition by Inga Guzyte: Young Sparrows.

NICOLE STRASBURG, Bloom (Quadtych) for 'Sea Change' article in Santa Barbara Newspress

'SEA CHANGE'

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Sea change is defined as “a profound or notable transformation, substantial change in perspective, transformation after undergoing various trials or tragedies.”

Which is why Nicole Strasburg thought “Sea Change” would be the perfect title for her first solo exhibition in five years at the Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara, where she has been exhibiting for 17 years.

The paintings will be on view through Sept. 27.

NICOLE STRASBURG , Westward Ho!, 2021 for article in Lum Art Zine

SEA CHANGE: Nicole Strasburg

By Kit Boise-Cossart, Lum ArtZine

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

“This is my church, my heart,” Nicole Strasburg says of her painting studio, adding, “I’m not a very good plein-air painter, I have no focus for painting when I’m out in the open air.”  

Near the ocean, facing east to catch the morning sunrise, Strasburg and her husband have built a tidy freestanding studio. It’s small, yet big enough to fit a large wall for display, counters, storage, islands on rollers, easels and tons of inspiration – including the memories and sensations she brings in from the outside, plein-air world. 

NICOLE STRASBURG , Overpass Series No. 5, 2001 for PAPER TRAIL article in Santa Barbara Newspress

'PAPER TRAIL' at Sullivan Goss

By Dave Mason, Santa Barbara Newspress

AUGUST 19, 2021

Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery will present its latest exhibit, “Paper Trail: The Life Story of Great Works of Art,” Aug. 27-Oct. 25.

“Paper Trail” explores how art moves through the world and across time.

The exhibit will feature historical and modern works that have been made in important ateliers, owned by important art world figures, exhibited in museums and/or published in magazines or catalogs, according to a news release.

NICOLE STRASBURG , Westward Ho!, 2021 for article in Santa Barbara News Press

Sullivan Goss to Host "Sea Change" Exhibit

By Dave Mason, Santa Barbara Newspress

JULY 26, 2021

SANTA BARBARA — Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery has announced “Sea Change,” artist Nicole Strasburg’s first solo exhibit in five years.

The show is set for July 30 to Sept. 27 at the gallery, located at 11 E. Anapamu St.

The opening reception will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 during 1st Thursday.

“In the past few years, she has been avidly exploring new ways of approaching color, examining the sky, rendering clouds, and mapping the ocean in all of its many moods. The result is an exhibition full of the shape and wonder of Nature doing its thing,” the Santa Barbara gallery said in a news release.

MINGA OPAZO, Plenty, 2021 for article on "ORGANIC" in the Independent

'ORGANIC' at Sullivan Goss

By Charles Donelan, Independent

Beyond the standard art historical idea of a school or a movement lies the territory suggested by significant aesthetic trends that seemingly exceed conscious intention. ORGANIC, the current show at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, offers a snapshot of one such sprawling and manifold tendency in contemporary art. “Organic,” one of the 21st century’s most popular (and unreliable) words, refers in this case to the blurring of boundaries and the celebration of overlaps between art objects and the shapes and materials of the natural world. 

LYNDA WEINMAN, Curlzy Object, 2021 for Santa Barbara Newspress article

Lynda Weinman Rekindles Passion for Pottery

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

June 26, 2021

Now what?

Lynda Weinman never had to ask the question after she and her husband Bruce Heavin, sold their company, lynda.com, an online software training website, to Linkedin in 2015.

She knew exactly what she wanted to do.

“While I was in high school, I loved to spend all my spare time making pottery. So one of the first things I did was take a ceramics class at Adult Ed,” Ms. Weinman told the News-Press. “But I didn’t like it. It was too crowded. I couldn’t get the individual attention I needed.”

OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967), Molecular Study, 1965 for Art & Antiques Magazine article

Oskar Fischinger’s achievements as an abstract painter stem from his bold experiments as an avant-garde filmmaker.

By John Dorfman, Art & Antiques Magazine

June, 2021

The painter and filmmaker Oskar Fischinger has long been a well-kept secret of the midcentury Southern California modern-art scene—itself a rather well-kept secret of the American art world in general. The German-born artist, who was active in Los Angeles from the 1930s through the 1960s, made abstract paintings in the European “non-objective” tradition of Kandinsky, Klee, and Mondrian, but his greatest passion was for abstract film, a genre that he had a large part in inventing. 

HANK PITCHER, Shipwreck III, 2019 for LUM ART ZINE article by Kit Boisse Cossart on Hank PItcher

JUST NOW: Hank Pitcher at Sullivan Goss Gallery

By Kit Boise-Cossart, Lum ArtZine

MAY 21, 2021

Early morning, late summer, three painters scout for a coastal painting view. Several locations are considered. One of the painters, Hank Pitcher, chimes in with a smile: “I don’t care where it is so long as there’s water in it.” To beat the sunrise, they choose a pasture close by occupied by several large bulls. 

Water indeed. As a swimmer needs a pool, Hank Pitcher needs an ocean, as evidenced by recent paintings on view at Sullivan Goss Gallery.

HANK PITCHER, Lis Fish, 2020 for VOICE article

HANK PITCHER: Just Now

By Staff, VOICE Magazine

MAY 21, 2021

SUN KISSED SURFBOARDS AND SURFS-UP SUNRISES define and illuminate the California dream which is embodied in the paintings of Hank Pitcher, now on display at Sullivan Goss.  In at least his eleventh solo exhibit at the gallery, Pitcher focuses on the sense of "just now," perhaps a feeling many of us have experienced as time warped during a year of quiet and isolation brought on by social distancing.

PATRICK HALL & LYNDA WEINMAN, Collab #26, 2021 for article in the Indpendent

Patrick Hall and Lynda Weinman Ceramics 'Kindred Spirits' Exhibit at Sullivan Goss

By Josef Woodard, Independent

April 20, 2021

Kindred Spirits, on view at Sullivan Goss through May 24, is a  sculptural garden of earthly delights celebrating the collaborative ceramics made by Patrick Hall and Lynda Weinman. Each piece marries one of Hall’s elegant and symmetrical bases to a top section created by Weinman using computer-aided 3D modeling. While Hall’s vessels follow the venerable ceramic art tradition of vases and bowls, Weinman’s quirky contributions put a different spin on the idea, reimagining vessels that resemble the anatomical tubes that carry blood, or perhaps cephalopod tentacles, or even the stems of exotic plants.

PATRICK HALL & LYNDA WEINMAN, Collab #12, 2021 for VOICE article about MARIA RENDÓN: Rain and PATRICK HALL & LYNDA WEINMAN: Kindred Spirits

A Double Feature for our Mind's Eye

By Kerrie Methner, Mark Whitehurst, VOICE

APRIL 9, 2021

A NEW KIND OF WHEEL TURNS THE CLAY OF THESE ARTISTS, challenging the galaxy with the melding of new and ancient arts, as the parched earth opens its arms to Patrick Hall & Lynda Weinman: Kindred Spirits and Maria Rendón: Rain, two new exhibitions recently opened at Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery.

MARIA RENDÓN, Poppy, 2021 for article in Independent by Charles Donelan

Santa Barbara Arts District Galleries Ascendant

By Charles Donelan, Independent

APRIL 8, 2021

A funny thing happened on the way to the reopening of downtown Santa Barbara following the COVID-19 crisis. For years, if not decades, Santa Barbara artists have lamented the fact that, despite a preponderance of distinguished fine art collections in the city’s proliferation of lavish domestic spaces, collectors have — with few exceptions — tended to purchase their art elsewhere. Now it seems that, along with what has been described as a significant backlog of unfilled orders for new furniture, there is something of a rush to collect art through Santa Barbara galleries and, in many instances, by Santa Barbara artists.

Case in point: Maria Rendón’s solo debut show at Sullivan Goss Gallery, Rain, which opened on Thursday, April 1, is well on its way to an 80 or even a 90 percent sell-through rate, with the largest (and most expensive) works promised to buyers before they hit the gallery walls.

NIKI BYRNE, Dissent, 2020 for Independent article

‘Real Women’ and ‘Pattern Recognition’ at Sullivan Goss

By Charles Donelan, Independent

MARCH 18, 2021

As we count down the days until Santa Barbara reaches the red tier and museums open again, it’s a delight to relish the freedom to operate that pandemic quarantine rules have given to our city’s excellent art galleries. At Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, on Anapamu Street, visitors can catch two great shows featuring some of the top artists in our region, all of whom happen to be women. In the front room until March 22, there’s an exceptionally interesting show called Pattern Recognition that features three mid-career artists whose work takes decorative abstraction as a point of departure for innovative painting and printmaking. Although Julika Lackner’s geometric paintings bear a superficial relationship to mosaic and tile work, sustained attention reveals a sensibility rooted in the alchemy of texture and palette. The large, vertically oriented “Mountain of the Sun 8” from 2020 offers a spiritual vision that’s as uplifting as the chords of a gospel choir.

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