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Angela Perko at her home studio | Photo: Ingrid Bostrom

Blended Books and Art

By Indy Staff, Independent

FEBRUARY 6, 2024

Angela Perko is a self-taught painter here in Santa Barbara. Angela and her husband own a rare bookstore, and she credits the exposure to art books for sparking her interest in painting.

Artist Whitney Brooks Abbott | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Capturing Carpinteria

By Roger Durling, Independent

FEBRUARY 1, 2024

Driving through the Carpinteria Valley to meet esteemed painter Whitney Brooks Abbott, I notice the abandoned greenhouses on the roadside near her house. They stand there in a ghostly manner, both worn out and defiant, surrounded by the beauty of the natural landscape. Not surprisingly, when I walk in Whitney’s studio, I see “Field Notes,” the main work of her first solo show at Sullivan Goss in five years — a painting of the greenhouses.

NATHAN HUFF, Arranging Stars, 2023 for NATHAN HUFF review in VOICE

Climbing into Nathan Huff's Forest for the Trees

By Kerry Methner, VOICE

NOVEMBER 10, 2023

WITH A VISUAL LANGUAGE ALL ITS OWN, Nathan Huff’s third solo exhibition at Sullivan Goss is now open. Many will remember the ladders, small boats, and oaks that populated his earlier works. They return again, though subtly changed, evoking even more clearly earthly transience and a pull to the ethereal realms.

WOSENE: Beyond Words Cover for Art & Antiques article

Beyond Words

By Staff, Art & Antiques

SEPTEMBER 1, 2023

A new book has just been published on the art and life of artist Wosene Worke Kosrof called WOSENE: Beyond Words.

NICOLE STRASBURG , You're Swell, 2023

By the Sea, Out of Mind at Sullivan Goss in Santa Barbara

By Josef Woodard, Independent

August 24, 2023

Making my way in to see Nicole Strasburg’s new Sullivan Goss exhibition Surfacing, diverse enticements were there to behold in this spatially generous, three-gallery-deep art space. This summer’s triple play of shows includes Holli Harmon’s intriguingly multifaceted To Feast on Clouds and the seasonal group show spritzer dubbed Summer Fling in the large middle space, including colorful, eye-buzzing works by Penelope Gottlieb, Robert Townsend, and one of Hank Pitcher’s fetching surfboard “portraits.”

By association, Strasburg’s conceptually elastic variations on seascape paintings should also qualify as summery fare. And yet these seaside scenarios, taken individually and as a variegated and integrated ensemble, can take on introspective and artistically adventurous sub-turns, far from the realm of idle beachgoer’s escapism.

1815 Laguna | Credit: Betsy J. Green

An Artist's Home with Exotic Details

By Betsy J. Green, Independent

AUGUST 10, 2023

I love to write about artists’ homes. They are never ordinary. This home is no exception. It was built by landscape artist Lockwood de Forest, with help from his son-in-law, architect Winsor Soule. There are numerous examples of de Forest’s paintings in Santa Barbara at the Sullivan Goss Gallery, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and will also be in the future Chrisman California Islands Center in Carpinteria.

HOLLI HARMON, August Hath 31 Days, 2023

Expressions of Hope & Joy

By Isaac Hernandez de Lipa, Voice

AUGUST 4, 2023

TWELVE GOUACHE PAINTINGS ON FABRIANO WATERCOLOR PAPER may be Holli Harmon’s crown jewel. Each one features a month of the year reproduced from an 1866 Farmer’s Almanac, when hand labor began to be replaced with machine farming. Each piece, inspired by her sketchbook, represents a month of the year at the Jalama Canyon Ranch, floating over deep blue cyanotype prints made using autochthonous vegetation.

NICOLE STRASBURG, Pulchra Mysterium - Beautiful Mystery Triptych, 2023 for SBSiteline mention

Two Shows open July 28 at Sullivan Goss

By Erik Torkells, Sitelinesb.com

JULY 24, 2023

Two shows open July 28 at Sullivan Goss: 1) Holli Harmon’s To Feast on Clouds: “An impressive group of 89 paintings of clouds rendered onto vintage tableware will take over the walls of one of the gallery’s spaces. The accumulation of clouds from sunny to stormy and everything in between creates a conversation about water, where it comes from and how it works in relation to the food we grow that eventually ends up on our tables.”

Nicole Strasburg’s Surfacing: “Long associated with 12 x 12 inch paintings on birch panels that seem to float away from the white walls of the gallery, the artist has, in the last two years, adopted a slightly larger square format of 14 x 14 inch panels with beautifully-finished wood sides. Impressive suites of paintings in both formats can be seen and purchased in this special exhibition. They will be joined by a focused presentation of larger paintings that revel in the endless forms and colors offered by those places where ocean, sky, and land meet.”

New York Times photo of 36 Hours: Santa Barbara

36 Hours: Santa Barbara

By Freda Moon, New York Times

JULY 13, 2023

Santa Barbara, with fewer than 90,000 people, barely makes it into California’s 100 largest cities. But this coastal enclave has an outsize role in the state’s history.

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...[H]ead a couple blocks north on Anacapa Street to Sullivan Goss, a private three-room gallery around the corner from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where pieces can cost as much as a home down payment and the collection leans heavily on evocative portrayals of the American West. Catch the current exhibition by the Santa Barbara-based artist Robin Gowen, called “Last Shadow & First Light” (through July 24), of large-format paintings of Central California’s distinctive landscapes.

NATHAN HUFF, Gathering, 2023 for LOTUSLAND x SULLIVAN GOSS: Where the Wild Things Grow review in VOICE

You Can't Spell Lotusland without "S-o-u-l"

By Isaac Hernandez, VOICE

JULY 7, 2023

IF THE JOB OF THE ARTIST IS TO REVEAL NEW EXPERIENCES, the exhibition Where the Wild Things Grow has succeeded. Even if you've been to the magnificent Ganna Walska Lotusland gardens, you'll see the place anew thanks to 28 different artists who have transferred their Lotusland experience onto paper, sculpture, and paintings. If you listen carefully, you can hear the plants talk.

LYNDA WEINMAN , Flora Serpent Centerpiece, 2023 for KEYT piece on the LOTUSLAND x SULLIVAN GOSS: Where the Wild Things Grow

Public invited to Sullivan Goss X Lotusland Art Reception in Santa Barbara

By Patricia Martellotti, KEYT

JULY 7, 2023

The community will have a chance to meet local artists while also supporting Lotusland at the same time in Santa Barbara on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Sullivan Goss Art Gallery in Santa Barbara is excited to collaborate with Lotusland in Montecito.

Opening at Sullivan Goss...

Opening at Sullivan Goss...

BY ERIK TORKELLS, Sitelinesb.com

Opening May 26 at Sullivan Goss: a solo exhibit by Robin Gowen. “Last Shadow & First Light is an expansive overview of Robin’s enduring relationship to the landscape of the central coast. While she is adept at painting still life, figures, and architecture, the paintings in this exhibition celebrate her deep knowledge of the unpeopled places she visits regularly. Meditations on vast expanses of rolling hills along with native oak and sycamore trees are the main compositional elements.” Below: “Bitterwater Creek Cattle.”

BETTY LANE (1907-1996), Charlie with Beer, 1983 for Santa Barbara Newspress article

Art Exhibit Features Grandmother and Grandson

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

MARCH 28, 2023

She was born in Washington, D.C., in 1907 to a military family of high standing. He was born in L.A. in 1968 to a Hollywood family of note.

East Coast, West Coast. Modern, contemporary. Grandmother, grandson.

Betty Lane, an artist first and foremost, but a diarist, too. Christopher Noxon, a writer first, but then an illustrator and now a painter.

CHRISTOPHER NOXON , Meditation Mount, 2023 for Sitelinesb.com article

Odds & Ends

By Erik Torkells, Sitelinesb.com

MARCH 27, 2023

Opening March 31 at Sullivan Goss: paintings by two artists, Betty Lane and Christopher Noxon (whose studio was a highlight of last fall’s Ojai Studio Artists tour). Below: Noxon’s “Meditation Mount.”

BETTY LANE (1907-1996), Untitled (A Tree in the Forest), 1941 for SURREAL WOMEN article in Arts & Antiques

SURREAL WOMEN

By Staff, Art & Antiques

MARCH, 2023

Through April 24th, Sullivan Goss will show Surreal Women as a companion exhibition to its REAL WOMEN: Realist Art by American Women exhibition of 2021. The exhibition embraces intuition, bypassing the intellectual constructs of Breton’s infamous manifesto to go straight for the heart. 

PAUSHA FOLEY, The Watcher, 2022 for SURREAL WOMEN article in VOICE

SURREALISM: Departure from Reality

By Lynn Moss Holley in VOICE

MARCH 10, 2023

HONORING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH and paying tribute to women who joined the Surrealist Movement that began in France entered the America in the 1920s, Sullivan Goss curators Susan Bush and Jeremy Tessmer chose fifteen contemporary women artists for Surreal Women, on view through April 24th.

Sandi Nicholson, Amie Raney, Savanna Jani, and Jill Jani with Lanny Raney (left) and Jeff Jani standing (photo by Priscilla)

A Helen Believe Bash

By Richard Mineards, Montecito Journal

MARCH 7, 2023

Montecito dynamic duo Bill and Sandi Nicholson co-hosted a boffo bash at the Sullivan Goss Gallery for a new feature documentary, Helen Believe, which debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Art of Playing with Technology: Lynda Weinman at Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery ‘Lynda.com’ Founder Discusses Her Creative Evolution

The Art of Playing with Technology: Lynda Weinman at Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery ‘Lynda.com’ Founder Discusses Her Creative Evolution

By David Starkey, Independent

FEBUARY 6, 2023

It’s always fascinating to see how creative people evolve and continue to create in different ways throughout their lives. Lynda Weinman was an early pioneer in computer and web graphics who went on to cofound (with her husband, Bruce Heavin) Lynda.com, one of the first online educational enterprises to teach digital tools and skills. They sold the company to LinkedIn in 2015, and Weinman began to pursue an interest in ceramics. She discovered 3D clay printing in 2020, and today she is one of its foremost pioneers, working fluently with geometric and parametric forms. Her 3D-printed ceramic and plastic sculptures are currently on view at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery.

Photograph of PATRICIA CHIDLAW by Ingrid Bostrom

Reel Meets Realism

By Roger Durling, Independent

FEBRUARY 2, 2023

“Crop the bottom!” said the comment on Instagram about Patricia Chidlaw’s painting for the 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival poster. It was a reaction that we expected. But it is the bottom half of the piece (which showcases a parking lot with cars stationed against a wall) that elevates the work to the sublime.

“To be sure, Patricia’s work beautifully captures environments while not editing out the visual noise of power lines, graffiti, and disrepair,” says David B. Walker, CEO of the Nevada Museum of Art, where Chidlaw had a major exhibit in 2014. “These elements play antagonist roles in her eloquent compositions.”

LYNDA WEINMAN, Hilbert Noodle Table, 2021-2022

New Forms for Natural Subjects

By Ricky Barajas, VOICE

FEBRUARY 2, 2023

AS TECHNOLOGY GROWS AND IMPACTS THE WORLD AROUND US, people turn to the natural world for reprieve and inspiration. Regenerate, the latest exhibition at Sullivan Goss, is bursting with figures that reference but also morph natural figures, shaping them into something are as familiar as they are unrecognizable. Featuring the artworks of J. Bradley Greer and local artist and SBIFF Board of Directors President Lynda Weinman, Regenerate asks viewers to consider their position in between nature and technology and if these things are as far apart from each other as one might initially believe.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival set to bring in stars and an economic stimulus

Santa Barbara International Film Festival set to bring in stars and an economic stimulus

By John Palminteri, KEYT

JANUARY 18, 2023

Just in front of the 2023 Academy Awards, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is bringing some of the industry's top stars for a multi-day event of films and tributes. SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling says in its 38th year, the festival will have 52 world premieres, 79 U.S. premiers and 43 countries will be represented. The festival runs from February 8 to 18. The date has moved in recent years to stay close to the Oscar nominations and awards ceremony. Durling enthusiastically talked about the event as he unveiled the poster from acclaimed local artist Patricia Chidlaw inside the Sullivan and Goss art gallery in downtown Santa Barbara.

38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival poster image with painting by PATRICIA CHIDLAW

FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2023 POSTER AND PROGRAM

By Cherish, EDHAT

JANUARY 18, 2023

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) has unveiled its poster and programming for this year's festival set to kick off on February 8.

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A press conference was held at the Sullivan Goss art gallery on Wednesday morning where Santa Barbara artist Patricia Chidlaw was announced as the creator of this year's poster.

EDGAR EWING (1913-2006), Spanish Saddle (Rose Parade Series), 1955

Turning Eyes to the Sky

By Ricky Barajas, VOICE

January 6, 2023

From "Dude" to "Dude" - cultural stereotypes live on in new images. The land of the West is just as captivating as the figures who used to roam it. Where there once cowboys blazing the trail of Manifest Destiny, we now have surfers who keep their gaze fixed on the horizon, waiting for their opportunity to work with the ocean around them.

WERNER DREWES (1899-1985), Storm Clouds (a.k.a. White Storm Cloud), 1977

American West exhibit to grace Santa Barbara gallery

By Dave Mason, Santa Barbara Newspress

January 5, 2023

Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery is presenting “The Search for the Modern West” as its first exhibit for 2023.

The exhibit features paintings, sculptures and prints that address the mythology, history and real life experiences of the American West. 

JOSEPH GOLDYNE, Waterfall Drawing 14, 2021-22 for Santa Barbara Newspress article

'Imaginary Falls'

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

NOVEMBER 26, 2022

“Imaginary Falls in Charcoal, Ink and Oil,” a solo exhibition by Joseph Goldyne, is on view through Dec. 26 at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara.

“Mr. Goldyne is a well-regarded and widely-collected print maker, but these imaginary waterfalls are all unique works executed with neither press nor plate,”  said Jeremy Tessmer, gallery curator and director. “Instead, the plurality of works in the exhibition represent the artist’s first efforts in charcoal presented in context with three paintings in oil and india ink.”

JOSEPH GOLDYNE, Waterfall Drawing 15, 2022 for article in Art & Antiques Magazine

SANTA BARBARA SUBLIME

By Staff, Art & Antiques

NOVEMBER, 2022

On Thursday, November 3rd, Natalie Arnoldi and Joseph Goldyne will share a space at Sullivan Goss gallery in Santa Barbara, California. Their complimentary solo exhibitions of paintings and drawings of the natural world promise a contemporary view of the sublime. 

 

WOSENE WORKE KOSROF, The Inventor V, 2022 for article about the artist in VOICE

WOSENE WORKE KOSROF riffs on life in Beyond Words

By Kerrie Methner, VOICE

SEPTEMBER 8, 2022

NUANCED, tantalizing, messy… reflecting the accretion and assimilation of a lifetime of rich experience, the 16 canvases that make up Beyond Words at Sullivan Goss speak volumes about the fullness of the years Wosene Worke Kosrof has lived. From his birth in 1950 and early years in Ethiopia, to his immigration to the United States in 1978, to his relocation to California in 1991, Kosrof has traveled, savoring experiences, and exploring new worlds as they opened to him.

ANGELA PERKO, Cats Cradle, 2021 for ANGELA PERKO: The Place of Hidden Things article in Santa Barbara Newspress by Marilyn McMahon

Hidden Things

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

AUGUST 13, 2022

In her newest body of work, Angela Perko continues to weave mytho-historical themes and iconography together with brilliant color and intricate design.

The artist’s recurring interest in how women are represented is rendered especially vivid in 10-by-10 inch oil paintings showcasing a female fertility figure from a different historical culture. A few of these are from the ancient Mexican village of Tlatilco (1200 to 200 BC), which means “The Place of Hidden Things.” And that’s the title of Ms. Perko’s ninth exhibition on view through Sept. 26 at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery.

 

ANGELA PERKO: The Place of Hidden Things installation photograph in the Santa Barbara Independent, Photo Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

The Fertile Images of Angela Perko: Now on View in Sullivan Goss Gallery

By Roger Durling, Independent

AUGUST 11, 2022

Art’s responsibility has always been to interpret experiences during trying times; it’s a worthy vessel for our collective remembrances, as well as our trauma. Could there be a more prescient and urgent display of artistic expression in Santa Barbara than Angela Perko’s current show at Sullivan Goss Gallery, The Place of Hidden Things? I doubt it.

ANGELA PERKO, Tlatilco I, 1000-800 BC, 2021

Immortal Femmes

By Lorie Porter, Santa Barbara Magzine (online)

Angela Perko is fascinated by precious objects, and her recent series of paintings focuses on ancient female fertility figures. Perko’s paintings are always packed with quiet symbolism and deep layers of meaning; and while her new works acknowledge that women have been constantly reproduced as objects over time—from Paleolithic venus figurines to plastic Barbie dolls—the females showcased here were revered as powerful fertility symbols.

LESLIE LEWIS SIGLER , The Potluck, 2022 for "Potluck" article in Santa Barbara Newspress review written by Marilyn McMahon

'Potluck' - Heirloom silver portraits celebrate life with families, friends

By Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara Newspress

July 3, 2022

“Potluck” is the unusual name Leslie Lewis Sigler has chosen for her second solo exhibition that opened Friday at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, in downtown Santa Barbara.

Unusual because it features the contemporary artist’s signature portraits of heirloom silverware instead of casserole dishes overflowing with comfort food.

“Potluck is a celebration of life. The work is rooted in family and connecting to one another,” Ms. Sigler told the News-Press. “This body of work grew out of my longing to gather with friends and family during the dark, isolated days of the pandemic. Historically, my portraits have been singular objects, pictured and posed like an old master’s portrait. When I experimented with pairing the objects together and joining them in groups, the compositions began to symbolize joyful gatherings around crowded tables.

 

LESLIE LEWIS SIGLER, The Potluck, 2022

Odds & Ends

By Erik Torkells, Sitelinesb.com

JUNE 27, 2022

Potluck, paintings by Leslie Lewis Sigler, opens July 1 at Sullivan Goss: “This exhibition will feature the artist’s signature portraits of heirloom silverware—giving personality and identity to otherwise inanimate objects with refined detail. The majority of this body of work deviates from the iconic solo portraits that were so prominently featured in previous exhibitions, and encompasses instead group portraits that speak to gatherings of friends and families.”

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.

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