Poetry Reading with Jodie Hollander and John Ridland
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Reading with Jodie Hollander and John Ridland

Jodie Poetry Reading

On behalf of the Squire Foundation and Liverpool University Press, you are invited to Jodie Hollander’s readings of her debut poetry collection, My Dark Horses ($19.95 Liverpool University Press).

Jodie Hollander will read from My Dark Horses at the Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara on 25th January alongside fellow poet, John Ridland, who will read from his recent collections Epitome and Epiphany and Mountain Music.

RSVP to jana@thesquirefoundation.org for location and directions.

About Jodie Hollander

Jodie Hollander (a Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Alum) was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse in 2012. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015.

About John Ridland

John Ridland taught English literature and creative writing at UCSB from 1961 to 2005. He and his wife Muriel wrote And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child (MIT Press, 1975). An Epitome and Epiphany, based on that story, has been recently issued from the Dowitcher Press in Santa Barbara. Since retiring he has published two books of his own poems, Happy in an Ordinary Thing and Mountain Music, and one translation from Middle English (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) with another forthcoming, Pearl, by the same poet; and three books translated from the Hungarian poets Sándor Petöfi, Sándor Márai, and Miklós Radnóti, the latter two with Peter V. Czipott. For the Petöfi volume, John the Valiant, he was presented the Balassi Sword Award, and in 2017 he was named a Mid-Coast Literary Treasure.

From My Dark Horses

My Dark Horses

If only I were more like my dark horses,
I wouldn’t have to worry all the time
that I was running too little and resting too much.
I’d spend my hours grazing in the sunlight
and taking long naps in the vast pastures.
And when it was time to move along I’d know;
I’d spend some time with all those that I’d loved,
then disappear into a gathering of trees.

If only I were more like my dark horses,
I wouldn’t be so frightened of the storms;
instead, when the clouds began to gather and fill
I’d make my way calmly to the shed,
and stand close to all the other horses.
Together, we’d let the rain fall round us,
knowing as darkness passes overhead
that above all, this is the time to be still.

Jodie Hollander

Click here for more information on My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander.

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Giant Puppet Making Workshop with Thingumajig Theatre
to Feb 28

Giant Puppet Making Workshop with Thingumajig Theatre

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Feb: 17-19, 21-25, 27-28*
SBCAST, 513 Garden Street, Santa Barbara
(*Workshop exact dates and times TBD - check back soon!)

Thingumajig Theatre will lead a group of local artists through a two-week course teaching the fabrication of giant street puppets. Giant puppets take the captivating magic of puppets and expand them to work outside, on the streets and into fields. They create a focal point for a parade or a protest and they add spectacle and poetry to events. When created and performed with care, they can create the awe and openness necessary for an event or performance to transport the audience to another world.

In this 2-week giant puppet workshop, puppet maker and performer Thingumajig Theatre directors Andrew and Kathy Kim will lead a group of 6-14 local artists through all the stages of making giant street puppets. This will start from concept to design. We will will discuss different materials and the advantages and disadvantages of certain material choices. We will make scale drawings and research images, colors, designs. We will build armature where we can sculpt the clay heads. We will discuss sculpture techniques and what details makes an effective puppet. We will build body bases using bamboo, aluminum, nylon tubing and foam which is sculptural, strong but light. We will sculpt with foam to make hands, horns or other appendages. We will teach how to rig puppets so they have effective and ergonomic movement. We will make costumes and show how we make choices which are effective but also practical for a puppet which can last for years. We will share painting techniques which helps to bring the puppet to life. And finally we will work with the participants to teach giant puppet movement techniques which they will be able to carry with them to animate all type of puppets and masks. 

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1:00 PM13:00

Opening Reception for 70/70/70 Israeli Artists in Santa Barbara

The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara (Art@theJCC), SBCAST (Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science & Technology), and Gray Space Gallery are excited to announce the opening of a major group-exhibition of Israeli art in Santa Barbara, on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary/Independence Day of the State of Israel, which was formed on May 14, 1948. The exhibitions are graciously sponsored by The Squire Foundation.

70/70/70, Israeli Artists in Santa Barbara will introduce a total of 70-emerging, mid-career and established working artists in three different venues over the course of three months.

During the course of this multi-venue exhibition, lectures and artists talks will take place by various experts including, but not limited to, Israeli curator Sagi Refael. Dates, time and venues to be announced.

70/70/70 aims to expose the fascinating, innovative and less known scope of current artistic creations by Israeli artists. The exhibitions are initiated and curated by Sagi Refael, an Israeli art historian, author, curator and owner of Israeli Art in Los Angeles, and by  Lynn M. Holley, writer, resident curator at SBCAST and Art@theJCC, co-manager of Gray Space Gallery, and founder and director of the 3-Minute Film Festivals.


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Opening Fluidity of Gender: Sculptures
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Fluidity of Gender: Sculptures

Bold Quest 709 (with Wonder Woman Shadow)

Bold Quest 709 (with Wonder Woman Shadow)

In partnership with the Squire Foundation, SBCAST is proud to host The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, a traveling multi-media solo exhibition that has traveled to more than twenty-four museums and universities around the country.

513 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Exhibit on view March 8 - April 26 in Studio D and E

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CANCELED - Louis Landon Solo Piano Concert
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELED - Louis Landon Solo Piano Concert


This event has been CANCELED due to complications from the flooding/mudslides

Louis Landon is a composer, Steinway artist and pianist for peace. His career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry: classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov on national and international tours, Latin music with "Pucho and his Lain Soul Brothers" on national and international tours, pop music with Rupert "Pina Colada Song" Holmes on television and national tours, rock and roll with John Hall, opening for "Little Feat" on national tours. For the past 28 years, through his production company, Landon Music Company, he has written and produced music for film, video, and commercials, including three ears of "best plays" and bloopers" commercials for the National Basketball Association. He has released 26 albums/CD's; his latest, "Looking Beyond the Mirror" was released on December 25, 2017.

Louis Landon is currently working with three missions:
1. To create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing, music from the heart.
2. To inspire people to live joyously and passionately.
3. To awaken and to assist people in healing themselves through music and mentoring.

For more information, check the Louis Landon official website: http://www.louislandon.com/
You can create a Louis Landon Pandora station and you can listen to Louis Landon on Spotify.

Refreshments and wine will be served.

The Squire Foundation is located near the 101 and the 154. Address on tickets. Tickets available here:

No official dress code. Casual, comfortable and creative. ;-)

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5:00 PM17:00


  • 927 State Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States (map)
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Special free event for First Thursday: artists painting in a pop-up storefront art studio. Watch through the windows or mingle with professional artists as they create masterpieces in one night of frenetic painting. This is a rare opportunity to observe the magic that becomes a great painting as these artists navigate the complexities of creating large-scale works. Works will be on view through Saturday 11/4. Hosted by Silo118 and the Squire Foundation.

927 State Street
5:00 PM

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6:00 PM18:00

Writers Salon/Parlor Gathering

It's time again for our Parlor/Salon.  Please come on Wednesday, June 14 same time,same place: 6pm Squire House 4515 Via Maria, Santa Barbara, Ca.  We had such a wonderful time at the last one and a reminder that our clay totems have been fired and are ready to be collected by their owners to finish.  Thanks to Kat and Jim.   We're pleased to announce they will be conducting clay classes at the Temple--more info at our event.

Erin Graffy, an award wining writer will be hosting this time.  She has a multi-faceted writing career, is well known for her Santa Barbara stories as well as a public relations specialist, business/technical writer, social commentary columnist, ghost writer, poet, biographer, and history writer.  She will be talking on her career as well as her new proposal of teaching Legacy Memoirs in the future.  We're lucky and proud to  have her speak on this important subject.  Every life lived has something to contribute to future lives.  Especially now!

A reminder that this is a potluck.  We appreciate and love your varied offerings of food and beverage.  It's been great the variety of 'noshes' you all bring to the table.  Good food, good drink and good company is the hallmark of our Salon.  We aim to bring together all manner of artists to engage like the 'old days' to spark the passion of art.

Please RSVP to SquireSalon@gmail.com.  And, a reminder to park in the cul-de-sac above our venue.

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6:00 PM18:00

Writers Salon/Parlor Gathering

It's time again for the Squire Salon/Parlor Gathering to be held Wednesday, May 10, 6pm at the Squire House located.  4515 Via Maria, in the beautiful Santa Barbara foothills.

We are pleased to announce the main attraction will be hosted by two outstanding artists: Kat Martin and Jim Sarno.  They will be talking about their new venture: Shangri-La Ceramics and will show pieces of their art as well as describing the process of creating from clay special heirloom pieces and ordinary useful items.  We're excited to introduce you all to another aspect of artful expression.

Jim has a storied career through his multi-faceted art designs from amusement park ride designer, set and costume builder and character sculptor.  He's worked for Disney as an Imagineer but his passion is always sparking childhood wonder in his creations.  We're lucky to have him join our gathering.

Kat is a multimedia artist, her paintings are currently featured in Hospice of Santa Barbara Art Gallery and recently studied under Peter Bradley, the noted African-American artist.  She's had a 32 year career of designing, teaching and directing art leadership and enrichment programs for children and teens.  Color on canvas is her passion.  Also, lucky we are to feature her newest venture.

A reminder that parking at the venue is difficult so please plan to carpool or park in the Via Maria cul-de-sac.  Take full advantage of the walk through the sculpture garden upon entering.  Also, this is a potluck special so be creative in your food and beverage offerings.

Please RSVP to SquireSalon@gmail.com

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