SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Grand Arch at the landmark Santa Barbara County Courthouse entrance is in need of restoration, and artists are selling their works to help raise funds.
An online art sale benefits the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation.
The nonprofit says, any artwork sold will be split 50/50 with 50% going to the artist and 50% to the Courthouse Legacy Foundation.
Over the years, the foundation says “the magnificent Santa Barbara Courthouse has been deteriorating from age, environment and public use.”
The County of Santa Barbara is responsible for the general maintenance of the Courthouse, but does not have the artistic resources or funds to authentically restore this magnificent structure.
The role of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation is to find the funding and expertise to implement preservation activities at the Courthouse that the County cannot continue.
“The sale will be court paintings in oil, watercolour, pastel and acrylic as well as photographs of the exterior and interior of the beloved building,” say the foundations.
Angelique Davis with the Courthouse Legacy Foundation says, “it’s a magnificent structure. It’s an icon of Santa Barbara. It’s a beautiful, grand building for sure.”
Artists participating in the art sale include: Kris Buck, Chris Chapman James Chen, Rick Delanty, Camille Dellar, Marco Diazl, Ellie Freudenstein, Rick Garcia, Tammy Guerin, Derek Harrison, Wyllis Heaton, Tom Henderson, Annie Hoffman, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Irene Kovalik, Bill Mahan, Craig Nelson, Ken Pfeiffer, Richard Schloss, Ann Shelton Beth, Garrett Spiers, Fred Sweeney, Terri Tabor, Thomas Van Stein and Ralph Waterhouse.
All paintings are original and hand painted by California artists.
The Anacapa St. side of the building has been cleaned, but the side facing the Sunken Gardens needs to be cleaned and restored. Some of them have black marks. “I think there’s pollution, there’s biological growth, bird droppings and it needs to be cleaned up. It needs to be done in a way that’s consistent with a national historic landmark,” Davis said.
Having a piece of art with the courthouse image is often a conversation piece at home or work.
Davis says, “I believe everyone should own a piece of art that depicts the courthouse. What better thing to have on your wall if you live in Santa Barbara or someone who was married here, you can give as a gift.”
A private wine reception to honor and meet the artists and for buyers to collect their artwork will be held at the Courthouse following the exhibition and sale.
The Courthouse Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation, restoration, enhancement and educational legacy of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. For more information go to: https://paybee.io/quickpay.html?handle=sbclf&ppid=1#optionList