Spring Gala to Support SBCC
By Zach Rosen   |   May 24, 2022

You know, when I spend time with our students, I never give it a second thought that the world’s going to be a better place,” says Kindred Murillo, the interim President and Superintendent of Santa Barbara City College, in an inspired tone during our conversation. “When you talk with our students, they’re concerned about sustainability; […]

Feeling Your Own Home
By Zach Rosen   |   May 10, 2022

We are always curating our environment to fit our feelings and lifestyle. Just as we put on music to match a mood, we select the colors, materials, and objects of our home to pair with how we want to feel there. Or as Aimee Miller of Home Crush puts it, “Design your life.”  Home Crush […]

Drivers and Navigators Rally for a Cause
By Zach Rosen   |   May 10, 2022

“And remember… It’s a Rally – not a Race.” The statement was met with general merriment from the crowd of drivers and navigators meeting in Hope Ranch the night before the Rally 4 Kids was to be held. As the meeting continued, Michael Baker, CEO of the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara […]

Arctic Locale: Local Residents Travel FAR South to Bring Back Lessons and Stories 
By Zach Rosen   |   April 21, 2022

Think globally, act locally. It is a phrase often used in regard to the environment, especially on Earth Day. But sometimes, to really know how to think globally, it helps to get out into the globe. Traveling to other parts of the world helps us understand the interconnectivity of our world communities and the impact […]

The Illustrious Artworks of Michael Drury
By Zach Rosen   |   April 7, 2022

In his upcoming exhibit, Far and Near, at the Santa Barbara Fine Art Gallery, Michael Drury explores the illustrious landscapes of California, Nevada, and Ireland, immersing the viewer in these locations with his distinctive style of plein air painting. While this exhibit captures vistas far and near, Drury got his start in painting more near […]

MBT Gives Back
By Zach Rosen   |   March 29, 2022

Philanthropy and giving back to the community has been a part of the Montecito Bank & Trust ethos since opening on March 17, 1975. Over the years Montecito Bank & Trust (MBT) has grown from its simple beginnings into a much larger operation, with over 250 associates under its roof. MBT continues to give back […]

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Brings World-Class Treatment to Our Community
By Zach Rosen   |   March 29, 2022

Virtually everyone knows someone who has had, or is being treated for, cancer. This disease has become a prevalent threat in our everyday lives. For those who have been around the treatment process, it can be a scary and challenging time for both the individual and their loved ones. At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, the entire […]

Dream Design: A Lifetime of Dreams, Design, and Serious Play
By Zach Rosen   |   March 15, 2022

Chase your dreams. It all too often is considered just the ideals of naive dreamers, but for Larry Vigon it has led to a lifelong career designing album covers, posters, and other artworks, including Carl Jung’s The Red Book. His commercial design has had a significant cultural impact but his personal artwork – drifting somewhere […]

Leaving a Legacy at the Library
By Zach Rosen   |   February 15, 2022

The magic of the printed word is its lasting legacy. Books help preserve the wisdom of the past for the future, and if that is the case, then libraries can conjure all kinds of enduring impressions with the collective knowledge they contain. Of course, public libraries are more than just a collection of books – […]

Building a Regenerative Community on the Jalama Canyon Ranch
By Zach Rosen   |   January 18, 2022

Regenerative agriculture incorporates a variety of pre-modern farming techniques like no-till farming and intensive grazing to help revitalize the surrounding ecology, increase biodiversity, and counteract climate change through carbon sequestration, among many other benefits. While these practices have a noticeable impact on the land, there is still a need for more educational programs and formal […]

Stacy Shymansky: Bringing Life and Longevity to Plant Medicine
By Zach Rosen   |   November 22, 2021

The medical benefits of the cannabinoids such as CBD continue to develop as doctors and researchers study the chemistry and medicinal applications of the cannabis plant. For Stacy Shymansky — a Certified Medical Cannabis Expert, consultant, and world-renowned speaker on cannabinoid treatments — it was through her own path of healing that she discovered a […]

Bringing Mermaids to Life
By Zach Rosen   |   November 22, 2021

The wild and mysterious ocean has inspired stories of mythical creatures for millennia, but the image of the mermaid remains one of the most popular and iconic throughout time. From the Assyrian goddess Atargatis to the explorers of the new world, mermaids make up the dreams, tales, and deities of many cultures. These fantasies have […]

The Growing Branches of Lucidity
By Zach Rosen   |   November 22, 2021

While the past two years have been unkind to so many, live event producers have faced unprecedented challenges. The core concept of their craft has been at stake, with countless live events being cancelled. This was very true for Lucidity Festival, which was only a month or so out when the shutdown occurred. The Lucidity […]

Celebrating the Season of Winter Ales
By Zach Rosen   |   November 22, 2021

‘Tis the season for seasonal beers. Between Oktoberfest and Christmas beers, this season has many beers that are only available at this time of year. Whether you are bringing beer to a holiday party or grabbing a gift for the beerdoe in your life, these warming brews simply fit the foods and moods of the […]

The Community Arts Workshop is Ready to Hang
By Zach Rosen   |   November 22, 2021

Whether it’s for a holiday gift or just something for yourself, the upcoming show, Ready to Hang, will have what you are looking for. This one-day pop-up art show will be held at the Community Arts Workshop (631 Garden St.) on Saturday, November 20, from 4-7 pm. The event is organized by Santa Barbara-based artist […]

Richard Schloss: A Lifetime of Painting the Light
By Zach Rosen   |   November 9, 2021

Everyone has a unique perspective and sees the world a little differently. This always becomes apparent when looking at landscape paintings where two artists will represent the same scene in completely different ways. Some artists may focus on how color captures the movement of nature. Others may emphasize the organic forms that are found outdoors. […]

Merso Labs Helping both Farmers and Consumers
By Zach Rosen   |   September 9, 2021

Liquor and alcohol may have a lot of laws and regulations around it, but it pales in comparison to the control, testing, and regulation of cannabis. The Bureau of Cannabis Control helps oversee this process within the industry. Purchasing recreational cannabis has its own tasks, but growers must go through an even more rigorous process. […]

It’s Crystal Clear: Maria Constanza Ferreira Has a Special Skill
By Zach Rosen   |   September 9, 2021

Much like how an interest can form and spread, a crystal begins from a seed point and grows from there. For Maria Constanza Ferreira, her interest in crystallography and animation has led to her own life growth with her award-winning films and artworks being displayed around the world. Maria has had a deep fascination for […]

Oktoberfest is on Time
By Zach Rosen   |   September 9, 2021

Despite the name, Oktoberfest begins in September each year in Munich. The event traditionally takes place for two weeks, with the end of the festival aligning with the first weekend of October. What began as a royal wedding party in Bavaria during the 19th century has become an international celebration each year with countless events […]

Live Music at SOhO is Baaaaack
By Zach Rosen   |   September 9, 2021

The return of live music has been one of the most anticipated events during these rough times. For many around the area, going to see a live show at SOhO was one of the most sorely missed experiences through the quarantine. While the Santa Barbara Bowl makes for a memorable outing, many locals have countless […]

Hidden City Studios Bringing Acoustical Magic to the Community
By Zach Rosen   |   September 9, 2021

For the music we hear, the actual songwriting and playing is only the beginning of the process. The production and mastering of a track can really polish the piece and give it a distinctive style. It is the subtle changes that occur in the studio where magic can be added to the finished piece. Many […]

With a Little Bit of Help, Building ‘Solid Foundations’ in the Community
By Zach Rosen   |   August 12, 2021

Owning a business or being self-employed requires a great deal of self-motivation and discipline. Fitness and martial arts demand similar traits, and it was the lessons learned through his own fitness regimen that led Gilbert Regalado II to establish the new nonprofit Solid Foundations, a series of classes that teach young kids life skills and […]

Keeping Odd Animals
By Zach Rosen   |   August 5, 2021

The pets we keep are an extension of our personalities. Dog people are often distinct personality types from cat people and when you get into reptiles, fish, and other exotic pets, it says even more about the owner. At Odd Animal Corals & Critters, unique pets are their business. Odd Animals was opened by fellow […]

Creative Characters: An Ode to Pop Culture
By Zach Rosen   |   August 5, 2021

Tom Sanford is one of the featured artists from the visiting gallery, Gitler&__, that is presenting a series of shows at REH GraySpace Art in the Funk Zone. His gripping range of acrylic paintings are done with a colorful animated style reminiscent of Mad Magazine that pulls from his childhood love for comic books. He […]

A Wellfounded Farm
By Zach Rosen   |   August 5, 2021

Over the years, cannabis has become acknowledged for its medicinal properties. Both of the common cannabinoids found in the plant, THC and CBD, are widely recognized for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities, among other health benefits. For Sara Rotman of Wellfounded Botanicals, the health benefits of cannabis were truly life changing and she has put […]

A Wylde Ride Through Life
By Zach Rosen   |   August 5, 2021

Like a meandering bee, life doesn’t always take a straight path. For Dylan Wylde of Wylde Works, his indirect path is intended, spending his life not just stopping and smelling the flowers, but also collect their pollen. Open since 2010, Wylde Works is known in the area for its raw honey and meads and other […]

Going abroad with Gitler & ___
By Zach Rosen   |   August 5, 2021

After so many have been isolated in our homes for the past year and a half, quite a few of us are feeling like we need some time away from home. That was just the feeling that Avi Gitler of Gitler &_____ in New York City had coming out of the pandemic. He had previously […]

A Network of Art and Tech at CATLab’s Art | Tech Nights
By Zach Rosen   |   July 29, 2021

There is a technical process inherent in both art and business. While these two industries may seem at odds, innovative tech companies and businesses will be run with an artistic flair, and successful artists often understand the business side of their process. With their upcoming weekly Art | Tech Nights (July 22 – August 12), […]

Sharing the Love of Jewelry at Peregrine Galleries
By Zach Rosen   |   July 29, 2021

For nearly 40 years, Marlene Vitanza and her late husband, Jim, have been bringing together a unique blend of paintings, jewelry, and ethnographic arts at their local establishment, Peregrine Galleries. They had a shop in Santa Barbara about 10 years prior to opening Peregrine Galleries on Coast Village Road in 1984. Their first gallery had […]

Raab Writing Fellows Develop Writing Skills as a Form of Personal Discovery
By Zach Rosen   |   July 22, 2021

Writing is oftentimes a multidisciplinary creative process, combining the mechanics of English with one’s understanding of the subject matter. Since 2017, the Raab Writing Fellows Program at UCSB has been giving students the opportunity to express their range of interests and explore the multidisciplinary skills that writing requires. Supported by author and educator Diana Raab, […]

John Comer: Bringing Light to the Land
By Zach Rosen   |   July 8, 2021

Part of the mystique of nature is revisiting an area at different times of year, or even just different times of the day. The scenery is always familiar yet ever changing as the light, weather, and seasons impart their effect on the view. Longtime landscape painter John Comer has been capturing these subtle changes of […]

A Gift to the Community: SBCC Foundation Receives $20 Million Donation
By Zach Rosen   |   July 1, 2021

It was recently announced that Santa Barbara City College and the SBCC Foundation will receive a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott. This gift is one of 276 donations to universities and community colleges that total to $2.7 billion and marks the largest gift in the 112-year history of SBCC. The donation was made directly […]

Riding Life’s Waves: Gail Steinbeck Continues to Innovate
By Zach Rosen   |   June 17, 2021

The course of life can be as wild and unpredictable as crashing waves. Yet, with a little curiosity, practice, and a touch of tenacity, one can weather the waves, surfing on top of their crest as you face the flow of life.  For Gail Steinbeck, she has been surfing the waves of life since she […]

Living Life to the Fullest: Ron Glover Has Plenty of Stories to Tell
By Zach Rosen   |   June 10, 2021

We all know those people who seemed to have lived five lives in their lifetime. Listening to their stories, it can be hard to figure out how they fit all of those experiences into one life. The local art and creative community have quite a few of these types but one in particular, Ron Glover, […]

It’s in Her Blood: Vicki Riskin Navigates Hollywood With Her Pen
By Zach Rosen   |   June 3, 2021

As a writer, you never really know what you are writing until, well, it’s written. Much like life, writing can take you in unexpected directions, but the touch of a great writer will always bring you back. Surrounded by writing her entire life, Victoria Riskin (known as Vicki to most) has been penning her own […]

The Making it Home Tour: Helping the Homeless Community Find Their PATH
By Zach Rosen   |   May 13, 2021

Community members that are experiencing homelessness could often use a path to help guide them from the street into a home. Since the early 1980s, People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) has been helping individuals, veterans, and families requiring assistance find their way to long-term housing solutions.  “We do that by really focusing on moving people […]

Healing Power of Horses: Montecito Bank & Trust Aids Therapeutic Riding Program
By Zach Rosen   |   May 13, 2021

Nonprofits often have to work closely with banks to help support their growth and launch new initiatives. Like a horse and rider working together, the bank can help the organization get to where it is trying to go.  As part of their ongoing goal to give back to the community, Montecito Bank & Trust (MBT) […]

No Need to Whisper, This Art Installation Hits Close to the Heart
By Zach Rosen   |   May 6, 2021

With vaccines becoming more available and establishments reopening, it seems that a sense of normalcy might possibly be on the horizon. The recent changes offer a chance to safely get out and see some entertainment that doesn’t take place over Zoom or in the context of one’s own home.  The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa […]

Senior Portrait: Joanne Rapp
By Zach Rosen   |   April 8, 2021

Home can certainly be where you make it, but sometimes home is simply where it has always been. For Joanne Rapp, who grew up in Santa Barbara, she did not expect to come back home to the area after college. But when life gave her the opportunity to return, she found that the tight-knit community […]

Animal Planet
By Zach Rosen   |   April 2, 2021

Kristina McKean’s passion project is saving one elephant at a time in the United States and abroad Kristina McKean has funneled her lifetime passion for helping animals into a full-time profession by creating The Elephant Project. McKean had always felt drawn to animals and their related causes but it wasn’t until her honeymoon to Thailand with her […]