Art Lovers Walk the Walk at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s 2017 Artwalk

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(Photo by Baron Spafford: SB Museum of Natural History President & CEO Luke Swetland stands with Diane & Ralph Waterhouse in front of Mr. Waterhouse’s Director’s Award-winning artwork.)

Artists, art lovers, and Museum supporters gathered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History last Friday evening, marking the official kickoff of Artwalk 2017. The artist and patron reception took place on Friday, September 22nd in Fleischmann Auditorium, and gave those in attendance the first opportunity to view and purchase artwork from The Oak Group, respected as one of the country’s first groups of painters for preservation of endangered landscapes.

Following the Friday night reception, weekend attendees were treated to a Children’s Artwalk and a limited outdoor exhibit in addition to The Oak Group’s featured work. All works displayed at the show, with the exception of art from the Children’s Artwalk, were available for purchase, with proceeds helping to support Museum programs. In total, art sales from this year’s event raised nearly $75,000, and 2,100 visitors came through the Museum doors to take part in the weekend festivities.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit www.sbnature.org.

(Photo by Baron Spafford: Artwalk co-chairs Sue Adams and Patti Ottoboni at the Artwalk reception)

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