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Santa Barbara Poetry Celebration

"Murder of Crows" from Flock at Lotusland, is one of the art pieces that inspired a poem (Photo Traffic411)

“Murder of Crows” from Flock at Lotusland, is one of the art pieces that inspired a poem (Photo Traffic411)

The poetry world is blooming in Santa Barbara. Local artists recently gathered to celebrate the release of Rare Feathers, Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press 2015).

The book is a collection of poems inspired by “Flock,” the large art installation (2015) at Ganna Walska Lotusland, the Montecito estate and former home of the late opera singer who indulged in her passion for exotic plants.

Artist Nancy Gifford curated Flock at Lotusland, and served as an editor on the Rare Feathers book. Nancy and her husband, Michael, hosted the party and poetry reading at their home in Montecito.

In this podcast, you’ll hear my interview with Gunpowder Press publishers Chryss Yost and David Starkey, both artists who are also emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates. You’ll also be treated to some of the poems from Rare Feathers, read by the poets who wrote them.

Poets featured on this podcast include Mary Brown, Susan Chiavelli, Gabriella Klein, Perie Longo, Enid Osborn, Melinda Palacio, Christine Penko, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Emma Trelles and George Yatchisin.

Related: Homes & Art + Homes as Art, my podcast with artist Nancy Gifford

George Yatchisin reads his poem from "Rare Feathers" at the Gifford home in Montecito, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

George Yatchisin reads his poem from “Rare Feathers” at the Gifford home in Montecito, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

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Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (left) with Lisa Osborn (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)


Exploring “Unintended Consequences”

“Unintended Consequences” are being explored in a new show at the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery.  The work of five local artists is being featured in the show, including some UCSB graduate students. And, (unintended) two of the artists are a mother and her son.

Charles Donelan, executive arts editor of the Santa Barbara Independent, is guest curator of the exhibit. He gave me a sneak-peek behind the scenes, and shares some of the many ‘unintended’ circumstances surrounding the show.

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The show opens Friday evening (10/30) with an artist reception (5-8 pm, the public is invited) and runs through December 5, 2015.

Also See: Nancy Gifford Home Tour – Homes & Art 

The Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery is located in the Funk Zone, at 205-C Santa Barbara Street. For more information on “Unintended Consequences” and the non-profit Santa Barbara Arts Fund, go to artsfundsb.org


Celebrating “Santa Barbara Beautiful”

There was a beautiful garden party and awards show Sunday night, just ahead of the full blood moon eclipse. Members of the Santa Barbara community who dedicate time toward making the “American Riviera” even more beautiful were honored at the Santa Barbara Beautiful annual awards presentation at Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West. It was […]


Artist Nancy Gifford sits in front of "Lament" an installation about the death of books and the future of libraries. (Copyright © by Joanne A. Calitri International All rights reserved)

Homes & Art + Homes as Art

The contemporary Gifford home will be featured in an upcoming Santa Barbara home tour (credit: Patrick Turner Photographer)

The contemporary Gifford home will be featured in an upcoming Santa Barbara home tour (credit: Patrick Turner Photographer)

Artist Nancy Gifford is known in Santa Barbara for her dedication to the local arts community as well as her work at Lotusland. Gifford was guest curator of “Swarm” and “Flock,” two large exhibitions at the treasured gardens located on the estate of Madame Ganna Walska.  Nancy and her husband, Michael, also live in a home that’s a work of art. The contemporary single story home in Montecito was originally a lemon packing plant.

Also Read:  Lotusland: A Santa Barbara Hidden Gem

Gifford says 'that was my ticket.' The shot by Richard Avedon took her modeling career to new heights. (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Gifford says ‘that was my ticket.’ The shot by Richard Avedon took her modeling career to new heights. (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Just driving onto this property is a treat! Gliding down the curved driveway offers a great visual overview. It seemed surreal. I’d never seen a home like this before. A BMW and SUV parked inside the garage were clearly visible because of the clear glass doors.  It’s easy to see the giant pieces of art adorning the walls inside because there are no coverings on the giant glass windows. In fact, there seems to be more glass than wall enclosing this home.

“That was my ticket” Gifford says of a large headshot of her from 1970. The blown up photo on the wall in her office, taken by iconic fashion photographer Richard Avedon, was featured in a magazine. The job provided Nancy with the money she needed to be able to quit working temp jobs and devote more time to her art.

These days, Nancy works on large-scale installations.  Her most recent, “LAMENT,” was featured in the show “Requiem for the Bibliophile” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Click here to watch the HD time lapse video of the making of LAMENT (scroll down for more video links)

The massive wall of art made of covers and spines of antique books is taking up two walls of her large high-ceiling studio. Gifford said she is eager to send it off to its next home at UC Santa Barbara.

 

Click to listen to the sound on this blog post to hear Nancy’s personal story of her journey from Ohio farm girl, to international fashion model to artist, as well as some of her pet projects. Scroll down this page to listen to hear the story behind Gifford’s two major installations at Lotusland, “Flock” and “Swarm.”

You are invited to tour the Gifford home along with other unique properties in the Santa Barbara area on Saturday, October 3. ArchitecTours 2015: Architecture with a Story is a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

More video of Nancy Gifford & “LAMENT”

Gifford with fine art photographer Lindsey Ross features video of “LAMENT” and beautiful turn-of-the-century style photos Click to view

HOPE  –  HD ART VIDEO with Nancy Gifford on the Future of Books Click to view

 

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Artist Nancy Gifford sits in front of “Lament” an installation featured in a show at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art about the death of books and the future of libraries. (Copyright © by Joanne A. Calitri International All rights reserved)

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The Gifford home in Montecito, CA (Photo by Patrick Turner Photographer).