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The Arts Fund Presents...

Tongeku (Sky Country) by Michael Irwin

at 205 Santa Barbara Street

"Tengoku" ("Sky Country") is a combination of three of the many motifs that I've worked in. The atmospheric sky and clouds, the field, is from my meditational seascape series, the painted pole from my squeegee works and lastly, the tubular rectangular element is from my abstract illusionistic series.  The three components come together to create an intersection of whimsy and possibilities ~ hopefully optimistic and a portal accessible to all.  

About the Arts Fund

The Arts Fund ( was established as a nonprofit in 1983. The organization’s mission is to create, fund and administer programs that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to maximize the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships between arts organizations.

The Arts Fund is known for the Teen Arts Mentorship Program that matches promising high school students with professional artist mentors in intensive workshops representing all the cultural arts, and the Community Gallery which presents professionally curated art exhibitions featuring artists from across the county. Through its guest curator program, the gallery invites exhibition proposals from the community in order to provide diverse thought-provoking and exciting exhibits. The Arts Fund has also recently begun facilitating projects for the Funk Zone Public Art Program. For more information please visit or e-mail [email protected].

Private donations are the essential source of funding for the organization. Please visit to learn about upcoming programs and events or to make a donation to support The Arts Fund.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5pm. CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY