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View From 500 Feet - Community Gallery Exhibit

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019 — Friday, September 6, 2019

The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of View From 500 Feet, an exhibition of five artists residing in the Santa Ynez Valley, curated by The Arts Fund Gallery Committee. A reception will be held at The Arts Fund Community Gallery on Friday, July 19 from 5pm-8pm during The Arts Fund’s Funk Zone Art WalkTM. View From 500 Feet will feature work by Wesley Anderegg, Christopher L.T. Brown, Patricia Hedrick, Edward Lister and Seyburn Zorthian.

The exhibition will be on view until Friday, September 6, 2019 at The Arts Fund Community Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, and by appointment Monday through Wednesday. The exhibition is free and open to the public.


With great anticipation, the Arts Fund Gallery Committee traveled from sea level to 500 feet elevation to visit the studios of five artists who live and work in the Santa Ynez Valley. While this may not seem very far, the view is indeed quite different on that side of the mountain. The Committee collaborated to select these artists, not only because of their location, but because their location reveals a collective consciousness of place.

The Arts Fund Gallery Committee


Wesley Anderegg is infamous for his irreverent glazed ceramic works. His figures provoke a gamut of emotions but mostly a sense of glee careening among the characters that populate his cavernous barn of a studio. It was nearly impossible to choose from his menagerie.

Christopher L.T. Brown is a master at capturing the rolling hills in black and white photography. The ancient oaks are the old men of the valley and he singles them out as they sit for their portraits, bending to time.

Patricia Hedrick’s paintings of expansive landscapes reflect the many dark moods and misty reflections of the countryside still close enough to the sea to capture the marine atmosphere.

Edward Lister more recently relocated from the coast so brings with him his lifelong love of painting the sea. His large scale underwater portraits of divers make us hold our breath in anticipation of surfacing.

Seyburn Zorthian’s studio is another cavernous outbuilding set inside a vineyard. She is known for her grand scale abstract action paintings but we chose her large portraits instead.


The Arts Fund ( was established as a nonprofit in 1983. Our 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.

We offer 5 core programs that support our mission, including the Teen Arts Mentorship Program, Public Art Program, Community Gallery, Guest Curator Program, Out Loud Literary Arts Program and the Funk Zone Art WalkTM.

For more information about our programs, how to get involved, or to make a tax-deductible donation please visit or e-mail

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