The spectacular natural beauty of Santa Barbara is showcased with Take a hike, save the worldan exhibit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum inspired and designed to inspire visitors to enjoy the trails and public lands of Santa Barbara County and participate in the important work needed to protect them.
A visual journey through historical photography and fine art, seen by artists and photographers from 1875, the show runs until November 13.
“Our goal is to inspire our visitors to explore, appreciate and above all preserve the natural beauty that surrounds us,” said museum director Dacia Harwood. “The exhibition is a reminder of the fragility of these landscapes, threatened not only by development, but also by the effects of climate change, forest fires, mudslides and extreme drought.”
Designed to encourage visitors to discover how Santa Barbara’s most scenic trails have been walked over the centuries and how to ensure they are preserved for generations to come, the exhibit is part of the museum’s initiative on a county scale “Impact: climate change and the urgency of the present”. ”
Featuring late 19th to late 20th century paintings from the museum’s collection, the exhibit includes a 1943 painting of the Santa Ynez Valley by Francis M. Sedgwick, who donated part of 6 000 acres of one of his ranches to become the Sedgwick Reserve. A watercolor by Ellen Cooper Baxley depicts a scene at her family’s Ellwood Cooper ranch. Once spanning 2,000 acres, parts of the old ranch are now preserved as the Sperling Preserve on Ellwood Mesa and Coronado Butterfly Grove. Also featured is Oak Group founder Ray Strong’s 1982 painting “Beyond Camino Cielo”. The Oak Group is still an active environmental artist group today, using the work of its members to promote open space preservation. —Leslie Dinaberg
Admission to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum is free, with current hours Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. See sbhistorical.org.
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