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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rafael Perea de la Cabada, an award-winning artist, was born in Mexico City and has lived in Santa Barbara, CA since 1987.
Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica. He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain, and Germany.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, and the United States.
Rafael teaches Advanced Painting and Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund.
He recently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine (IrvineCabada ArtDesign) on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara. He is a big supporter of the work undertaken by the National Museum of Animals & Society.
Best of the Arts 2012
By Indy Staff
Best of the Arts 2012 By Indy Staff Santa Barbara’s Artists and Tastemakers Reflect on Their Year-End Highlights Monday, December 24, 2012 With each passing year, we seem to anticipate the next more eagerly, setting goals, demanding resolutions, and forging on to the bigger and the better. Still, if history has taught us anything, it’s
Santa Barbara’s Artists and Tastemakers Reflect on Their Year-End Highlights
Monday, December 24, 2012
With each passing year, we seem to anticipate the next more eagerly, setting goals, demanding resolutions, and forging on to the bigger and the better. Still, if history has taught us anything, it’s that we can learn — and grow — from understanding what came before. It’s with that thought in mind that we reached out to some of S.B.’s artsiest movers, shakers, and tastemakers and asked them to give us their 2012 year-end highlight reel. They picked the categories, they picked the winners, and now we’re inviting you to look back and enjoy Santa Barbara’s arts in review, list style. ’Til next year, friends.
Robin Bisio, filmmaker/choreographer
Best Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Dance Performance: DANCEworks at the Lobero Theatre
Best New Band: Ghost Tiger
Best Book: The Paris Wife
Aly Comingore, Independent Pop Culture Editor
Best Album: Grizzly Bear’s Shields
Best Dance Party: Twin Shadow at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
Best Punk Rock Out: King Tuff at Muddy Waters Café
Best Film: Moonrise Kingdom
Best New Santa Barbara Band: The Wools Surf Club
Charles Donelan, Independent Fine Arts Editor
Best Photography Exhibition: Portrayal/Betrayal at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Best Solo Art Exhibition: Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s Alien Heartland at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Best Group Art Exhibition: The Stumbling Present; Ruins in Contemporary Art at the UCSB Art, Design, and Architecture Museum
Best Orchestral Concert: Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Field at the Granada Theatre
Best Solo Performance: Yo-Yo Ma at the Granada Theatre
Roger Durling, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Director
Best Concert: The Black Keys at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Best Holiday Movie Release: Django Unchained
Best Album: Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange
Best Live Jazz Show: Charles Lloyd’s New Quartet at the Lobero Theatre
Best Laugh: Joan Rivers at the Chumash
Matt Kettmann, Independent Senior Editor
Best Sonic Noise Meets Celluloid History: Gardens & Villa’s live soundtrack to Faust at the Lobero Theatre
Best Subdued Crowd Turned Frenzied Onstage Dance Mob: Seun Kuti at UCSB’s Campbell Hall
Best S.B.-Meets-N.Y.C. Jazz Club Experience: Nate Birkey at 55 Bar in the West Village
Best Legend Dropping Real World Knowledge: Chuck D at The Savoy during New Noise Santa Barbara
Best Public Art in Forever Flux: Mason Street Murals in the Funk Zone
Best New Album: Las Malas Amistades’s Maleza
Best Music Documentary: Searching for Sugarman
Best Reissue: Cleaners from Venus’s On Any Normal Monday
Best New Local Band: The Wools Surf Club
Best Holiday Tradition: Shelter Social Club’s Deck the Halls
Levi Michaels, Independent Staff Writer
Best Festival Experience: Sasquatch! Music Festival
Most Outrageous Light Show: Radiohead at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Best “Deejay” Set: Flying Lotus at UCSB’s Storke Plaza
Most Fun Show: FIDLAR and Pangea at the Biko Co-op Garage
D.J. Palladino, Independent Staff Writer
Best Concert by Guys Who (Sort of) Live in Santa Barbara: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Best Film by Former Canadians Who Now Do Live in Santa Barbara: Hitchcock
Best and Most Promising Cultural Event for Future Santa Barbarans: MuddFest at Muddy Waters Café
Best Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Album: Grizzly Bear’s Shields
Cara Robbins, Independent Contributing Photographer
Best Album: Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid/mAAd City
Best Album Packaging and Album Art: Father John Misty’s Fear Fun
Best Live Show in S.B: Future Islands at Velvet Jones
Best Show-Stealing Opening Act: Pure Bathing Culture at Muddy Waters Cafe (opening for Poor Moon)
Best Music Video: Dirty Projectors’ “Hi Custodian”
Elizabeth Schwyzer, Independent Dance Editor
Best Arts & Lectures Performance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Granada Theatre
Best New Musical: Elements Theatre Collective’s Training
Best Feel-Good Dance Class: World Dance Workout
Best Weekly Dance Party: Dance Tribe
Most Exciting Evolution: Santa Barbara Dance Theater
Josef Woodard, Independent Senior Arts Writer
Best Predictably Great Concert: Radiohead at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Best Encore Named after a Beatles Song: Elvis Costello’s “I Want You,” at the Granada Theatre
Best Movie/Best On-screen Performance: Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Best Classical High: Bent Sørensen’s new piano concerto, played by Leif Ove Andsnes at the Ojai Music Festival
Best New Favorite Band: Mostly Other People do the Killing
Santa Barbara Independent
Featuring: Christopher Bates, Brian Scott Campbell, Stephanie Dotson, William Durham, Elizabeth Folk, Nathan Hayden, Ed Inks, Laura Krifka, Thomas Larson, Michelle Onstot, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Christopher Ulivo, Barbara Vilander and Stephanie Washburn
Santa Barbara, CA - The highly regarded Art faculty of Santa Barbara City College will exhibit their artworks August 31- September 28 in the Atkinson Gallery. On view will be a diverse array of media and styles by these noted artists whose works have been seen nationally as well as regionally. Two new full-time faculty members, Brian Scott Campbell and Christopher Ulivo, will show their work for the first time in Santa Barbara.
Atkinson Gallery’s new director, Sarah Cunningham, will be at the opening reception.
An Even Dozen
December 16, 2012
Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery will feature “An Even Dozen” for its January 3rd opening. For this “Dozen” exhibition, the Gallery has put all of its eggs in one basket. In fact, it is an even dozen in that basket. After nearly twelve years of research the Gallery had thought about an exhibition celebrating the number “12”. They would have done eleven, but the curator of the exhibition, Nathan Vonk, thought that would not do. He said, “There are 12 days of Christmas, 12 hours on the clock and 12 months in the year. Eleven just won’t do.” Then he examined 13. For purposes of good fortune, he decided not to explore “13.” He claimed that there were ample examples in life with groupings of just a dozen. With that number in mind, he curated an exhibit of six contemporary artists and six vintage American artists. He chose 12 pieces by each artist and consequently, “An Even Dozen” will contain 144 paintings, 12 by each artist.
When queried about “where in life are there groupings of a dozen,” Vonk was eminently scholarly when he noted, “There were exactly 12 disciples. The zodiac has 12 signs. Juries have always be composed of 12. Donuts come in boxes of 12. It is nature’s way.” Skeptics gathered round Vonk at a Gallery event, offering that “nature never observes a rule of 12.” The curator, sounding very stentorian, responded that florists delivered roses by the dozen, chickens worked to fill cartons with 12 eggs. And one of the great natural wonders is 12-year-old scotch.”
He recounted story after story about speaking with contemporary artists and his search for suites of paintings and sculptures that were all the same size and small enough to be put up as a group. He visited Hank Pitcher, the noted chronicler of Southern California life and found a perfect grouping of surf, volleyball and local life. Ken Bortolazzo, the sculptor, is producing a “Forest” of twelve small kinetic stainless steel trees. The famous realist, John Nava, has contributed a set of drawings of his favored model “Rachel.” Rafael Perea de la Cabada has been commissioned to provide 12 of his hand-rubbed ceramics. Following a well-received “Waterfalls” exhibition last Spring, Joseph Goldyne will exhibit 12 smaller waterfall oils. Finally, showing that she has the spirit, Nicole Strasburg is completing a suite a dozen 12”x12” tonal paintings. Additionally, the exhibit will feature the work of earlier artists Lucien Biva, Nell Brooker Mayhew and Richard Haines, as well as the work of National Academicians Sidney Gordin, Lockwood de Forest and Colin Campbell Cooper.
Curator Vonk also reports that under the leadership of Barry Spacks, previous Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, a total of 12 poets are each working on a poem celebrating one of the 12 artists in “An Even Dozen.” Each poet has accepted the task of writing a poem about their artist with 144 characters, in the spirit of Spacks most recent publication, “A Bounty of 84s.”
All of the artists and poets are mindful of the previous efforts of Hercules’ 12 Labors, the famous 12-Steps, musicians who work in the 12-note scale and the famous play recounting the deliberations of the Twelve Angry Men. All of the 12 poems will be displayed next to the appropriate artist throughout the exhibits. Many of the 12 poets will be in the gallery on opening night to read their poems. Through an unnamed source, it is reported that the gallery will have honorable mentions for “pencils in 12-packs, boxes of donuts, 12-packs of soda and a pair of dice in the “box car” position.” One critic who was privileged with a special preview of the show was quoted as saying “This whole thing is gross”.
Also on view: Meredith Brook Abbott: At Home in Paradise and 100 Grand through February 3, 2013.
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100 Grand Exhibition
November 23, 2012
Sullivan Goss is pleased to announce the gallery’s fourth annual “100 Grand” exhibition, with 100 works of art being offered at $1,000 or less.
The “100 Grand” exhibit was inaugurated in the depth of the Great Recession. It was conceived as a way to bring artists and collectors together for the holidays to exchange the gift of art for the gift of patronage.
Since the first show in 2009, it has become a landmark exhibition for Santa Barbara’s contemporary art community. The 1st Thursday opening party is one of the area’s must-attend events of the year — a chance for artists and collectors to get together, network and celebrate the accomplishments of another year in art.
For this year’s exhibition, contemporary curator Susan Bush was able to secure work from many of last year’s best-selling artists, but there are also more than a dozen artists who have never shown with the gallery before: Phoebe Brunner, Joann Dufau, Noah Erenberg, Kristen Hawkes, Cynthia James, Masha Keating, Mark Lozano, Mehosh, Julie Montgomery, Paula Re, Maria Rendon, Jourdan Ross, Caren Satterfield and Roe Ann White.
Some of these artists are well established, but others are just emerging. Often, Bush will use the “100 Grand” exhibition as a low-pressure market test to see what new ideas, aesthetics, materials or makers will find an appreciative audience at the gallery. Works that sell well and receive wide acclaim often make their way back into the gallery’s exhibition schedule.
With “100 Grand”, new and younger collectors can begin to acquire and learn about original art work from a serious gallery at an affordable price. Most of the works are manageable in size, as well, offering ample opportunities to place the works in homes. With emerging artists, collectors get an opportunity to “get in on the ground floor.” For the gallery’s regular roster of successful, mid-career artists, collectors get an opportunity to buy works below market rate.
For these reasons, sales are usually brisk. Since its first come first serve, buyers are encouraged to arrive early and to act fast.
“100 Grand” will feature work by: Benjamin Anderson, Sean Anderson, Tony Askew, Ken Bortolazzo, Phoebe Brunner, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Connie Connally, David Cooley, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Joann Dufau, Pamela Enticknap, Noah Erenberg, Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Peggy Ferris, Jon Francis, Rafael Gaete, Nancy Gifford, Robin Gowen, Amanda Grandfield, Tracey Sylvester Harris, Derek Harrison, Kristen Hawkes, Cynthia James, Scott Kahn, Masha Keating, Dan Levin, Mark Lozano, Susan McDonnell, Mehosh, David Molesky, Julie Montgomery, Jennifer Moses, Brad Nack, Ken Nack, Zoe Nathan, John Nava, Zack Paul, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Angela Perko, Chris Peters, Hank Pitcher, Ian Putnam, Paula Re, Robert Redfield, Maria Rendon, Brad Reyes, Lindsey Ross, Jourdan Ross, Blakeney Sanford, Caren Satterfield, Elena Siff, Leslie Lewis Sigler, David Skinner, Barry Spacks, Nicole Strasburg, Marlene Struss, Makeda Tekle-Smith, Jane Taylor, James David Thomas, Susan Tibbles, Dug Uyesaka, Sarah Vedder, Deborah Veldkamp, Daniel Warth, Roe Ann White and Monica Wiesblott.
— Nathan Vonk represents Sullivan Goss. http://sullivangoss.com/home/
The Funk Zone Charrette Exhibition
November 2, 2012
The Funk Zone Charrette Project was an open invitation for local artists, architects, designers, and creative individuals to envision the future look of the Funk Zone neighborhood as Santa Barbara’s arts district. This project was a collaboration of more than 40 artists, architects, and community members that participated by creating charrettes for the project. The first public organizational meeting took place on Friday, July 27,, 2012. It was here that teams were formed as well as the implementation of a timeline for submissions in drawing, mixed media or photograph form by the Arts Fund and key Charrette organizers. The Funk Zone Charrette Exhibition opened with a successful public reception on Friday, September 28, 2012. The Arts Fund Gallery is located in the Funk Zone at 205C Santa Barbara Street at Yanonali.
September 14, 2012: The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of the Funk Zone Charrette Exhibition on Friday, September 28, 2012. More than 30 architects, artists, and community members worked on charrette designs for this unique project and exhibit. Taking place over the summer and early fall, The Funk Zone Charrette Project was an open invitation to local artists, architects, designers and creative professionals to participate in creating charrettes envisioning the future look of the Funk Zone. The purpose of the project is to engage the community to envision what our Funky neighborhood may look like as Santa Barbara’s arts district. The Arts Fund with support from Santa Barbara Foundation organized the Funk Zone Charrette Project.
The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205C Santa Barbara Street, and will be on view until Saturday, October 20, 2012. A public reception will be held in the gallery on the
205-C Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
CONTACT: Catherine Gee
The Funk Zone Charrette Exhibition represents the collaboration of various architects, artists, and community members who formed teams to design the future look of the Funk Zone. The participants include: Clay Bodine, Tracey Beeler, Nancy Gifford, Mark Goerner, Daniel Johnston, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Pat Calonne, Susan Sherwin, Brian Hofer, Lindsey Mickelson, Karl Kras, Ellen Bildsten, Claudia Erle, Nils Hammerbeck, William Reed, Tom Long, Sarah Hoterek, Jessica Harlin, Chris Halliday, Nick Tharp, Shannon Brooker, Blakeney Sanford, Brad Nack, Stacey Cavin, Catherine Gee, Scott Ellinwood, Ed DeVicente, and Travis Hutchison. Ideas for charrettes include: creating pedestrian friendly corridors that pay homage to both the railroad and ocean while exploring the use of salvaged materials, providing a venue for performance art concentrating on street performance, implementing simple solutions without much cost for creating an identity for the neighborhood as in a gateway to the Funk Zone, and many others.
The Funk Zone Charrette Project and Exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Santa Barbara Foundation. For more information on the Funk Zone Charrette Project or other Arts Fund projects and programs, please contact Catherine Gee at (805) 965-7321.
Three’s A Crowd
November 2, 2012
Minimal Expression in a Maximal World
SANTA BARBARA, CA –On Friday, October 5th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the AFS Gallery opens its doors to 23 assemblage artists for the Opening and Reception of Three’s A Crowd: Minimal Expression in a Maximal World. Curated by artist and art collector Nancy Gifford, Three’s A Crowd will feature mixed media work created with a maximum of three objects. Another added challenge to Three’s A Crowd is that no doll parts can be used in the art. This invitational exhibition will showcase the art of Neal Crosbie, Tom Cummings, Cass Ensberg, Julia Ford, Jack Hewitt, Colleen Kelly, Dan Levin, Anne Luther, Holly Mackay, Jim Mahoney, Penny Mast McCall, Barbara McIntyre, Andre Mirzaian, Judy Nilsen, Zack Paul, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Mary Price, Alf Ramirez, Maria Rendon, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, Barry Spacks, Susan Tibbles, and Dug Uyesaka. Nancy Gifford who came up with the theme of the show, “wanted to create a challenge built into the submissions. I noticed that many of the local assemblage artists have a maximal approach to their art making, sometimes basically throwing everything in but the kitchen sink. I thought it would be fun to set some parameters for this show in order to challenge their aesthetic. Thus the title Three’s a Crowd. The artists who wished to participate with these limitations were asked to limit the number of objects used to no more than three. “ The three objects used can be anything, but doll parts. Nancy explains, “Another component of the limitations was to refrain from using doll parts. Doll parts have a long and sometimes overused history in the assemblage art world. I wanted the artists to push beyond their usual bag of tricks. It is meant to be a study on the Rigor of Honing. Learning that often what you leave out of a work of art is as important as what you put in. I have been getting reports back that many of the artists have indeed found this challenging so I am looking forward to seeing what they have produced for this show. Sometimes less is just perfect.” Nancy credits Art From Scrap and the AFS Gallery with the fact that “there is an extremely high concentration of assemblage artists in our local community. AFS is such an incredible resource for these artists and also fosters their development by having exhibitions for them. “ Don’t miss the Art Opening and Reception for Three’s A Crowd: Minimal Expression in a Maximal World on Friday, October 5th, 5-7 pm. 3’s A Crowd will be at the AFS Gallery until November 3rd.
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Figure Fragments: The Part as The Whole
August 27, 2012 – January 18, 2013
Reception: September 6, 5-8pm
Channing Peake Gallery, 105 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA
The exhibition includes the work of 25 regional artists who investigate figurative elements that tell more than simply the sum of their parts: investigation of form, narrative, and the fragmentation of our lives. This exhibition originated at the Betteravia Gallery in Santa Maria on a smaller scale and moved to the Peake Gallery with more artists. Selected artists include Sky Bergman, David Brown, Patricia Houghton Clarke, Steve Cushman, Rebecca Erbstoesser, Nat Fast, Cathy Gregg, Jason Hadley, James Hapke, Ian Hassett, Mary Heebner, Sol Hill, Dan Levin, Alissa Massey, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Keith Puccinelli, Maria Rendon, Ron Robertson, Ross Rudel, Libby Smith, Patrick Trimbath, Elizabeth Turk, Dug Uyesaka, Seyburn Zorthian and Pamela Zwehl-Burke.
“As a culture, the impact of fragmentation on our lives reveals itself in new and diverse ways, telling ourselves who we are,” said Priscilla Bender-Shore, “Why not a nose, or toes, a thigh, a knee, a heart, along and/or with parts combined? Bender-Shore continued, “It is no surprise that the figure, in some form, has re-emerged as a challenging and viable motif, after a long hiatus of some 30+ years. A select group of artists, on both the east and west coasts, never actually left it; all the while reinventing figuration.” Priscilla Bender-Shore’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and can be seen at www.priscillabendershore.com.
Article by Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent.
VITRUMGLOSS new work by Rafael Perea de la Cabada The Project-Fine Art Zone May 3th – June 3th, 2012 Opening Reception First Thursday, May 3th, 5pm to 8pm740 Suite #1 State Street corner of De La Guerra Street & De La Guerra Plaza Gallery hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11am to 6pm Sundays: 12 – 6
The Project-Fine Art Zone
May 3th – June 3th, 2012
First Thursday, May 3th, 5pm to 8pm740 Suite #1 State Street
corner of De La Guerra Street & De La Guerra Plaza
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sundays: 12 – 6
THE PROJECT- FINE ART ZONE, A collaborative non-profit art gallery owned and operated by nine local female artist. The gallery will benefit GIRLS INC. of greater Santa Barbara by donating 20% of all sales to their organization, Girls Helping Girls.
FEBRUARY 11, 2012
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Two Mexican-themed exhibitions and a free family festival come to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art this spring. “Rafael Perea de la Cabada: Alien Heartland” and “Mexican Prints: Selections from the Gil Garcia and Marti Correa de Garcia Collection” go on display Feb. 23 through March 31.
Two Mexican-themed exhibitions and a free family festival come to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art this spring. “Rafael Perea de la Cabada: Alien Heartland” and “Mexican Prints: Selections from the Gil Garcia and Marti Correa de Garcia Collection” go on display Feb. 23 through March 31. The exhibitions open with a free public reception Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4-6 p.m.
“Días de México: A Family Festival” continues this celebration of Mexico’s vibrant culture with a day of fun activities, crafts, music, dance, storytelling, food and more on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the museum. The event and most of the activities are free and open to families of all ages.
“Alien Heartland” offers a retrospective of Mexican-American artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. Perea, who was born in Mexico City, spent the first half of his life in his native country before coming to California to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at UC Santa Barbara. This exhibition includes drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures made in both countries, exploring themes of contemporary Mexican-American culture. Perea’s abstracted, expressive artwork is held in museum and private collections in California, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and several countries in Europe.
“Mexican Prints” showcases the holdings of local collectors Gil and Marti Correa de Garcia. The collection, which focuses on prints from the mid-20th century, emphasizes the vital graphic aesthetic of Mexico with work by artists including Francisco Toledo, Rufino Tamayo, Carlos Merida and others. Mr. Garcia is the lead architect of Garcia Architects and Advisors. He was a Santa Barbara city councilman for 10 years and has served on the boards of 90 non-profit organizations. He is on the board of Southern California Sister Cities International, past president of the United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association, and current president of the Santa Barbara/Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee.
Mrs. Marti Correa de Garcia is the treasurer of the Santa Barbara/Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee.
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (805) 5656162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a full-color, 66 page catalogue has been published, which features images of the artist’s works; an introduction and acknowledgements by Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Director Judy Larson, Ph.D.; an essay by Huffington Post critic Peter Frank, entitled Rafael Perea de la Cabada: Relations With The Audience; and design by Myopia.
Article by Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara independent.