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Not once upon a time, but right now -



a brief history of the environmental movement in Santa Barbara County 

a NEW mobile application that will allow visitors

to learn about artists & activists who use their work

to preserve open spaces for future generations.

Features 35 locations and numerous environmentalists,

artists, activists, ranchers and others, who, since the

1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel, have

contributed to the environmental movement.

Fiscal Sponsor: The Santa Barbara Cultural 
Development Foundation


"TElling stories about how art heals & inspires"

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Hank Pitcher, artist & UCSB College of Creative Studies Professor painting at Coal Oil Point - 2013

​"Growing up in Santa Barbara, I remember as a kid watching all of the construction that was going on in this area, watching the eucalyptus forests being bulldozed down, all the places we played in as kids, the forts out in the fields, the wild flowers, all of those places being bulldozed for apartment buildings, for housing … and I remember being aware at a really early age of that kind of change, and somehow having the sensation that painting it would be a way to preserve it … intuitively, I felt it would just kind of slow it down.”


10 year commemorative DVD 

Featuring open air painter Ray Strong who celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2005, this documentary is about Santa Barbara landscape painters who work to preserve the open spaces they love to paint.

FOR SALE in our Store.