A Studio Open House, Tour, & Sale with Artist Kevin A. Short

COST: [Free]
Organizer: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Kevin A. Short, the artist whose show The Peaceful Sea is currently on display in the SBMM gallery and Munger Theater, will hold a unique event at the museum—a combination of a studio open house, personal exhibit tours, and sale of his work—on Saturday, December 3, from 5-7pm. This special evening program is a culmination of Kevin’s exhibit at the museum, following his successful and well-received exhibit opening, an art class on the patio (October 23), and a talk at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required via RSVP to Linda Fields at or (805) 456-8743.

Now the artist is offering members of the public the opportunity to take some of his work home with them. Those who have seen the exhibit have consistently praised it as being able to capture the moods and precious moments that people experience on the beach and in their interactions with the sea. Between 30 and 40 artworks—posters, color sketches, copper drawings, and paintings, varying in size from 4 x 6 inches to some as big as 36 x 48 inches—in an affordable range of prices will be available for purchase…just in time for holiday gift giving.

Kevin A. Short began his art training with a toy watercolor set and a pile of crayons, drawing on leftover butcher paper in the middle of the kitchen floor, before going on to formally study oil painting at the University of New Mexico, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Raised in Santa Barbara, he developed his love of the ocean through sailing, fishing, and spending long days in the local surf. Now internationally recognized for his contemporary landscapes of the Pacific Coast, Short is considered a particularly intelligent observer of the ocean who paints the surfing and coastal subcultures using his signature heavy, impressionist brushstrokes and rich, saturated color palettes. His paintings conjure specific moments in time, both imagined and remembered, and celebrates all the living colors of the sea.

Emily Falke, Director of Collections and Curator at SBMM and herself an artist, says, “Short’s paintings are imbued with narrative and emotion. They chronicle our experiences as a coastal community, depicting all the outdoor joys available to us–paddling, boating, surfing, swimming, just being at the beach—and pay tribute to the beauty of the ocean and the culture that has helped form this part of the world. The opportunity to study with Kevin is a very special one indeed.”

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