Kelly Clause, Watercolors of Sea and Land: A Pop Up Show & Sale

Organizer: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Store and watercolorist Kelly Clause will present a Pop Up Show & Sale of Kelly’s work on Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 10 am-5 pm on the museum’s patio overlooking the Harbor.

Kelly’s images are unique and clearly demonstrate her spontaneity, style and whimsy. Spanning land, sea, and air, the artist’s work features cards, prints, paintings, and murals of all sizes. She depicts marine life—whales, turtles, fish, dolphins, lobsters and more—and plant life, including palms, kelp, and flowers. With  landscapes, seascapes, animals, and boats as subject matter, the exhibit has broad appeal  for all viewers. Earlier this year, Kelly also had three watercolor paintings in the online Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) Show at Kelly’s work is also available for purchase from the SBMM Store.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, into a family of naturalists, fishermen, and marine biologists, Kelly Clause was raised to love and appreciate the outdoors.  According to Kelly, as she has talked about her work and her vision, “Nature cannot be contained, captured, or defined, yet I always find myself wanting to touch it, hold it, recreate it. Saltwater swells and living creatures alike contain a sort of wild mystery that I believe all humanity craves…With spontaneous but deliberate brushstrokes, I endeavor to reflect a balance of wild whimsy and intentional design with my art. My work spills from my insatiable fascination with the natural world, and a desire to inspire a similar curiosity and awe in my viewers.”

Looking for some unique gifts for loved ones? Be sure to stop in at SBMM’s Museum Store to shop from a wide variety of items from books and artwork, from kitchenware to maritime-themed clothing, and toys. You can also shop online at:

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