Come view our new exhibition!

Come view our new exhibition featuring prints from our permanent collection.

Impressions in Ink – Etchings from the Collection
October 25, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Sala Gallery
136 East de la Guerra, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Mission, Henry Chapman Ford (1828-1894), Etching Gift of Leona Thoma

Continuing it’s dedication to highlighting early California artists in our city’s rich history, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum is pleased to announce their latest groundbreaking exhibition, Impressions in Ink – Etchings from the Collection.

On view starting March 20th through August 17th, Impressions in Ink showcases prints by some of our best-known, historic Santa Barbara artists. Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), the great landscape painter and etcher of California Missions takes center stage, along with Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), the internationally renowned, early California plein-air artist, who was also a master etcher in his time.  Visitors to the exhibit will also enjoy the work Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958), whose detailed work is less well-known.  To illustrate the printing process, Edward Borein (1872 – 1945) will have his printing press on display, along with a selection of etching plates paired with their original prints.

According to Daniel Calderon, Chief Curator, “the exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fresh out of conservation and as bright as the day they were printed.”

Supporters of Impressions In Ink include James Main Fine Art, John C. Woodward, Astrid & Lawrence Hammett, Marlene & Warren Miller, Robin Schutte, Eleanor Van Cott, Dorothy & Ashleigh Brilliant, George L. Burtness, William S. Burtness, Evelyn E. Sullivan and many others.

The Museum will host a corresponding lecture and demonstration by notable Western artist Bob Coronato on April 24 & 25th.

Visit the exhibit Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. and on First Thursday, on December 5.  The Museum is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, at 136 East De la Guerra Street.

About The Museum

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum has a long legacy in our community, and an enduring commitment to its mission.  It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the material culture of the Santa Barbara region in all its diversity; to educating through lectures, tours, and in the classroom; and to encouraging research, scholarship, and publication of the history of the community with the belief that history can guide and inspire our actions, a tool with which we can build a better tomorrow.  It is that belief which inspires the Museum’s motto, “Building a future worth remembering.” The Museum’s signature exhibition, The Story of Santa Barbara, traces the evolution of the region from the days of the Chumash into the 21st century.  In addition, the Sala Gallery offers magnificent changing exhibitions three times annually. The Museum holds in public trust over 90,000 irreplaceable historic artifacts including paintings, drawings, furniture, saddles, decorative arts, and one of the largest costume collections west of the Mississippi.  The Museum’s research facility, The Gledhill Library counts over 5,000 books, 70,000 photographs as well as maps, newspaper volumes, government documents, private papers, and oral histories among its collections.
Visit the Museum Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. and on select First Thursdays.  Entrance is complimentary.  The Museum is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, at 136 East De la Guerra Street. For more information contact (805) 966-1601 or