Songs from the Garden

"Songs from the Garden" - an exhibition of photographs taken by members of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara opened on June 6th and ran through June 27th. 

In preparation for the May 2014 flower show, the Garden Club of Santa Barbara invited photographer Stacey Byers to teach a workshop on photography.  The primary purpose of the workshop was to provide a basic understanding of the principles of photography for the members who were planning to enter photographs at the juried show.

“I was excited to see the enthusiasm these women had for learning about photography. They were required to follow the Garden Club of America’s rules for entry but they also wanted to explore their creativity and have some fun. The guidelines asked the entrants to interpret select pieces of music via photography while creating compositions that either focused on flowers, dreams, or the Miraflores Estate. I thought it was a fascinating approach and I looked forward to seeing their results. "Songs from the Garden" is my way of celebrating their accomplishments by exhibiting the photographs they created.”

The Garden Club of Santa Barbara's annual flower show was held at the Music Academy of the West on May 22 and 23. The three divisions for competition were Horticulture, Floral Design, and Photography. The photographs were presented in three classifications; color, black & white, and manipulated and were inspired by Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers", Frederick Loewe and Alan Lerner's "On the Street Where you Live", and "Come to my Garden" by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. Entries were open to all Garden Club of America members and were judged by representatives from the Garden Club of America. 

The exhibition "Songs from the Garden" was sponsored by members of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership. 

Founded in 1916, the Garden Club of Santa Barbara is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to encouraging the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening, the art of flower design, the protection of our environment and native plants, the preservation of the historic and horticultural richness of our community, and the active support of our civic projects. 

Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership is a county-wide collaboration whose mission is to promote awareness of our unique and inspiring public gardens, celebrate their beauty and benefits, and encourage their year-round enjoyment by visitors and residents of the Santa Barbara community.

Intimate Portraits of Nature

With a focus on close-up views - some no larger than 6 x 8 inches - Gary Robinson’s photographs provide an intimate view of Santa Barbara’s diverse natural world. His work invites us to look deeper into the landscape and discover the beauty of nature’s fascinating patterns and textures. Through his choice of subject matter and his attention to composition, Robinson’s images convey a sense of awe for the smaller treasures that are right in front of us but so often go unnoticed. 

"For me photography is like having a third seeing eye.  I think I know what it is I am taking a picture of, but when I see the image on the screen or enlarged in print there is this delightful world of things unnoticed made clearer.  This is especially true when you get closer or more intimate with your subjects. The camera is my third eye allowing me to explore details in nature, to play with natural textures and juxtaposition of colors and patterns found in nature."

Gary Robinson received both his bachelor of science degree and his master of science degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He worked for several years at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador studying the distribution of black corals in the islands, assisting graduate student research, overseeing marine biology programs, and documenting the impacts of the 1982-83 El Nino event on the islands marine fauna. In 1986, Robinson joined the staff of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as Manager of the Sea Center Project.  In 1999, he became Director of Facilities for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - a position he continues to hold. Robinson augments his career with his interests in photography, wood carving, and road-biking.

This exhibition opened with a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 1, 2014 and ran through Friday, May 30, 2014. 

Captured in Light & Shadow

Captured in Light & Shadow is an exhibition of black & white portraits by Captured Spirit Photography's owner, Stacey J. Byers. This exhibition is a celebration of the classic elegance of black & white photography.

"I have always loved working in black & white so I have been particularly excited by the number of clients who have requested portraits in black & white. This exhibition was essentially conceived by several of my clients who suggested I show a "bunch" (their word, not mine) of my black & white portraits."

This exhibition is the inaugural show for Captured Spirit Photography and will run through the month of February.