Santa Barbara, CA. November 12, 2021 – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Store is planning an exciting Sunday schedule for this winter, beginning with a 10% discount on all purchases on November 28, Museum Store Day and lots of new merchandise for the holidays. That kick-off Sunday will be followed by artist pop-up shows and demonstrations on subsequent weekends. Watercolorist Lisa Dov will start this series with a pop-up show of her mermaid paintings on December 5, followed by a show of Kelly Clause’s paintings on December 12, from 10 am-5 pm, on the Museum’s beautiful patio overlooking the Harbor. The two artists’ work celebrates the Museum’s current mermaids exhibit and this spring’s whale events and exhibits.
Lisa Dov Kelly Clause
Growing up in Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills, Lisa always wanted to create things and loved to draw and paint. She earned an associate degree in fashion design and studied watercolor at Brentwood Art Center. As Lisa says, “For me drawing and painting are a form of meditation. I love painting portraits as well as botanicals, seascapes, and animals.” She also enjoys Art Nouveau and ancient Japanese prints, hints of which appear in her work. Lisa’s images are dreamlike and clearly demonstrate her fascination with mermaids and other maritime images.
Spontaneity, style, and whimsy characterize Kelly’s images. 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.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Kelly Clause was raised to love and appreciate the outdoors. According to Kelly, “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: https://sbmm.org/sbmm-store/
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Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has featured many artifacts and stories to share the history of the Santa Barbara Channel with more than 40,000 visitors annually and provides year-round experiential maritime history and marine science education for local youth. Featuring the impressive First-Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens from Point Conception, SBMM’s current exhibits explore The History of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel, Honda Disaster, Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths & Legends – Photography by Ralph A. Clevenger & Friends, and Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light.
SBMM is located at the historic Santa Barbara Harbor at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Visit sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 for details.