Gallery Spaces Shifting Downtown

16 Jul 2015 2:49 PM | Ali Van Houten

Things are getting a bit of a shake-up in downtown Santa Barbara. With Brooks Institute nearing the completion of their consolidation to Ventura, a long-term project that will ultimately allow them to offer film, photography, visual journalism and graphic design education all at the same location, this means the school and all its associated galleries will soon be relocating. If you’re feeling glum about the loss, however, no need to worry—there’s a new art space in town that’s sure to fill that hole in your heart.

GraySpace Gallery is the newest addition to the Funk Zone. Set to open its doors later this month, the gallery is located at 219 Gray Avenue, between Yanonali Street and Montecito Street. GraySpace will show contemporary abstract art by local artists and others, kicking off with their inaugural show 3 Melodies.

3 Melodies, running from July 24 through October 30, highlights a trio of home-grown Santa Barbara artists who draw inspiration from various sources. Artist and designer Charlene Broudy is known for her multicolored acrylic abstractions done on panel and canvas (pictured is Galactic). Her work is inspired by the vibrancy of Costa Rica, where she and her husband created the resort hotel Xandari.

Her fellow exhibitor Carolyn Fox looks to a different locale for inspiration, painting the lush landscapes of the Ojai Valley she calls home. Fox’s new body of work “Roller Paintings” is the product of her experimentation with a new process that allows for luxuriously wide, flowing lines of color. She uses these large curves to create beautiful, elemental compositions.

Steven Gilbar, meanwhile, is a self-taught artist who was originally inspired by the collage work of iconic architect and artist Richard Meier (who designed the Getty in L.A., among other notable buildings). Gilbar has transitioned from his collage roots into mixed media and ultimately painting, but throughout it all he has retained his respect for those who came before him.

3 Melodies opens on Friday, July 24 from 5pm-8pm, during the Funk Zone Art Walk. Once the gallery’s up and running, GraySpace will be open Friday through Sunday from 12pm-5pm and by appointment if you’re interested in checking out the new venue.