Featured Artist for July
Manuel Cruz
Upcoming Featured Artist of the Month
1st Thursday, August 7th
Artist of the Month for August...
Danae Michele Liechti

Guatemalan artist and longtime Santa Barbara resident, the late Manuel Cruz will be honored on "1st Thursday" July at Santa Barbara Arts, his home gallery for 10 years. "Manny" realized his dream of attending art school at the age of 42 after working to support his family at a variety of jobs such as harvesting vegetables and working in a soap factory. Coming to America, Cruz continued his studies. Rarely relying on a sketch, Cruz used watercolors to capture his minds eye. Fun, magical and happy is how gallery owner Lynn Adams refers to his work.

My name is Danae Michele Liechti. My business is called Garden of Gaia. I create one of a kind hats, scarves and accessories. I grew up in Santa Barbara. My mother was a weaver and we had angora goats and rabbits. We would make our own dyes and yarn. I loved being introduced to fiber arts at a young age. Creating with color has always been a passion of mine. I am inspired by vintage fashion yet mix in my own bohemian flair when designing. I often dye fabrics, straws and yarns. Hats are often embellished with silk flowers.

I went to Santa Barbara High and then studied at Cal Arts for a summer program. I also attended Santa Barbara City College and traveled to France and Italy to study art. I transferred to U.C. Santa Cruz and received my B.A. in Studio Art.

I currently live in the Santa Barbara area.

Copyright 2014 Santa Barbara Arts

Reception for the 1st Thursday Event will be held on August 7th
from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

 

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Friendship Path, Douglas Preserve
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