Kids Draw Architecture


The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
invites you to attend our annual
Gallery Opening
Holiday Party
featuring an exhibition of drawings from
2016 Kids Draw Architecture
Friday, December 9, 5-7 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa 229 East Victoria Street (805) 965-6307
Gallery hours are by appointment
Drawings will be on display December 8-January 4

Santa Barbara-A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo


Dear Friends of The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara,

Please join members of The Santa Barbara Conservancy on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for a wine and appetizer reception to celebrate the release of the Conservancy’s eagerly awaited 2nd edition of SANTA BARBARA ~ A GUIDE TO EL PUEBLO VIEJO.

Filled with maps, color photographs, and a wealth of historical detail and insights, the book explores the city’s extraordinary history and alluring architecture. Though celebrated as “The American Riviera” by dint of its unique charm and unsurpassed beauty, Santa Barbara would not be the coastal urban gem it is today were it not for the catastrophic earthquake of1925 and the determined efforts of a few visionary civic leaders in the years immediately thereafter. Such is the broad thrust of Santa Barbara ~ A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo.

The Santa Barbara Conservancy was founded in 1998 to advocate for the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of historic, architectural, and cultural resources in Santa Barbara County. The Conservancy works to foster public awareness of and participation in local preservation issues. It provides information and education regarding the preservation of sites, structures, and neighborhoods throughout Santa Barbara County. Additional information is available at

The book will be available for purchase, and signing by the authors at the reception at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, 229 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara.

Current Exhibition

Winter Walk - Tuscany

Rob Robinson – Landscapes in Oil – California and Europe

November 4 – December 7, 2016
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 5-7 p.m.

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new exhibition: Rob Robinson – Landscapes in Oil – California and Europe. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, November 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. The exhibition will continue through December 7th.

A Santa Barbara native, Rob Robinson is the grandson of the late Mildred Bryant Brooks (prominent etcher of the early 1900’s) and son of the late charismatic and respected Santa Barbara architect, Frank Robinson. Rob’s inspiration to paint is rooted in his desire to create something of lasting value and while doing so, to find a little peace in the hustle-bustle of everyday life: “Painting is an engrossing experience for me, a chance to quietly observe and disappear into the natural world, to be alive in it and return with something to share”.

Rob has painted oil landscapes for 18 years and is a long time member of Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Santa Barbara Art Association, California Art Club, and Oil Painters of America. A frequent guest artist with the Oak Group, he credits Michael Drury, Hank Pitcher, John Comer, Marcia Burtt, Meredith and Whitney Abbott, Jorgen Hansen, Ray Strong, Ray Roberts, Frank Serrano, the Oak Group and many others for his inspiration, learning and success. Rob lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Allison and their cat Remo.

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays from 1 to 4pm, and by appointment.

For more information, visit
For appointments, contact Allison Marcillac, Executive Director at AFSB, 805-965-6307.

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