funk zone mural

One of Santa Barbara’s most eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods is known fondly as the Funk Zone. Filled with great restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries, this little slice of Santa Barbara is a must-visit for all travelers and newcomers. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during an infrequent Funk Zone Art Walk, tag along for this in-depth tour of the area’s best galleries.The next scheduled walk is on May 1st, and will likely include highlights from the art walks past, including these  favorite galleries.

Arts Fund Santa Barbara

One of the most well-known and respected Funk Zone establishments, the Arts Fund Community Gallery, keeps things fresh with monthly exhibitions of local Santa Barbara artists. Art Walk events typically highlight exhibition openings, when the artists are present to discuss their work with guests. The curators of the Arts Fund Community Gallery have an excellent eye for talent around town, and the establishment welcomes all to observe, comment, and to contribute to the Santa Barbaran art scene.

Arts Fund Santa Barbara
205-C Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery

Doubling as a furniture store and art gallery, MichaelKate epitomizes the versatility and originality indicative of the Funk Zone. Consistently showcasing the work of talented local artists, this progressive gallery also sources pieces from around the world. In addition to the dynamic collection of modern work showcased at MichaelKate, the team will also curate retrospectives by legendary local creatives. This unique establishment is one of the premier stops on the Funk Zone Art Walk.

MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery
132 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Wallspace

This renowned Santa Barbara gallery focuses on accomplishments in the field of photography. Largely featuring the work of up-and-comers, as well as seasoned photographers, Wallspace is an excellent venue to discover the most visionary artists in town. Wallspace also expresses a broad photography philosophy, as they are known to feature artists who use alternative methods of creation, including mixed media and digital tools. Swing by Wallspace this May to see the latest productions.

WallSpace Gallery
116 E Yanonali St
Santa Barbara, CA 03101