Project Fiesta! is the latest exhibition at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E De La Guerra St.) which focuses on the signature event in Santa Barbara (The Old Spanish Days Fiesta) that just celebrated its 90th year. The exhibit features vintage posters, artwork, costumes and historical photos.
The Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebrates the rich cultural history of the Santa Barbara region which is heavily influenced by American, Indian, Spanish and Mexican cultures. Part parade , this is undoubtedly an event that many look forward to every year. The Old Spanish Days Fiesta took place this year from July 30- August 3. The fiesta included open air markets where unique arts and crafts are sold, pop-up restaurants, a rodeo and a historic parade.
While at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum don’t miss several other interesting exhibits including a permanent collection as well as a variety of rotating exhibits. The permanent collection is home to over 80,000 artifacts and highlights Santa Barbara’s rich cultural history. The exhibit explores the early Chumash settlers, the influence of Spanish culture in the region and the booming 1920’s. There is also a vast collection of fine art on display with work by artists including Ludmilla Welch (known for her stunning California landscapes), Clarence Mattei ( a swiss artist who spent many years in Santa Barbara), and John Edward Borein (an artist who captures the “disappearing west” in the early 19th century).
Recent rotating exhibits have included Luminescent Santa Barbara: Lockwood de Forest which featured the art of prominent Santa Barbara resident Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932). His landscape paintings capture the beauty and light in Santa Barbara. Another previous exhibit was The Flying A: Silent Film In Santa Barbara which highlights the glory days of The Flying a film studio that produced over 1,000 silent films in Santa Barbara.
We recommend taking one of our complimentary Hotel Milo beach cruisers for a spin and make the Santa Barbara Historical Museum one of your stops.
Photo credit: oldspanishdays-fiesta.org