Summer Solstice 2021 Theme:
Thank you all for Blooming with us!
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2021 Poster & T-Shirt
"Rain of Blooms" by local artist Wanda Venturelli has been selected as the winner of Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice 2021 Poster & T-shirt Contest.
Wanda is energized by the natural beauty of our local environment. A fine art major who gravitated to architecture, she studied at Sci-Arc in Southern California and has teamed with local architects on residential projects as well as with her husband Bruce Venturelli. Drawing is the foundation of her art practice, and while she devotes herself to painting full time at her downtown studio, she also incorporates years of creation in many other mediums, such as kiln formed glass.
An important focus for Wanda has been her community work in Santa Barbara. For many years she has dedicated her time and creative energy to Kids Draw Architecture, Montessori Center, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, State Street Ballet Young Dancers, and in recent years, the Community Arts Workshop Outreach Committee, helping to produce many events celebrating fellow artists. Wanda anticipates the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade every year as an artistic high point, with abundant opportunities for a variety of artists to produce handmade works of incredible dimension at the CAW workshop. Ultimately for Wanda, her love of family and friends is the air and water and soil from which her creativity grows. It is in this spirit of effusive creativity that the oil painting “Rain of Blooms” was created, as a celebration of verdant growth, renewal, and the holistic cycle of all life forms.
Our mission is to bring the community together through the arts.
The Solstice Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators and participants from around the world. Due to the ongoing public health emergency, the Solstice Parade and Festival is going Virtual in 2021.
We will be sure to update you on everything you need to know about how to participate.