Posted on July 1, 2021
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The outdoor sculpture exhibition at Casa del Herrero features works by seven local contemporary artists. (Courtesy of Casa del Herrero)
For the first time in its history, the Casa del Herrero will organize an exhibition of sculptures with works of art placed in the green spaces of the estate. The exhibition, titled Symbiotic – Seven Contemporary Sculptors at Historic Casa del Herrero, will be on display from July 7 to November 7. 24.
The original owners of Casa, Carrie and George Fox Steedman, have taken great care in developing gardens that reflect their creative interests. The resulting spaces reveal themselves with thoughtfulness, evoking emotion and tranquility.
While much of the Casa del Herrero remains frozen in time, an important feature of its historic status, there is a sense of connection through the memory and heritage of the estate.
Symbiotic examines the interconnection between two seemingly disparate concepts (contemporary and historical) while examining each artist’s relationship to the natural world.
“It is truly fascinating to see contemporary works of art in the context of the historic estate,” said Karen Jones Clark, Chair of the Board of Directors of Casa. “The magnificent gardens of the casa have become open-air museum spaces to contemplate the fascinating sculptures in the exhibition.”
Participating artists include Isaac Anguiano, Béla Bácsi, Robert J. Emmons, Pattie Porter Firestone, Victoria Hendler, Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Lynda Weinman.
The gardens are natural works of art, which are now complemented by the figurative, natural and abstract forms of the sculptures. The collection of artwork (comprising a variety of mediums) fits into the uniqueness of the estate.
“Although historic, the casa remains alive with the creative legacy of the original owners,” said Jessica Tade, executive director of Casa del Herrero. “Through this exhibition, we are collaborating with local artists while continuing to realize our desire to support the continued vitality of the arts in our community. “
Tickets can be purchased by calling Casa del Herrero, 805-565-5653.
The exhibition is made possible thanks in part to the main sponsors Karen and Stephen Clark, Marc Normand Gelinas Interior Design and Francis Morrow.
When visitors come to the Casa del Herrero, or the “Blacksmith’s House,” they are taken back to Montecito in the 1920s and 1930s. Designed by George Washington Smith, the Casa del Herrero is one of the finest examples of neo-Spanish architecture in America.
La Casa del Herrero is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and retains National Historic Landmark status in part thanks to its eclectic mix of Country Place Era and Moorish inspired gardens created by Ralph Stevens, Lockwood de Forest and Francis T. Underhill .
Today, the 11-acre estate operates as a non-profit organization with the goal of preserving the house and grounds, as well as the Steedman family’s collection of decorative arts and crafts from the 15th and 16th centuries of Spain’s “golden age”, books, sketchbooks, drawings and horticultural records.