2021 Fall Events

2021 Fall Events

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Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

Beach life is the best life. Especially on a warm summer evening.

From the dramatic outcroppings of Shell Beach to the watersports haven of Surfer’s Point, 
our sun-drenched Central Coast offers some of the best stretches of beach in California.

Let photographer Chris Meugniot inspire your next visit with these knock-out images.

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Karen Bezuidenhout
: When South Africa meets Santa Barbara

Karen Bezuidenhout
: When South Africa meets Santa Barbara

Painter-muralist brings the moods of Africa to the Central Coast

By Amelia Rose Simpson
Photos by Mariana Schulze

Artist Karen Bezuidenhout can’t remember life without horses. “They were always there. One of my first memories of pain was from a horse stepping on my bare foot when I was five,” Karen joked. Born at a racehorse farm outside of Cape Town in South Africa, Karen grew up riding. “My sister and I would have crazy adventures on our Welsh ponies, falling off and racing around. My sister, who still lives in South Africa, is also a horse fanatic. She’s a huge influence in my life.”

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Into the Blue with Artist Blakeney Sanford

Into the Blue with Artist Blakeney Sanford

By Amelia Rose Simpson

Blakeney Sanford loves the blues — in her work, that is. Santa Barbara County artist creates installations big and small that pay tribute to the ocean that borders her childhood home.

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A Painter’s Life, Naturally

A Painter’s Life, Naturally

By Amelia Simpson

A landscape and still-life painter, Lee calls Carpinteria home. By way of Vermont and with a stint in NYC, Lee settled in the small, seaside town just south of Santa Barbara two years ago. She wanted to be close to her fiancé, who had accepted a new position at the Patagonia headquarters. Lee cites the “small-town” feel, incredible climate (she is able to paint outdoors year round, and grow her own fruit and vegetables), the dog-friendly beaches, and Carpinteria’s emphasis on healthy living as definite plusses to her move.

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