Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

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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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Ojai Film Festival Celebrates Two Decades

Ojai Film Festival Celebrates Two Decades

This fall the Ojai Film Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing film to Ojai, and pays tribute to classic Hollywood with Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring actors Pat Boone and Eva Marie Saint. For directors, screenwriters, producers, animators, actors, students, Hollywood veterans, Academy members, and industry insiders alike, the Ojai Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world Oct. 31 through Nov. 10.

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