You’re Invited! To celebrate the re-opening of Tragedy at Honda

May 22, 2014 – May 22, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Thursday, May 22nd, from 5:00 to 7:00

This newly upgraded exhibit honors the twenty-three sailors who lost their lives on September 8, 1923, known as the largest peace-time disaster in U.S. Navy history.

In Honor of The Writer Family

Opening reception sponsored by
Steve Epstein and John Woodward

Wine and Appetizers included
Free to the Public

Please RSVP at (805) 962-8404 x115


Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tasting

April 25, 2014 – April 25, 2014

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  • April 25, May 9 and May 23 (may be cancelled if less than 6 attendees are signed up)
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Friday
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Admission: $30
  • Register below or call 805-962-8404 x115
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum’s Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum’s scenic fourth-floor Crow’s Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Islands. Then enjoy a flight-tasting by Happy Canyon Vineyards and an Antipasto Platter on the Deck, by the Boats, at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.



Revitalization of the Chumash Tomol

March 20, 2014 – March 20, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Alan Salazar & Ray Ward

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).
Register below or call (805) 962-8404 x115
(many of our lectures sellout, so register early)

Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Alan Salazar has been a Native American traditional storyteller, a paddler of Chumash tomols (plank canoes), and a Native American consultant/monitor. His family has traced their ancestry to the Chumash village of Ta’apu, now known as Simi Valley, and the Tataviam village of Pi’ing near Castaic, Ca.

He is a founding member of the Kern County Native American Heritage Preservation Council, the Chumash Maritime Association, a member of the California Indian Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and a member of the Environmental Review Board for the city of Malibu.

Salazar helped build the first working traditional Chumash plank canoe, called a tomol, constructed in modern times, and has paddled in this plank canoe for over 15 years. He has been involved with protecting Native American cultural sites for 20 years as a consultant/monitor on sites in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties.  He is one of the few consultant/monitors that has taken college classes in archaeology and has worked as a field archaeologist, to help him better understand the field.

He has self-published the first ever Chumash coloring book featuring important Chumash animals and the Chumash language.

Salazar has also worked as a Juvenile Institution Officer for approximately 20 years at Juvenile Facilities in Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, California and believes by sharing his knowledge about the Chumash/Tataviam cultures, he is saving these rich Native cultures.

Ray Ward is a native Barbareno and after a time raising a family on their horse ranch on the Skookumchuck River in Washington State, moved back to Santa Barbara. He has shared his ancestory and the tradition of paddling a tomol with his sons in the 2006 Santa Barbara Channel Crossing and continues to be involved with the Chumash community. Ray has participated and supported the revitalization of the canoe culture with both the Northwest tribes and the Chumash Maritime Association.

He has worked as a tradesman, businessman and general contractor, while enjoying surfing, diving, hunting, fishing and martial arts.



The Light at Point Conception: Prints by Hank Pitcher

March 27, 2014 – March 27, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Artist Reception


Mimi Michaelis

Chris Lancashire

Sexwax Incorporated

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
What: Prints are reproductions of paintings primarily held in private collections
Cost: Free
Please RSVP: (805) 962-8404 x115

“The Light at Point Conception” is a selection of museum quality prints of original paintings by Hank Pitcher that focus on his 40 year long fascination with the land and sea near this legendary lighthouse.

Thirty-five miles west of Santa Barbara, this headland is a wild place, sacred to the Chumash, and notorious to mariners for its treacherous waters, extreme winds and unpredictable weather. The waters near this division between northern and southern California are known to surfers and divers as a place of frequent shark attacks. It is surrounded by miles of private, working cattle ranches and is normally only visible by plane or by boat.

This exhibit includes prints of the lighthouse over the past 30 years.

These prints are reproductions of paintings primarily held in private collections, many of which have never been exhibited. A limited number of select prints will be available for purchase in support of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Hank Pitcher’s paintings are grounded in a particular sense of place.  In this exhibit, his surfboard images are the symbol of California beach culture…strong, definite, positive.  His Point Conception Lighthouse and landscape images are euphoric and powerfully symbolic of a remote place which few have experienced. A lesson in “simplicity,” his works create an illusion of innocence which is the construct of a painting whose actual complexity can be read on many levels.

Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, is Hank Pitcher’s exclusive agent on the West Coast for original paintings and is a supporter of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

A print show featuring original reproductions of Point Conception Lighthouse Paintings, Cojo/Bixby/Hollister Ranch Paintings, paintings from the “Bulls at Point Conception Series,” and surfboard paintings will run for approximately five months in the gallery of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Prints will be available for purchase at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and online at www.hankpitcher.com. Revenues from sales made through the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will be shared between Hank Pitcher Editions and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.


Rowing the North Atlantic from New York to England

February 20, 2014 – February 20, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Brad Vickers

Listen to his interview on KCLU

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

Register Below or call (805) 962-8404 x115

(please register for tickets early to guarantee admittance)

Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Brad Vickers grew up in Santa Barbara, where he attended Crane and Bishop Diego High School.  He spent much of his time hiking the foothills and surfing.  Brad left the relatively warm waves of Santa Barbara to attend university in the Northwest and was soon drawn to the cold waters of the Puget Sound as a member of the college rowing team.  Upon graduating the University of Puget Sound, Brad helped form a racing expedition team with the goal of rowing across the North Atlantic, embarking on an extended post-college road trip of sorts. In doing so, his team won the race and earned a Guinness World Record.

Brad is currently involved with several expedition projects and is working on a documentary of the world-record ocean row.  He also shares insights on expedition leadership and team dynamics with businesses and community organizations.

As part of a four-man team, Brad Vickers became part of the first American crew to row from the United States to England.  This was accomplished over the course of 71 days in a custom made 29-foot ocean row boat.  The team endured tropical storms, 30-foot waves, shark encounters, whale sightings, rowing for more than 12 hours a day and several close calls with passing container ships.  Those were the fun days.  The crew members also had to overcome sleep deprivation, malnutrition, personality clashes and food rationing.

Brad will share photographs and video footage from the North Atlantic as well as lessons on team dynamics and leadership learned from spending more than two months on the open ocean with three other equally strong-willed teammates.


2014 SBMM Harbor Tastings & Treasures Annual Celebration

March 15, 2014 – March 15, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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March 15, 2014

$200 – Patron admission – 5:00pm
$100 – General admission – 6:00pm

Honoring Our Long Time Museum Volunteers:

Andrew Cooper
David Denniston
Ron Godar
Brooke Sawyer
Lorelei Snyder

Tickets: please call (805) 962-8404 x115

The festivities include:

30+ Vendors featuring Food, Wine, Beer & Spirits
Silent & Live Auction Items

Honorary Celebrity Judges:

Christine Dahl
Michael Hutchings
Arthur von Wiesenberger

Food Vendors

Butler Events Center
Catering Connection
Chuck’s Waterfront Grill
Commercial Fisherman of Santa Barbara
Endless Summer bar-cafe
Ichiban Sushi
Olivos Del Mar
Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch
Santa Barbara Olive Company
Shoreline Beach Café
Spices N Rice

Drink Vendors

Alexander and Wayne
Area 5.1 Winery
Arthur Earl
Cutler’s Artisan Spirits
Deep Sea Winery
Figueroa Mountain Brewery
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Happy Canyon Vineyard
Island Brewing Company
Morello Wine
Oreana Winery
Pali Wine Company
SilverCoin Tequila
Stockholm Vodka
Westerley Wines
Whitcraft Winery

Special Thanks to:

Cafe Del Sol
Chateau Ste. Michelle
China Palace
Christine Dahl Pastries
Stacey Bloodworth
Rock Shop Academy
Sea Cadets
Tri-County Produce


SBMM receives award

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Ultimate Sailing – 30 Years of Yacht Racing Photography

January 16, 2014 – January 16, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Sharon Green

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

The trademark photography of Sharon Green, “who shoots to thrill”, captures the true essence of competitive sailing at the highest levels. Whether hanging from helicopters or clinging to chase boats, she knows how to freeze the action and preserve its energy in a single frame.

Sharon Green will present a slideshow of images from 30+ years of Ultimate Sailing. Sharon will talk about the rigors and challenges of her unique specialization in competitive yacht racing photography and the creation of her brand Ultimate Sailing. She will share some of her behind the scenes stories of working in the world with yachting’s elite as well as discuss the changes in camera equipment and the transition of photography from film to digital.

Sharon Green has been capturing electrifying images of performance sailing for more than 30 years. Her annual Ultimate Sailing Calendar, featuring the highlights of competitive sailing, is eagerly anticipated by yachting and photography enthusiasts worldwide. Sharon has been published in major boating publications, both locally and internationally, since she first took up a camera while still in high school. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography Sharon was awarded an honorary Master’s Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her daughter Michaela and son Kieran.

Sharon is happiest when she is on the water or hanging from a helicopter in search of the elusive image that can be called ‘Ultimate Sailing’. “My greatest satisfaction is when it all comes together: the anticipation, the planning, the organizing, the traveling, the epic conditions – to create a thrilling photograph. The pursuit of ‘Ultimate Sailing’ images never seems to grow old. Three decades and I still love the challenge of creating memorable images for my clients and the calendar.”

NOTE: This lecture will be paired with an exhibit of Sharon’s photography in the Munger Theater.


End of a New Beginning

The latest Lighthouse Digest article on our Point Conception Lighthouse Lens.


Lis Perry

Development and Membership Coordinator

(805) 962-8404 ext. 102

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