Islands Apart : A Year on the Edge of Civilization Lecture

Thursday April 18, 2013 – Thursday April 18, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Ken McAlpine
Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

What: A look at our fast paced times through the lens of our lovely Channel Islands

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $5 (non-members).

To Register: Go to www.sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 x115
(please register for tickets early to guarantee admittance)


Author Ken McAlpine stands in his front yard one night in Ventura, California, trying to see the stars. His view is diminished by light pollution, making it hard to see much of anything in the sky. Our fast-paced, technologically advanced society, he concludes, is not conducive to stargazing or soul-searching. Taking a page from Thoreau’s Walden, he decides to get away from the clamor of everyday life, journeying alone through California’s Channel Islands National Park. There, he imagines, he might be able to “breathe slowly and think clearly, to examine how we live and what we live for.”


Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization is a humorous and wise look at contemporary American life—and how time spent alone in nature can give us a fresh perspective and greater clarity about what matters most.

In between his week-long solo trips through these pristine islands, McAlpine reaches out to try to better understand his fellow man: he eats lunch with the homeless in Beverly Hills, sits in the desert with a 98-year-old Benedictine monk, and befriends a sidewalk celebrity impersonator in Hollywood. What he discovers about himself and the world we live in will inspire anyone who wishes they had the time to slow down and notice the wonders of nature and humanity. McAlpine, notes American Way Magazine, is “a humorous and humble guide who takes his contemplation of our busy world into unexpected places.”  .


Author Bio: Award-winning writer Ken McAlpine is the author of four books. His just released novel Together We Jump was praised by Sunset Magazine as “lyrical, evocative and deeply moving… a luminous American novel”, and by the Los Angeles Review as “a poetic roller coaster ride through the mind and soul… rendered with eerily realistic plot and dialogue”. His novel Fog, an eerie maritime mystery that unfolds on the wreck-strewn coast of Cape Cod in 1882, was described by a reviewer as “one of the most intelligent, richly detailed, deeply felt and evocative novels I’ve read.” His first book, the non-fiction work Off Season: Discovering America on Winter’s Shore, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His follow-up non-fiction book Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization was called “a rumination on what it means to be human.” McAlpine’s magazine articles have earned three Lowell Thomas awards, travel writing’s top award. More important to him, assignments from magazines ranging from National Geographic Traveler to Sunset, have provided him unbridled opportunity for play; from diving with white sharks, to running the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, to sparring with the world shoot fighting champion (you cannot learn a martial art in a week).Most important, Ken lives in Ventura with his beautiful wife Kathy and their two sons. He likes to stand in his yard at night looking at the stars, but he does not like to spend any time during the day doing yard work.




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The Wild Blue Art Opening Reception by Kim Snyder

Thursday March 28, 2013 – Thursday March 28, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
What: Wildlife Art Exhibit by local artist runs from March 28 to June 30.
When: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Artist Reception Free to the Public 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Please RSVP: Call (805) 962-8404 x115 or register below

Kim will have, at least, 25 oil on linen paintings from small to large and all for sale.

“The abundance of wading birds such as herons, egrets, as well as the California Brown Pelicans, peregrine falcon and others that rely on the diverse estuaries, tide pools, harbor and ocean of our maritime environment gives me endless subjects for the paintings I chose for this exhibit as well as the tall ship the Bill of Rights, seascapes. It’s my pleasure to showcase the great stewardship of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, with this maritime art exhibition.”

“I am moved by the abundance of wildlife that surrounds us living in our coastal environment of the Santa Barbara County. At age 54, making art professionally over 35 years, my painting career has taken my art in different directions but always comes back around to our wildlife. While walking on the beach, bluffs and wetlands, if see an animal I enjoy stopping and observing them in their habitat, hunting, resting, and showing off to their mates and potential mates. I love to capture their movement and personality and spirit in paintings for others to see, remember, enjoy and bring this peaceful and joyful imagery into their homes.”

-Kim Snyder

“What makes your paintings so special is that your soul and inner beauty is reflected in your art. Your horses, dogs and birds make everyone smile.”

-Barbara Doran at the Gallery of Kathryne Designs Inc, Montecito, CA


Beyond the Myth of Max Fleischman

Thursday March 21, 2013 – Thursday March 21, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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The Real Story Behind How We Got Our Breakwater
by Erin Graffy de Garcia, author 

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
What: Erin Graffy de Garcia will provide us with a compelling story behind the building of the breakwater.
When: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Free (members), $5 (non-members)

Register: Call (805) 962-8404 x115

(To guarantee admission please reserve your ticket(s) prior to event)

“Philanthropist Max Fleischmann didn’t have a place to park his big yacht, so he gave the city money to build the harbor.” This is the usual explanation locals give when discussing our waterfront breakwater.

However, the real story is far more interesting, and was a half century in the making before Max made an offer the city could not refuse. Starting in the nineteenth century when Senator De La Guerra made a pitch to the state legislature, and continuing through the twentieth century by pulling strings with Navy admirals and U.S. vice-presidents, and voting on numerous ballot measures, Santa Barbara pursued it all.

But what other sites were considered? Why were the Feds so interested in Point Sal up in Guadalupe for a harbor? What was the real reason the Bird Refuge was overlooked? Why did our best plan for a breakwater come 12 years earlier — from an engineer for the Boston Transit? Could the breakwater have happened without Max? You might be surprised to find that the biggest impetus for our harbor came three years earlier — from America’s first air mail pilot!

Erin Graffy is author, editor and publisher of more than 50 books, monographs, publications, and articles on regional history. Her latest coffee-table book  The Santa Barbara Yacht Club: A Waterfront History — richly details in rare photos and text, the history and developments along our waterfront since the middle of the nineteenth century. (Available for sale $90; order in advance egraffy@aol.com)



Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens

The U.S. Coast Guard has officially designated the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum as the recipient of the lens from the Point Conception Lighthouse. United States Coast Guard Curator, Arlyn Danielson, says the SBMM was chosen “because it is the maritime museum in closest proximity to point Conception, and has demonstrated a high level of enthusiasm to interpret the lens from a local, regional, and nation perspective — in relation to its original location at Point Conception. SBMM also has the appropriate staff resources to care for and preserve this lens for future generations.”

This information and more is by Bill Edwards in the September/October issue of Lighthouse Digest.


Juried Small Works Photo Exhibit

Best of Show

Local photographers capture the wonderous spirit of the Santa Barbara Region

Thursday night, 167 patrons of the arts arrived at SBMM to view what our local photographers produced for our Juried Small Works Photo Competition. The show was very well received with excitement and applause. We thank all who attended and invite everyone to see the exhibit before it closes on March 3, 2013.

All photos are for Sale with 40 percent of the charitable donation tax deduction proceeds benefiting SBMM’s Educational Programs.


SB News-Press article on SBMM new Diving Exhibit

Read Wilson SBNP Article

Sail for the SBMM Donors on the “Californian”

Madal and Janée Opening Reception Art Exhibition

Left to Right: Emily Falke, Michele Janée, Greg Gorga and Lizabeth Madal

Promotion at SBMM

We are proud to introduce Emily Falke as Deputy Director of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. She began her employment two years ago as Education Director and Curator. She will continue to oversee Education and Exhibits with a new and broader role in the management and growth of SBMM.

Emily Falke is being congratulated by Jim