Courthouse Legacy Foundation Plans First Online Art Sale and Annual Fiesta Party

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The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation has worked to raise funds for conservation activities for the historic structure on Anacapa Street in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to find the funding and expertise needed to implement conservation activities at the courthouse, will host its first online art sale featuring featuring local artists August 5-14.

And the foundation will once again welcome guests to its annual Fiesta Party on August 5.

Featured artists for sale online include Ralph Waterhouse, Richard Schloss, Chris Chapman, James Chen, Rick Delanty, Marco “Tony” Diaz, Tammy Guerin, Derek Harrison, Wyllis Heaton, Annie Hoffman, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Irene Kovalik, Bill Mahan, Fred Sweeney, Terri Tabor and others.

To see a preview of the art that will be on sale, visit the foundation’s website at www.sbclf.org.

Notable projects CWF has completed include raising $730,000 in 2012 to sculpt a replica of the original “Spirit of the Ocean Fountain” that graces the grand archway on the Anacapa side of the building; raise nearly $600,000 in 2015 to restore the hand-painted murals in the Murals Room and add lights so the ceiling is better seen and appreciated; and raising $175,000 in 2020 for Phase I of the Grand Arch Preservation Project, which removed a bleached cladding from the Santa Barbara Courthouse Arch that was causing severe deterioration.

CWF is now on a mission to raise an additional $435,000 to complete the remaining phases of the Great Arch project which will repair visible deterioration of the arch’s sandstone and carving work, as well as faulty mortar joints, cracks and losses in the sandstone.

Santa Barbara County recently began work on a roof and exterior restoration project that will stabilize the building while maintaining its historic character, creating a safe, watertight roof and a durable roof assembly.

“We are pleased the county is addressing the deterioration of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse roof and exterior features on the Figuroa side of the building. These have been our concerns for many years,” said Angelique Davis, Chair of the Foundation Board. “Now is the perfect time for the Courthouse Legacy Foundation to do our part so that this community treasure can be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Tickets are now on sale for the Courthouse Legacy Foundation’s 11th Annual Fiesta Party in the newly restored Murals Room and Loggia. Guests will be able to use the courthouse after hours, including the Bisno-Shall Clock Gallery and Tower Observation Deck with its 360-degree views of the city. To purchase tickets, go to www.sbclf.org.

“We invite the community to get involved by joining us in these unique fundraising efforts to protect our magnificent courthouse,” said Ms. Davis. “Together we can create a legacy. Few structures are more recognizable than the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Although it seems indestructible, in truth, this massive building deteriorates with age, environment and public use.

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Laura J. Boyer