Events


  • Sculpture Is: 2017 In the Garden

    Jul 1, 2017 10:00 pm – Oct 31, 2017 11:00 pm
    @ Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
    My studio neighbor Jamie Abbott and I did a collaborative piece for this wonderful exhibit.  90-plus sculptures in a variety of media are exhibited in the 11th annual show at the beautiful two-acre gardens of Sierra Azul nursery.  Our piece, which is actually five pieces all exhibited as a unit, is reminiscent of pod forms or perhaps chrysalises, and is made from cement and vermiculite, burlap, and paint.  Come see!



  • Art in the Arboretum announcement

    Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

    May 20, 2017 4:30 pm – Nov 17, 2017 5:30 pm
    @ UCSC Arboretum
    This is an amazing show in a beautiful space! I was part of a collaborative effort, with Jamie Abbott and Roy Holmberg, and we created a large-scale steel-and-concrete sculpture based on a eucalyptus branch with leaves and pods. Come see the show, and visit us at the reception if you can!

    Reception: Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm, 
    Admission $5.  Members and students free.



  • Spring Studio Sale announcement

    Spring Studio Sale at Mission Industrial Studios

    May 7, 2017 1:00 pm – May 7, 2017 6:00 pm
    @ Barbara Downs studio
    We’re having a Spring Studio Sale at Mission Industrial Studios!  Many of you have visited me at Open Studios, but this is not the same sort of event.  My studio is currently very much in a working state, with plastic sheeting on my working walls and projects in progress (in other words, I’m not exactly cleaning up!). I have pieces in progress, projects that I’m contemplating, and plenty of finished work, both old and new. I’m offering discounts on some pieces, hoping to find the right home for them. And ten of my neighbors are also open, so it is a big event for us.  Stop in for a visit!



  • stARTup Fair LA

    Jan 27, 2017 – Jan 29, 2017
    @ Highland Gardens Hotel

    Los Angeles' contemporary art fair for independent artists.  You can find me in Room 127.

    Friday, January 27: Noon - 10:00 PM Saturday, January 28: Noon - 9:00 PM Sunday, January 29: Noon - 7:00 PM  



  • Art in the Arboretum: Color

    Oct 15, 2016 – Jan 10, 2017
    @ UCSC Arboretum
    This is a wonderful group sculpture exhibit in a gorgeous garden setting.  Definitely not to be missed!



  • Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2016

    Oct 8, 2016 11:00 am – Oct 9, 2016 5:00 pm
    @ 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA
    I'm participating in the Open Studios this year; please visit me in my studio to see my newest work and something of my process.  This engaging event is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County.



  • Original artwork by Barbara Downs,

    Beasts on Broadway

    Oct 24, 2015 11:30 pm – Nov 15, 2015 12:30 am
    @ Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
    Juror: Melissa R. Pickford, Art Gallery Direction, Monterey Peninsula College Reception: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 3-5pm



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Open Studios 2015 exhibition

    Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2015

    Oct 3, 2015 11:00 am – Oct 3, 2015 5:00 pm
    @ 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA
    I'm participating in the Open Studios this year, so come visit me in my studio.  I'll be showing my newest work as well as some of my processes.  This engaging event is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Stars 2013 exhibition

    Stars Auction and Exhibit – Live Auction

    Dec 7, 2013 6:00 pm – Dec 7, 2013 8:00 pm
    @ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
    Museum of Art and History, Gala event and auction: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Triton Statewide Painting exhibition

    Triton 2013 Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition

    Dec 7, 2013 – Feb 2, 2014
    @ Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
    Triton Museum of Art, Reception: Friday, December 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Open Studios 2013 exhibition

    Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2013

    Oct 5, 2013 11:00 am – Oct 6, 2013 5:00 pm
    @ 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA
    Come see me in my studio: 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA at Mission Industrial Studios. Sponsored by The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Canvas for a Community exhibition

    Canvas for a Community

    Apr 26, 2013 – Jun 1, 2013
    @ The Feldner Project, Santa Cruz, CA
    The Feldner Project, Last Friday Eastside Reception: Friday, April 26th, 4-8 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Vinocruz exhibition

    Solo Show: Vinocruz

    Mar 1, 2012 – Mar 30, 2012
    @ Vinocruz, Santa Cruz, CA
    Vinocruz, First Friday Reception: Friday, March 2, 5:00-9:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Stars 2011 exhibition

    Stars Auction and Exhibit

    Nov 20, 2011 – Dec 10, 2011
    @ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
    Museum of Art and History, Gala event and auction: Saturday, December 10, 5:30 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Open Studios 2011 exhibition

    Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2011

    Oct 1, 2011 11:00 am – Oct 1, 2011 5:00 pm
    @ 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA
    Come see me in my studio: 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA at Mission Industrial Studios. Sponsored by The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Mix it Up exhibition

    Mix It Up! National Mixed-Media Exhibit

    Aug 5, 2011 – Sep 4, 2011
    @ Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
    Santa Cruz Art League, Reception: August 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Lulu's exhibition

    Solo Exhibition

    Apr 18, 2011 – Jun 19, 2011
    @ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
    Lulu's at the Octagon, Museum of Art and History



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Stars auction/exhibition

    Stars Auction and Exhibit – Live Auction

    Dec 11, 2010 – Dec 11, 2010
    @ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
    Museum of Art and History, Gala event and auction: Saturday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Human Rights exhibition

    2nd Annual Artists Look at Human Rights

    Nov 30, 2010 – Dec 17, 2010
    @ Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz, CA
    Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Go Figure exhibition

    Go Figure! National Figurative Exhibit

    Oct 23, 2010 – Nov 21, 2010
    @ Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
    Santa Cruz Art League, Reception: October 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for Open Studios 2010

    Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2010

    Oct 9, 2010 – Oct 9, 2010
    @ ArtWorkSpace, 511-E Swift St., Santa Cruz, CA,
    Come see my work in my studio! Sponsored by The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.



  • Barbara Downs announcement for 50/50 exhibition

    50-50 II Show

    Jul 30, 2010 – Aug 29, 2010
    @ Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
    Sanchez Art Center I did 50 birds in 50 days!