New Exhibit at Casa de la Guerra: Secrets of the Gaviota Coast

by Anne Petersen

“Secrets of the Gaviota,” Casa de la Guerra September 5 through November 3, 2013. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

On Thursday September 5, SBTHP celebrated the opening of a new exhibit at Casa de la Guerra, “Secrets of the Gaviota Coast.”  The dozen beautiful black and white photos by Shaw Leonard of this pristine section of coastline are production stills from an upcoming documentary called Gaviota, the End of Southern California.  You can find out more about the film project here.  For those of you who click through: see that stunning assemblage of coastal objects on the project homepage?  It’s there, fully recreated in the exhibit, and it is stunning.

Reeve Woolpert with Shaw Leonard. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

This is our second collaboration with local photographers who capture the beauty of this special coastline.  Two years ago we displayed the photography of Reeve Woolpert, an excellent artist and all around nice guy. You can learn more about Reeve’s work here.  We were pleased to see Reeve early on opening night of “Secrets of the Gaviota,” congratulating Shaw on his show.

Visitors admiring Shaw’s images on opening night. Photo by Mika Thornburg.

You can catch “Secrets of the Gaviota Coast” until November 3, 2013.  For information on directions and hours of operation at Casa de la Guerra, click here.

Anne Petersen is the Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.


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