Winter 2019

Winter 2019

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I always look forward to our Culture Issue, as I think it encapsulates so many different forms of a creative life lived within our territorial boundaries. Having said that, it is actually the idea of pushing through said boundaries that can bring an artist to true creative freedom and enlightenment.

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I always look forward to our Culture Issue, as I think it encapsulates so many different forms of a creative life lived within our territorial boundaries. Having said that, it is actually the idea of pushing through said boundaries that can bring an artist to true creative freedom and enlightenment.

Take our cover subject, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as a perfect example of how breaking through barriers can result in true comedic genius. From her early start on Saturday Night Live to her illustrious run on Seinfeld to the shows she has starred in and produced in between (hello Veep), she has been awarded more Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards than any other actor in television history. That she chooses Santa Barbara as her retreat should be of no surprise as it is her happy place. We sat down with Julia to talk shop, life after beating cancer, and her next act.

Ojai, while visually perfect, is also known as a vortex of creativity. Home to many artists over the years (legendary potter Beatrice Wood, for example), it is the next set of women visionaries that we shine the light on in this issue of cultural moments. All using different mediums to get their messages across to their respective audiences, it is fascinating to see this new movement emanating from our neighboring valley.

Speaking of making a mark, architect and furniture designer Paul Tuttle is another Santa Barbaran profiled within these pages. Having apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West and then leaving to go out on his own, he caught the approval of Charles Eames and created designs that have stood the test of time. He lived and worked in Santa Barbara and when he passed away, he endowed his archives to UC Santa Barbara, which will ensure that future generations know the indelible legacy he left.

Britt and Poppy Jewett’s secluded Italianate villa may look like it is out of another world, and it is. He’s an architect and set designer and she, an artist. Together they have created a world like no other. With gardens and old world charm aplenty, it is not your average abode. We invite you to get lost within this magical wonderland.

With the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on the horizon, the world of Hollywood is about to descend on our shores. The top talent that presents or premiers in our town is unrivaled, and the festival becomes a season of its own to celebrate. Which brings me back to this issue of celebrating artists in all their forms. For it is with their visionary voices that we push through the mundane and discover what is truly extraordinary.