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HERITAGE, CRAFT & EVOLUTION: Surfboard Design 1885 - 1959 An Exciting Exhibit of Surfboards, Paintings and Historic

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM


Sponsored by: George H. & Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation, Mimi Michaelis, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and Wood-Claeyssens Foundation "It's not very surprising that surfing, surfboards and art have a long and deep relationship. Surfing itself is considered by many to be an artform - a dance on water - and surfboards are three-dimensional sculptures designed to harness the energy of moving waves. Surfing inspires and informs both artists and artisans." (Paul Holmes, from the foreword of the book, Heritage, Craft & Evolution: Surfboard Design 1885 - 1959) And with those words begins a most unusual project, book and art exhibit. Opening to the public at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on June 24, 2021, the exhibit traces the history of surfing and the evolution of surfboard design, illustrated by replica boards with oil painting vignettes of the locations, plus text and historic photographs. The book and the exhibit are the result of a unique collaboration between three important figures in the California surfing community: Renny Yater, one of the first commercial surfboard shapers of the 1950s; John Comer, plein-air painter; and painter and surfboard shaper, Kevin Ancell. Altogether, the exhibit presents a multimedia story of surfing, surfboard development, and the California surfing scene. An exhibit not to be missed by surfers, surf historians, and lovers of art and the California coast... What makes this exhibit so unusual and definitely worth a trip to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the way in which it tells the story of California surfing, beginning in 1885 with the three Kawananakoa Brothers, heirs to the Hawaiian royal throne, who attended a boarding school in San Mateo and introduced surfing in Santa Cruz.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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