SB Conservancy publishes ‘Coloring Santa Barbara’

Staff Report

“Coloring Santa Barbara,” a new coloring book that serves the cause of local architectural preservation, features 31 illustrations by area designers and architects depicting an array of landmarks, cityscapes and related imagery.

By turns romantic, whimsical, and meditative, the illustrations are accompanied by brief historical notes and are printed on sturdy card stock suitable for colored pencils, felt pens and watercolor.

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A new coloring book depicts a variety of city edifices and scenery.

The 12-by-12-inch coloring book retails for $16.95 and is available at Chaucer’s Bookstore and area gift shops. Proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Conservancy, the book’s publisher.

“This fun book serves as yet another reminder that the city we call home is truly a very special place, and that’s the point,” said conservancy board member Steve Hausz, who was instrumental in the book’s design and publication. “We want everyone – Santa Barbara denizens and visitors alike – to be active in appreciating our uniquely beautiful city, and especially its architectural heritage.”

The 12 local architects, designers, and landscape architects contributing illustrations to “Coloring Santa Barbara” are Brian Cearnal, Anthony Grumbine, Britt Jewett, Henry Lenny, William Mahan, Tom Meaney, Courtney Jane Miller, Ryan J. Mills, Jaime B. Palencia III, Christine Pierron, Jeff Shelton and Fred Sweeney.

Mary Louise Days, a local historian and retired city planning staff member, and Dr. Richard Oglesby, a retired UCSB professor of history, contributed text.

Scenes depicted include El Presidio de Santa Barbara, Casa De la Guerra, Fiesta, Summer Solstice, the Santa Barbara Mission, the Granada Building, and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, among others. Pages with illustrations are perforated, allowing for the colored works to be displayed in a standard 9-by-12 frame.

“Coloring Santa Barbara” is the second book to be published by the Santa Barbara Conservancy in as many years. The organization received the George and Vivian Obern Preservation Stewardship Award for its 2016 book, “Santa Barbara — A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo.” That book explores the city’s extraordinary modern history by way of surveying its distinctive Spanish-inspired architecture.

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