Silent Auction

As part of the event on April 27th, Art of the Table will feature a specially curated Silent Auction with travel and cultural entertainment packages, artwork created by contemporary California and Santa Barbara artists, unique decor for your table, vintage jewelry and iconic designer accessories.

The Silent Auction will end at 7pm so be sure to bid early and often on these wonderful items before they’re gone! Can’t wait until 7pm? You will have the opportunity to claim your treasure at any time before the auction closes with the “Buy It Now” feature.

The Women’s Board is very grateful to the Silent Auction item donors for their generosity in supporting this event. All Silent Auction proceeds will support the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s acquisitions, exhibitions, and education programs.

NZ w credit croppedNew Zealand By Sea: Auckland to Milford
Aboard the Caledonian Sky
Nov 29, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018~ 
New Zealand by Sea explores the country’s lush green islands, from the city of Auckland on the North Island to world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky, an ideal vessel for accessing New Zealand’s islands, fiords, and craggy coastline.

Explore New Zealand’s magnificent natural beauty, epitomized by Milford Sound. Delight in the spectacular wildlife and fascinating Maori culture, whose traditional and distinctive tattoo art form has experienced a recent resurgence as a sign of cultural identity and pride. Kiwi, sheep, and waterfalls are among the iconic treasures of New Zealand and even large cities enjoy extraordinarily serrated coastlines, deep lakes, mist-shrouded and snowcapped mounts, and dense forests.

This fabulous cruise includes one Category C Caledonian Deck, Superior Cabin, a double occupancy, early bird value of $21,980. The cruise offers a full program of briefings, lectures, and presentations by study leaders from the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and local guides. Air fare is not included. See brochure for more details. Don’t want to wait for the Silent Auction? Buy It Now! For more information, or to place your bid, contact Karen Kawaguchi.

Value: $21,980 (early bird pricing, double occupancy) ~ Donated by Criterion Travel through the SBMA Travel Department

SBIFF_canvasTwo Cinema Passes to the 2019 SBIFF~ One of the most notable events in Santa Barbara each year is the wildly popular Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Festival celebrates some of the best filmmakers and cinematic talent in the world and honors great filmmakers, actors and actresses with awards including the Cinema Vanguard Award, Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, and Modern Master Award. The SBIFF also offers panel discussions with directors, producers, and writers.

This generous package will provide two Cinema Passes for the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which will admit each passholder with priority admission (after Platinum Passes) to all film screenings, opening film and gala, closing night film, and the Festival Pavilion until 3:30pm.

Value: $1,300 ~ Donated by SBIFF (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)

ParamountParamount Studio Tour for 4~ Ready to go to the movies? This enormous basket includes tickets for 4 guests to the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour, complete with your own driver to take you to Paramount and back to Santa Barbara. This fabulous day trip also includes a $100 Visa gift card towards lunch at the nearby Osteria La Buca. Also included in this enormous basket are 50 Blu-ray movie titles from the Paramount Library, a Paramount sweatshirt and baseball hat, a Paramount men’s Fossil watch, a Paramount messenger bag and stainless steel water bottle, a “Mission: Impossible Fallout” hooded sweatshirt, and a “Bumblebee” t-shirt.

Value: $1,800 ~ Donated by Doug & Leigh Shreves, Tom Carroll, and Katherine Murray-Morse

WineryWine Tasting Tour for 6~ Wine tasting tour, private SUV driver, and lunch—for 6 people! What better way to spend a day with friends or family than in Santa Barbara County’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Six wine adventurers will enjoy a full day of wine tasting at Foley Estates Vineyard, Firestone and Lincourt Vineyards, while being driven around in their private SUV by their own driver. The day will include behind the scenes tours at each winery and a picnic lunch hosted at Foley Estates. Guests will be at each winery for approximately 1 ½ hours and can then enjoy the ride back to Santa Barbara.

Value: $1,500 ~ Donated by Holly & Bob Murphy, and Blue Star Parking

Saladino book canvasVilla, by John Saladino~  John Saladino’s iconic book, signed by the author, is nothing less than a master class in interior and garden design. Villa focuses on the stone ruin in Southern California that Saladino painstakingly refashioned into his dream house. The book shows how his principles and passions guided him through the five-year process of reconstruction, restoration, and decoration.

With the aid of plans and drawings, as well as numerous photographs of the house — how it looked in the 1920s, shots of when he bought it, and snaps taken during reconstruction — Saladino traces the architectural work involved. Then, in a superbly illustrated tour of the house and grounds, he proves that he practices what he’s preached for more than 30 years. This 2009 out-of-print book is in excellent condition.

Value: $550 ~ Donated by Alan & Patti Cerf

Original Artworks from Santa Barbara Artists~ 

Abbott, Meridith Brooks_Zinnias In A Bean Pot small-3Meredith Brooks Abbott, Zinnias in a Bean Pot 
This stunning, original oil on canvas, as framed measures 22” wide x 12 ½” high. A long-time resident of the Santa Barbara area, Meredith Brooks Abbott, a highly recognized Santa Barbara artist and founding member of the Oak Group, has more than 50 years of experience in her career as an artist. She studied under painters Douglas Parshall, Richard Meryman and Clarence Hinkle. Her paintings carry on the Early California Plein Air tradition while also conveying her own take on natural light in the Southern California landscape.

Abbott is an advocate of environmental conservation. She holds memberships in the Santa Barbara Art Association and the California Art Club.

Value: $3,500 ~ Donated by Meredith Brooks Abbott

Garcia, Rick_Verigated Agave #2 small-2Rick Garcia, Variegated Agave #2 
This beautifully framed 8” wide x 10” high original oil painting by Rick Garcia captures the beauty of one of California’s most-loved landscape elements. An award winning Santa Barbara-based oil painter, Rick Garcia has been painting the California central coast since the mid-1990s. Garcia spent his early years soaking up the beauty of the back country near his grandparents’ ranch in Sebastapol, California. The memory of those undeveloped vistas is a strong influence in his work.

Relying on his love of nature, his interest in the California Plein Air movement, as well as his many years in commercial art, Garcia has created a blend in his work that his is own unique vision. Garcia is a member of the California Art Club, the Oak Group, Santa Barbara Studio Artists, and S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment).

Value: $600 ~ Donated by Rick Garcia

Heaton, Wyllis_Casa small-3Wyllis Heaton, Casa 
This wonderful work in oil measures 16” wide x 14” high including the frame. It depicts one of the historical fountains at Casa del Herrero. Heaton is an award-winning Plein Air landscape painter as well as a licensed landscaping designer based in Santa Barbara. He attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and taught for 6 years at California Art Academy in San Gabriel. Despite travelling extensively to paint landscapes in other locales, he has made Santa Barbara his home since 2007, due to the love and passion he developed for the region and its wide range of iconic landscapes.

In addition to his portfolio of original artworks, Heaton also designs gardens, fountains, and exterior details in Santa Barbara. He often can be found at art shows creating and exhibiting his works. He enjoys the Plein Air setting for painting and the challenge of capturing the ephemeral beauty of the rapidly changing landscapes.

Value: $650 ~ Donated by Wyllis Heaton

Sanders, Ann_High Tide_Pastel small-1Ann Sanders, High Tide 
This lovely original pastel landscape, under glass, portrays soothing natural tones. Framed, it measures 21” wide x 17” high. Ann Sanders mostly works in pastels and predominantly paints landscapes. She paints almost exclusively on location, and the hours spent completely absorbed in a scene make it a memory that stays vivid long after she finishes the painting. Originally an engineer, her work as a painter is a consuming passion to which she will remain dedicated for the rest of her life.

Sanders is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Oak Group, California Art Club, Santa Barbara Art Association, Goleta Valley Art Association, and S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment).

Value: $700 ~ Dontated by Ann Sanders

Waterhouse, Ralph_Winter Storm, Hendrys small-6Ralph Waterhouse, Winter Storm, Hendry’s 
This original oil by Ralph Waterhouse, well known in Santa Barbara and abroad, is a beautiful depiction of the Santa Barbara coastline. Framed, it measures 13 ½” wide x 11 ½” high.

After spending many years as a graphic designer, Waterhouse began painting the countryside and its wildlife. His wildlife paintings led to international recognition including articles in leading magazines, a feature on BBC Television and art shows in England, West Germany and the United States. In the 1990s, Waterhouse was asked by the British Consul in Los Angeles to present Margaret Thatcher with one of his paintings as a memory of her visit to California.

Inspired by the California landscape and its beautiful light, Waterhouse expanded his focus to the much broader vistas encompassing the whole landscape. Enjoying the Plein Air style of painting, he loves to capture the special qualities of early morning and late afternoon sunlight. Waterhouse is a founding member of the Santa Barbara Art Dealers Association and is currently Chairman of the California Art Club, Central Coast Chapter.

Value: $1,000 ~ Donated by Ralph Waterhouse

Imari copyJapanese Imari Porcelain~ For those experienced collectors of Asian art and for those just looking for a statement piece, this beautiful Japanese Imari ware porcelain bowl will enhance any space it occupies. The fluted bowl is from the early 20th century and measures 8” wide x 3¼” high.

Imari is a type of Arita ware, and was exported to Europe extensively. The subject matter of Arita is diverse, ranging from foliage and flowers to people, scenery and abstractions. Some designs were adopted from China, but most designs were uniquely Japanese consistent with the country’s rich tradition of paintings and costume design.

Value: $150 ~ Donated by Anonymous

Upham canvas 6Upham/Louie’s Staycation for 2~ This is the ultimate “staycation” for a relaxing day and evening in Santa Barbara. The Upham Hotel and Country House will provide a one night (Sunday – Thursday availability) stay in their historic hotel for you, your family or guests. Included in the hotel package is a Cottage Room with fireplace, afternoon wine and cheese, continental breakfast, 2 monogrammed bathrobes, 2 champagne glasses with a bottle of sparkling wine, local wine tastings, plus a book on the history of the Upham Hotel.

A special bonus to this package is a beautiful, 18” handmade, double-strand silver necklace created by jewelry maker Jan Martin Winn featuring moonstones, pearls and pyrite ($175 value).

A $150 gift certificate provided by Louie’s Bistro completes this wonderful package but the dining gift certificate need not be used at the same time.

Value: $875 ~ Donated by The Upham Hotel and Country House, Louie’s California Bistro, Ann Rizzoli, and Jan Martin Winn

Sake 1Japanese Sake Bottle~ This early 20th century Japanese porcelain sake bottle measures 8¼” high x 3½“ wide. Perfect with any décor—as a stand alone decorative item—or for sake to accompany an Asian-inspired meal.

Porcelain is one of the oldest Japanese crafts and art forms, dating back to the Neolithic period. Japan has an exceptionally long and successful history of ceramic production and their kilns have long-produced their beautiful blue-and-white ware. Earthenwares were created as early as 10,000–300 BCE, giving Japan one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world. Japan is further distinguished by the unusual esteem that ceramics holds within its artistic tradition, reflecting the enduring popularity of the tea ceremony.

Value: $150 ~ Donated by Anonymous

TiffanyTiffany Pendant~ This beautiful, formerly estate-owned, Tiffany vintage diamond pedant necklace has only been worn once by the current owner! The 16-inch platinum chain and solitaire diamond setting is in its original box. The round, brilliant cut diamond has a carat weight of .48, a color grade of F, and a clarity grade of VVs2. The necklace is PLT/950. Wonderful for any occasion!

Value: $2,500 ~ Donated by Katherine Murray-Morse

Secret Ingredient

Dinner for 4~ What could be more fun than hosting a wine pairing dinner for 4 in your own home and having a professional chef prepare it? Chef Brenda Simon, owner of The Secret Ingredient, and a classically trained French chef, will work with the successful bidder to create a four-course meal that will delight all who are present.

The customized dinner will include an appetizer, first course, main course and dessert, all to be delivered and plated by Chef Simon. Brenda does not provide serving staff but will help to coordinate added staff to be hired by winner, if desired, and will advise on wine pairings for the menu. Wines (six bottles) will be provided by Refugio Ranch Vineyards to accompany each course.

Value: $750 ~ Chef Brenda Simon, The Secret Ingredient, and Refugio Ranch Vineyards


Korean Bud VaseKorean Bud Vase~ A lovely addition to any table or sideboard, this delicate hand painted 20th century Korean bud vase is signed by the artist. The porcelain vase measures 5½“ wide x 5½” high.

Korean ceramic history begins with the oldest earthenware dating to around 8000 BC. Influenced by Chinese ceramics, Korean pottery developed a distinct style of its own, with its own shapes and later styles of painted decoration. Korean ceramic trends had an influence on Japanese ceramic culture.

Value: $200 ~ Donated by Anonymous

Chanel copyChanel Earrings~ Always indicative of elegance, these Chanel square interlaced logo earrings from the Spring 1995 Collection will be a wonderful addition to your personal jewelry collection. The 24-karat-gold-plated earrings are clip-on style and are a nice medium size. Originating in 1909, the high-fashion house begun by Coco Chanel specialized in haute couture,luxury goods and fashion accessories.

Value: $425 ~ Donated by Marlene Vitanza, Peregrine Galleries