Art in Public Places


From Santa Claus Lane to Carpinteria Creek Park, Carpinteria has a variety of galleries, artist boutiques, public murals and sculptures, and shops that display local artwork. CLICK HERE to download our Art in Town brochure!


Public Art Tour with John Wullbrandt

Video by Larry Nimmer



Facing Ourselves



"The portraits gently remind us that regardless of their respective histories and legacies, the subjects share the same hopes and desires, love and empathy, and wishes and dreams as we do. That they are not strangers we are coming face to face with, but rather, friends and neighbors and that we are ultimately facing ourselves.

Now, Facing Ourselves is an on-going collection of community projects that confronts the challenges, misunderstanding, and stigma and accompanies forced migration around the world. The goal is to drive the conversation of merging cultures to create compassionate communities."
     -Patricia Houghton Clarke


2018: Story Catcher Mailbox



Fires and floods the winter of 2018 - the healing process was community-wide and the Carpinteria Arts Center was honored to help.  We were part of the "Story Catcher Mailbox Project".  People wrote letters of GRIEF and PRAISE to those who helped, who lost, who hurt, who rebuilt; they placed the letters in the giant mailbox at our door.  The mailbox has since moved on and is doing good work with another community in answering a specific need.  Click HERE for more info on the project.  


Bus Benches



These bus benches can be found around Carpinteria at all bus stops!  Pictured top-left: Sara and Donna painting honeysuckle vines and butterflies. Pictured top-right: Gary painting his beautiful purple flowers.  Pictured bottom-left: Patty and Valerie prepping the bus benches. Pictured bottom-right: the finished bus benches.