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44 Montecito Magazine Fall 2018–Winter 2019 Artist-Owned Galleries By Nancy Ransohoff Portico Fine Art Gallery Artist Jordan Pope (above) has been a gallery own- er for a total of 25 years, with 17 of those on Coast Village Road. Her Portico Fine Art Gallery fea- tures the work of notable California and national artists and offers custom framing, art classes and workshops. Portico Fine Art Gallery represents 22 profes- sional living artists with varying styles and sub- ject matter ranging from California landscapes and colorful still lifes to equestrian/contemporary Western and figurative art. The gallery receives new acquisitions weekly, as artists’ submissions are rotated. “As a gallery owner, my focus is on the artists that we represent,” says Jordan. “I have been watching artists for more than 25 years in art publications, regional and national shows,” she says. “Even before I came to Santa Barbara [from Seattle] I had my ‘wish list.’” As an artist, Jordan is known for her large mas- ter-sized oil paintings of California landscapes. The secret to juggling gallery curating with teach- Our stunning slice of the Central Coast is a popular spot for artists, as well as for art lovers and collectors. An array of inviting galleries includes several that are owned by artists, who combine their creative talents with the skills required of a small business owner. Here we highlight four artist-owned galleries, each with its own distinctive personality. ing, framing and creating art? “The short answer is ‘compartmentalize,’” says Jordan. “Except for sales in the gallery, I do one thing at a time. I have certain days for each task…I also have help and have a great art studio away from the gallery.” Palm Loft Gallery Artist Arturo Tello (above), cofounder of The Oak Group with Ray Strong, became the owner of Palm Loft Gallery in September 2017. He was gallery director for 12 years before that. When choosing artists to represent, Arturo says, “aside from my Oak Group friends, for the most part I select artists who are not represented in other galleries.” A songwriter himself, Arturo has added a mu- sical element to the gallery, presenting live music at gallery receptions and song circles. “The gallery has great acoustics,” he says. “The music seems to complement the visual arts component.” Arturo enjoys designing and hanging shows that mix both established and emerging artists. Their experience and skill levels may vary, but Portico Fine Art Gallery 1235 Coast Village Road # B, Montecito 805-695-8850 / PorticoFineArt.com Palm Loft Gallery 410 Palm Avenue, Loft A-1, Carpinteria 805-684-9700 / PalmLoft.com