Montecito Magazine 2020

Montecito continues to reinvent itself, thrive and remain vibrant. The ever-popular Portico Gallery, (now Portico Fine Art Gallery) gets creative with curbside art classes by instructor Jordan Pope. A video on the gallery’s new website shows how these outdoor classes work. Classes are held in reserved spaces in the parking lot behind the gallery and participants use the tailgate of their car as a studio, in accordance with health guidelines. Call the gallery to register. Montecito’s Upper Village is an inviting spot with plenty of outdoor space to explore and relax with distance. The Spanish-style Plaza del Sol has been a locals’ favorite for 53 years. Linger with a coffee and pastry at Pierre Lafond Market & Deli, and pick up lunch, dinner and grocery items. Browse Wendy Foster for women’s clothing, and Upstairs for a wide selection of unique gifts, art, jewelry, tabletop décor, children’s games and books, clothing and more. Relax on the outdoor patio at Montecito Wine Bistro for happy hour or dinner. Or sit under the trees and watch the world go by at the adjacent Corner Green Park. Across the street, stop in at the Montecito Coffee Shop, where locals have enjoyed friendly service and down-home food since the 1960s. Owner Debbie Ousey has expanded patio and outdoor seating for added comfort and safety. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s John and Peggy Maximus Gallery, Beneath a Wild Sky: Stories of America’s Lost Birds has been held over until September 7, 2020. The exhibit features original prints made from 18th- and 19th-century drawings by artists including John James Audubon. uring these uncertain times, local businesses need to adapt and pivot frequently, which sometimes means changes in their hours. Before you visit any of the listed merchants, please check their website or call directly to verify hours and days of operation. 58 Montecito Magazine Summer–Fall 2020 Art, Wine & Food D ˙ BY NANCY RANSOHOFF ˙ ART BY CHRISTINE FLANNERY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~