Art at the JCC Presents: Art Collective’s 3rd Annual ArtSEE fundraiser


Opening Reception

Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 2:00-4:30 pm


On Sunday, June 4th from 2:00-4:30 pm, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s Art at the JCC will host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, the Abstract Art Collective’s 3rd Annual ArtSEE fundraiser.


The Abstract Art Collective (AAC) exhibit and art sale to benefit SEE International will be on display from June 4-August 18, 2017 at the Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara. The beneficiary, SEE International, is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization whose volunteer eye surgeons generously work to restore sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide.


ArtSEE features a 100-piece GRID WALL display of original 10” x 10” abstract artworks, created and donated by AAC members and offered for sale at $100 each on a first-come-first-choose basis. 100% of the proceeds from GRID WALL sales will be donated to SEE International.


Also on display is a juried exhibition of larger abstract works by AAC members. The juror for the exhibit is Daniel Barnett, Academy Director/Art Instructor, Visual Arts and Design Academy, Santa Barbara High School. Twenty-five percent of sales from the juried pieces will be donated to benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s community programs.


The ArtSEE exhibit includes a wide range of abstract media – painting, assemblage/collage, printmaking, photography and digital art. Abstract art encompasses as many processes as there are artists. One artist may work in an intuitive arc – not knowing how a piece will begin or end. Another may have a defined concept and their artwork is not finished until that concept is expressed to their satisfaction.



About SEE International

SEE International envisions a world where no one is needlessly blind. SEE is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical, surgical, and educational services by volunteer ophthalmic surgeons to restore sight and give the gifts of hope, opportunity and independence to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. Since 1974, SEE has examined over 3.65 million men, women, and children, and performed more than 440,000 sight-restoring surgeries.


About the Abstract Art Collective

The Abstract Art Collective is a group of Santa Barbara-area community members who organized in 2011 to exhibit their abstract artwork in an all-abstract environment. The 100+ member group supports a broad range of media and adheres to a definition of abstract art that includes conceptual work where some forms may be recognizable. For information on joining the Abstract Art Collective or to receive announcements regarding exhibitions, please visit the web site:

Gallery Hours:


Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Closed weekends. 


Please call in advance of your visit, as the gallery is often used for classes and events, (805) 957-1115.


Exhibit is open to the public. Free admission.

Art at the JCC

Artist and collector Eli Luria (z"l) launched Art at the JCC in 1999 to provide high-caliber, strongly-themed exhibits for the Santa Barbara community. The exhibit openings often feature gallery talks and panels with artists, curators and collectors that draw lively crowds.


Art at the JCC is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Through its exhibition and outreach programs, Art at the JCC honors and shares the universality of Jewish values, history and culture through various forms of artistic expression. The purpose of Art at the JCC is to provide Central Coast and other artists from all disciplines the opportunity to bring their work to the Santa Barbara community. Because art is a universal language, our programs will cross all boundaries of religion, race, gender and age, and strive to maintain communication. Its mission is to promote identification and connectedness to the Jewish community and the community at large.