The Arts Fund Hosts Closing Reception for The Art of Ron Robertson |

The Power of Objects: The Art of Ron Robertson, a benefit performance for the Santa Barbara Arts Fund, will end its six-week run with a closing reception, from 5-7 p.m. on August 29 at La Cumbre Plaza, Ste. H124, 121 S. Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara.

The exhibit features more than 50 works by Santa Barbara master multimedia assemblage artist Ron Robertson. All gallery sales of The Power of Objects directly benefit future Arts Fund programming, thanks to a gift from the Robertson Family Trust.

Additionally, the pop-up gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for those interested in selecting an artwork before the closing reception.

“First and foremost, I would like to express our gratitude to the Robertson Family Trust,” said Jamie Dufek, Acting Managing Director of the Arts Fund. “Ron is a long-time supporter of the Arts Fund. He has been a popular mentor who has regularly opened his studio to students as part of our teen arts mentorship program.

“The Arts Fund is delighted that the Robertson Family Trust is interested in furthering Ron’s lasting impact on the Santa Barbara community through this generous gift.”

In addition to serving as a mentor, Robertson has also served on the Board of Directors, the Gallery Committee and the Arts Fund Advisory Board.

“When the Robertson Family Trust initially approached me with this offer, I was absolutely bowled over,” Dufek said. “It was an honor to put on this show in conjunction with the family.”

All of the pieces on display are multimedia works, about half of which have been sold so far. The gallery also offers a retrospective of Robertson’s life, including his time studying printmaking in Japan and working as a stylist for the Ford Motor Company.

“Whether you want to come invest in a master of mixed media assembly, or simply take the time to immerse yourself in the life work of an incredible Santa Barbara artist from a unique and often whimsical point of view, all are welcome to drop by before the exhibition closes,” Dufek said.

The Arts Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating, funding, and administering programs and projects that promote the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County. Arts Fund programs provide opportunities for artistic education, development, and exposure to budding artists and curators. To learn more, visit artsfundsb.org.

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