Saturday in the Museum with Robin

Image: Robin Gowen, The Massing Hills II (2015).

To cap off our week of celebrating Santa Barbara wine country – including our visitor’s guide for wine lovers and the not short history of the wine region – we thought it appropriate to highlight an artist with roots in the area for our Saturday art post.

This work is entitled The Massing Hills II.  It was featured in an exhibit put on by the Sullivan Goss gallery downtown called, The Art of Santa Barbara, 1875-2016.  The gallery site indicates it was sold, which we presume means it is in private hands.

The limited bio for Gowen indicates that she lives in the Santa Barbara region, was born in 1957, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and raised in New Hampshire and Nigeria.  Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Wellesley College, she also writes novels under the name Robin Winter.  She is married to a professor at UCSB who studies geology and paleobotany.  She often finds subject matter when traveling with her spouse when he is doing work in the field.

Geology is another connection to this week’s posts by way of Brenna Quigley, who studied geology at USCB.  Her podcast Roadside Terroir explores the geology and history of the region and was immensely valuable to us as we researched.  It is a great listen to anyone interested in wine and terroir or the region.  She is currently working on a second season that will focus on Burgundy.


That is it for us on Santa Barbara – at least for a little while.  If you are in D.C., there are several wine shops that sell wine from the region, a list is included at the end of our guide.  And remember if you are looking for a place to eat in Washington, D.C., that is our primary purpose!!  We like to think of ourselves as the best way to find a great place to eat in the District.

Our dining guide has more than 300 recommended restaurants in D.C.  You can sort by cuisine, neighborhood, and current operating status (dine-in and/or take-out, etc.) in either LIST or MAP format.

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