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Abstracts I

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Upcoming Events

ESB April Happy Hour
April 13 @ 5:30 - 7:30pm

Join the Epicurean team, fellow members and guests for a spring time Happy Hour at an awesome gallery downtown!

Although ESB centers itself around culinary experiences, we are first and foremost a social club, so come meet fellow members and member guests while enjoying wine, food and good conversation! All members and non-members are welcome to register. We look forward to seeing you all!

Bring your event ideas and share them with the team! We are eager to know what you look forward to experiencing as an Epicurean!

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1st Thursdays Art Walk
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Every month Tamsen Gallery participates in1stThursdays Art Walk. It provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to indulge in local culture, mingle with neighbors and participate in the arts community.

Join us for a glass of wine, socialize and enjoy taking in the vibrant artworks and accessories by visual artist Robert W. Firestone.

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Artist Statement

Robert W. Firestone

As a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and author, I have devoted myself to helping people face their personal demons, come to know themselves and challenge their psychological pain and suffering. As an artist, I have attempted to live a creative life, searching and striving for meaning and beauty. Working with the computer as a creative instrument, I have attempted to invent something feelingful, sensitive and beautiful out of an unfeeling machine.

Passion and creativity are the antithesis of cynicism and despair. Intimidated by the issue of death and dying, we often turn our backs on life and feeling; we could, instead, choose to embrace life. We are, each one of us, fragile and helpless, and are therefore all sisters and brothers. Ideally, that would inspire empathy, tolerance and generosity toward one another. I live and share life closely with a multitude of people, and try to exemplify a sense of love, enlightenment and joy in being and becoming. My art and my insights into life are a very personal offering, a simple sharing of my feelings and perceptions. In my artistic productions, I utilize a variety of images, impressions and approaches to address the fullness and complexity of my experience. In all of my work, I try to blend color and composition into an enjoyable visual adventure.

My artistic endeavors are characterized by the use of a variety of vivid and vibrant colors symbolizing the rich array of human feelings and emotions. As a therapist, I help people challenge their psychological defenses, allowing them to achieve closer, more meaningful relationships. Confronting their anxieties and addressing their most painful issues allows them to recover their deepest feelings and become more fully alive. As an artist, I wish to inspire a deep feeling for people as well as an appreciation for aesthetics. In both fields, I aspire to make a contribution to people’s appreciation of life and personal fulfillment.


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The Tamsen Gallery features the vibrant work of visual artist Robert W. Firestone. Firestone’s art portrays the human psyche and its colorful emotional experience, drawing inspiration from his experience as a clinical psychologist.

From vivid dreams printed on glossy acrylic to geometric cityscapes laser cut from metal to dynamic portraits printed on canvas, the Tamsen Gallery offers a rich visual experience in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Tamsen Gallery

Tamsen Gallery


911 1/2 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Open Hours

MON                      CLOSED
TUES-WED            11AM - 5PM
THURS                   11AM - 6PM
FRI-SAT                  11AM - 7PM
SUNDAY                12PM - 5PM
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