Waterhouse Art Gallery Adds Their Positive Energy to the Montecito Art Scene

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 Santa Barbara’s most enduring art gallery – The Waterhouse Gallery – has opened an additional new gallery to bless Montecito with a place to gather for high quality, traditional contemporary art. Its definitely stimulating to see the quality and genius of masters who lift your spirits, tantalize your senses, and stimulate your wanderlust nature. Located at Coast Village Plaza, this cozy center is a treat to visit again and again.

The owners, Diane and Ralph Waterhouse, have been residing in Santa Barbara for decades and opened their first gallery in La Arcada Plaza (1114 State Street, Suite 9) in 1984. Today, the couple is excited to expand their cultural outreach in a different location.

Featuring a host of national and local professional artists, this space is divided up into different genres, including figurative paintings and landscape-based art depicting Santa Barbara as well as other regions. Diane explains, “Traditional contemporary work is something we are passionate about. We showcase art that we enjoy owning and displaying at our own home.”

Each one of the Waterhouse power-couple complements the other in this artistic endeavor, with Ralph Waterhouse being a renowned painter and Diane Waterhouse possessing a talent and an eye for finding captivating art. Their dynamic partnership extends beyond business to philanthropic outreach work. “We certainly work seamlessly together and are a great team,” Diane acknowledges.

As art lovers who have been a part of the business for almost four decades, their knowledge is second to none. They enjoy discussing their experiences, which will certainly enrapture any art lover. If you are kind-of shy, do not worry about venturing to a new location! Diane has a knack for making friends within minutes. Their galleries are totally non-threatening and a very easy place to feel comfortable.

Ralph and Diane Waterhouse celebrating their Santa Barbara’s gallery with Wyllis Heaton at the anniversary

The Waterhouses are renowned for their experience and expertise in the art community and have gradually built close relationships with various world-class artists, such as Scott M. Haskins, Conservator of Fine Art in Santa Barbara. The latter is a magician when it comes to resuscitating or maintaining paintings that require restoration. Fine Art Conservation Laboratories is a highly reputed institution, since invaluable paintings that sustain damage from smoke, flood, or fire are brought back to life here. Mr. Haskins revealed that during various house visits, he is stunned to find paintings procured from the Waterhouse Gallery. “The quality of artists they choose to showcase is top-notch,” he added.

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories – Virginia Panizzon, Art Conservator, works on historical paintings for Casa Romantica in San Clemente, CA

When you decide to visit this gallery, be prepared to fall in love with the art pieces displayed here. Diane believes in choosing art that touches her heart and brings her joy. Each piece of art displayed here will stir your emotions and prompt you to recall stories from your past. From figurative paintings to depictions of local landscapes such as Butterfly Beach, the Historical Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Arroyo Burro Beach, you will find masterpieces that will force you to embark on an unforgettable journey.  “Interestingly enough, both the tourists and the locals enjoy art that showcases local scenes,” Diane exclaimed.

The art gallery in Montecito was opened on April 1, 2023, and the Waterhouses  are consistently excited about the prospect of interacting with other art-lovers through their gallery. In particular, Diane enjoys watching people buy their first-ever painting. “I always tell them that you should buy any piece of art that touches your heart; otherwise, you will live with regret,” she said. Simply put, something that looks great in the gallery may look even better in your home. You can even try it out in your home before you decide!

Questions? Call Diane Waterhouse 805 886 2988

Art Conservation questions?

Call Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator 805 564 3438

See more in the featured Plein-Aire Magazine article

See more about the featured artists – https://www.waterhousegallery.com/index.html

Article By Meghana Venkata, Guest Blogger,  @venkatameghana

Meghana Venkata is a freelance writer and copy editor, currently pursuing a Master’s Degree.


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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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18 Responses to Waterhouse Art Gallery Adds Their Positive Energy to the Montecito Art Scene

  1. Adrian says:

    Some galleries feel cold and unwelcoming and I don’t like being there. That’s not the case with the galleries run by Ralph and Diane. Here you’ll feel in your own element, you will feel art lives here. I highly recommend visiting.

  2. Charles Stewart says:

    I can attest to Diane’s knack for making friends within minutes! She has a sparkling personality that attracts people towards her. I liked her genuine smile and energy and can’t wait to visit again.

  3. Kayla says:

    I have a friend that owns a painting from Ralph Waterhouse and it’s lovely. I think he’s very talented and you can see his love for art in the painting.

  4. Jordan says:

    Seeing someone buy their first-ever painting must be exhilarating! They’re embarking on something so special. I remember buying my first piece over 20 years ago. It’s an experience I will never forget.

  5. Julian says:

    It’s hard for me to understand how you can bring paintings back to life when they were affected by smoke and/or fire. I think there’s actually magic involved! I just can’t explain it and Scott M. Haskins does it all the time!

  6. Alexa Rogers says:

    They opened their first gallery in 1984! They must have seen and experienced so many good and not so good things over the years. I would love to read an interview with them where they share their experience with art galleries.

    • Landon says:

      It would be great if someone would do such an interview. You can learn a lot from people who have been in this business for 30 years. I’m certain there’s a lot of stories to tell…

  7. Tyler says:

    I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting The Waterhouse Gallery but when I’m in Santa Barbara next month I will make it a priority.

  8. Perry says:

    Diane Waterhouse (I’m guessing she’s the one in the first image) looks so happy to be there! It makes you want to visit the art gallery right now!

    • Lauren Cooper says:

      Diane is very friendly and absolutely LOVES what she does! Once you meet her, you will feel that wonderful energy she gives out!

  9. Melanie S. says:

    “You can even try it out in your home before you decide!” – does this mean you can take art pieces home before actually paying for them? How does this work?

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