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Cartoonist’s Opus-Inspired Surfboard to Be Up for Bid at Santa Barbara Middle School Auction

Berekley Breathed, Santa Barbara Middle School parent and creator of the “Bloom County” cartoon, painted his character Opus on a surfboard shaped by Dave Johnson of Progressive Surfboards that will be up for bid at the school’s “Gilligan’s Island” annual dinner and auction on May 3.

Berekley Breathed, Santa Barbara Middle School parent and creator of the “Bloom County” cartoon, painted his character Opus on a surfboard shaped by Dave Johnson of Progressive Surfboards that will be up for bid at the school’s “Gilligan’s Island” annual dinner and auction on May 3.  (Santa Barbara Middle School photo)

By Sue Carmody for Santa Barbara Middle School |

Catch the wave and island vibe at Santa Barbara Middle School’s “Gilligan’s Island” annual dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Rockwood’s Women’s Center.

Berekley Breathed, SBMS parent and renowned illustrator, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and creator of the well-loved “Bloom County” cartoon, has generously drawn and painted his cartoon character, Opus, on a surfboard, shaped by Dave Johnson of Progressive Surfboards, that will be up for bid at the SBMS live auction.

This art project began with sixth-grade-inspired Jackson Pollock artists creating the playful base layer of the surfboard with their splatter paint artistry; Breathed then added Opus hanging ten onto the colorful surfboard.

Other event highlights include one-week stays at spectacular beachfront homes in Nicaragua and Kauai, and a stunning freshwater pearl necklace courtesy of Gaspar Jewelers.

Lorraine Lim Catering will serve mai tais and a gourmet Pan-Asian inspired dinner.

Proxy bids are being accepted for all items, including Breathed’s surfboard. Contact Christine Cowles Bergamin at [email protected].

— Sue Carmody is a community outreach coordinator for Santa Barbara Middle School.




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