A multimedia exhibit showcasing works by local artists — Wit and Whimsy: Selections from the Collection of Michael and Nancy Gifford — is on view now until spring, the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture has announced.

The public is invited to an opening reception during the Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., Nov. 7 at Channing Peake Gallery in the County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu St. Nancy Gifford’s large-scale piece called LAMENT is on permanent view at the Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch.

In 2018, the Giffords donated almost 300 pieces by local artists to the county. Wit and Whimsy is an inaugural exploration of the recently acquired collection, acting as a springboard for future projects and exhibits countywide. This public debut highlights the talent and diversity of artists living and practicing in Santa Barbara County.

Artist and long-time county Art in Public Places committee member Cynthia Martin and county Office of Arts and Culture curator Julia Rutherford Daly served as co-curators of the exhibit that was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture serves under the county’s Community Services Department as the local governmental umbrella for all arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. The agency represents a partnership between the county and city of Santa Barbara.

For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives and projects. For more information, visit https://www.sbac.ca.gov/.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a 15-member county commission appointed by the county Board of Supervisors, with three members from each of the five supervisorial districts who make recommendations to the board on cultural arts policy.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission was founded in 1977 by the Board of Supervisors to act as coordinator and catalyst, bringing government, artist and public together for the cultural benefit of all.

— Sarah York Rubin for Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture.