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Meet Lety Garcia of Linden Studio in Carpinteria

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lety Garcia. She and her team share her story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Lety grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, where as soon as she could, began going to the art shows at the beach boardwalk on Sundays. These long afternoons of looking at art and speaking with the artists would inform her early interest in painting and photography. At the age of twelve, she met her first art mentor – a neighbor who painted large canvases on her porch. With some convincing, this neighbor continuously let Lety be an observer while she painted. Soon enough, she was drawing from still lifes that the neighbor would set up so that Lety could draw while she painted. This mentorship experience left a lasting impression on Lety and continues to inspire her even now and informs the causes she supports.

Following an education in the Arts at UC Santa Barbara, Lety worked as a Registrar in the Collections Management Dept at Santa Barbara Museum of Art where it was her pleasure to be surrounded by the art of the masters in their permanent collection. Most recently, she was Programs and Public Relations Manager at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara where she was pivotal in creating events and programs that sought to increase participation from under-represented and under-served students.

Currently, Lety is a partner at Linden Studios, 963 Linden Ave in Carpinteria where she, along with painters Leigh Sparks and Kim Snyder, opened a working studio/gallery space in the heart of Carpinteria’s downtown. Lety can be found painting in the studio several days a week.

Lety was instrumental in the initial coordination of the annual Carpinteria Artist Studios Tour that began in May 2007 and is currently involved with the creation of a Carpinteria Teen Arts Mentorship Program with the support of the Carpinteria Arts Center; where she serves as a member of the board.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
While I have enjoyed and prospered from the early, childhood discovery of my interest in painting in particular – it was to be a long, winding road to get to the point in life where I could focus more time and attention to painting as a means of how I spend my time mainly. While I also juggle a couple of other work-related responsibilities to make financial ends meet, I am happy to say that three days a week I can be found painting in a studio where I can then show my work! So grateful for this long-time in coming dream.

Please tell us about Linden Studio.
Linden Studio is a collaborative art space I share with two other painters; Leigh Sparks and Kim Snyder. We each have a particular style and approach painting in our own ways, but as we like to say; we hang well together! I am proud of the fact that we have taken this small, unique space and have turned into a source of art making as well as art viewing. It is not always that you can walk in and talk with the artist and/or maker while they are working and we encourage that! I also provide painting lessons to those who wish to work on their painting skills.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We have been, thankfully, doing great! Community support for us and this space has been fantastic! Only there since February, not enough time yet to look back and think of changes because so far, so good!

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Image Credit:
Kim Snyder and Veronica Garcia; photographers

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