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Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studio Tour


Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studio Tour

Labor Day weekend – August 31- September 2nd
Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, and Monday 11 to 2pm


Tickets available at Ruth’s studio if you want to do the Tour. Or visit
for Tour tickets and attend the
Opening Reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, at Santa Barbara Fine Art

Ruth Ellen Hoag opens her GraySpace Art Studio to visitors. See work in progress. She’ll be giving demonstrations of her painting process throughout the weekend. Many works not available on her website will be on view, both framed and unframed, and available for perusal and purchase.

See Ruth Ellen Hoag Paintings at 10 West Gallery the month of April

I will be showing seven or eight new works at 10 West Gallery the month of April with the opening reception on First Thursday.  First Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. Stop by and say hello! The gallery is at 10 West Anapamu in the heart of the downtown Arts District. The opening is from 5-8pm. It’s always a fun event!

See Ruth Ellen Hoag Paintings in Four Santa Barbara galleries

Ruth Ellen Hoag paintings are showing now at the following galleries.

Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 10th annual exhibition of 100 GRAND
100 works of art priced at $1,000 and under. Opening Thursday, December 6th, 5-8, 11 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara.

Creative Hands: A Christmas Art Sale at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

A benefit for the Museum fund, Opening Reception on Thursday, November 29.
The exhibit runs through Dec 16th.

Kathryne Designs, 1225 Coast Village Road

On-going: Visit Kathryne Designs, 1225 Coast Village Road, for beautiful gifts and, of course, paintings. Stop by to see some of my newest works in watercolor and acrylic – scenes from travels in France and new figurative abstractions.



And at Whistle Stop Art Studios

Visit Whistle Stop Art Studios and see where my paintings are created, and what is in progress at the moment. Open most days through December 31. Great selections and special prices for your holiday giving. Call or text for hours 805-689-0858.

See the Events Page for additional events.

Feature Article in Manhattan School of Music Alumni Magazine

Feature Article in Manhattan School of Music Alumni Magazine

Manhattan School of Music is my Alma Mater. I studied French horn and played professionally for 30 years. A few years ago I sent them an updated biography, including my paintings that feature musicians. Last fall the alumni department contacted me asking permission to write an article featuring my work.

You’ll find a short interview included in the current issue of the Manhattan School of Music Newsletter. I’m honored to share the link with you here. You’ll have to scroll down a little bit, but just look for the girl holding paintbrushes – that’s me, Ruth Ellen Hoag.

Music remains an important part of my life. With season tickets to the LA Philharmonic, I can feed my soul. I sit behind the first horn player, and never miss a note! It’s quite fantastic! I also use the opportunity to sketch musicians as they make their way on stage. It’s a way of living vicariously from a time in my life that brings back fond memories of music-making.


“Waiting for the Dude” ©Ruth Ellen Hoag SOLD

Painting and music are creative sisters. Notes are like brushstrokes, both require rigorous practice and exploration to find the mood and feeling of a piece. Knowledge of theory supports the finished work, but in the moment of creation, one only thinks about the expressive opportunity. I am one with the music and one with the paint.

Music Academy bass players

“Three Men on Bass”  ©Ruth Ellen Hoag SOLD

Music Academy of the West

I have a great outlet in Santa Barbara to “feed my soul” with The Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival. It’s eight weeks of world-class young musicians studying there. “Three Men on Bass” says it all: flip-flops and shorts by day, black dress by night. I’m thrilled that three of my paintings hang at the idyllic campus in The Main House, and I get to hang out with the French horn department, going to their master classes and concerts, making life-long friends along the way.

Music and art go hand in hand, as Aristotle said, “All of the arts are brothers, each one a link to the others.”

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Mural

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Mural

Ruth Ellen Hoag's Installed mural in the Funk Zone

Ruth Ellen Hoag’s Installed mural in the Funk Zone

Announcing the Public Presentation of a new work, a mural depicting the history of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone Arts District. Someone has been working 14 hour days to finish this project (me!) I’m nearly to the finish line on this gargantuan project, which has occupied me since early February. I began with presentation of concept drawings for the Arts Advisory Committee. Next I worked up detailed drawings of all the ‘characters’ including historical figures from Santa Barbara archives. The research alone too me hours. If I didn’t love this work, I couldn’t have persisted to see it to conclusion. It has been physically and mentally challenging, to say the least!

RuthEllenHoag Mural In Progress

These works in Progress totally fill my studio!

Coming up, the murals will be installed Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10 Yananali St., Santa Barbara. 

Santa Barbara Funk District Mural Site

Future location for these works

Join me for the Public Unveiling of the new mural by Ruth Ellen Hoag:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 

Finally, this project was underwritten by Santa Barbara Beautiful and supported by the City Arts Advisory Committee. The committee plans to commission additional murals for the Michael Kate Interiors and Gallery at the intersection of Yanonali and Santa Barbara Streets and at 123 Santa Barbara Street. I hope to see you there!


AWS 149th International Exhibition

AWS 149th International Exhibition

“Master Class” has been accepted into the 149th American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition.

This prestigious show of over 100 water-media paintings will be held April 4-23, 2016 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Visit for a list of participating exhibitors and more information.

This will be my second time exhibiting in AWS, and I’m honored to participate again.


"Master Class" Watercolor on Paper ©Ruth Ellen Hoag

“Master Class” Watercolor on Paper ©Ruth Ellen Hoag