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


The Sound of Color at Whistle Stop Arts

Join us, Thursday, November 5th, at 5 p.m. for an artists reception.

Paintings by members of Whistle Stop Studio will be on view:

Refreshments and colorful music add to the festive atmosphere.

220 W. Canon Perdido, Suite D

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 – 805-689-0858



  • Deborah Filippini
  • Anne Fraser
  • Marjorie Goodrich
  • Victoria Hines
  • Colleen Janee
  • Marianne Kugler
  • Russell Mueller
  • Peggy Odgers
  • Marlies Petersen
  • Jerilyn Robinson
  • Nancy Shepherd
  • Susan Whisenand
  • Joyce Wilson

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