At this year’s Fiesta Finale we created a “tableau vivant” of the image below, a 1926 B&W Photograph by J.W. Collinge, which we present through the courtesy of the Santa Barbara Historical Society. The photograph was hand tinted by Peggy Lindt in 1989.
“Tableau vivant” is not only a wonderful way to make art and history come to life, but it is also a tribute to those who keep our Santa Barbara traditions alive. We were thrilled to have participating in the tableau the granddaughter of one of the musicians in the original photograph, Teresa Terres, as well as Diana Vandervoort, who has been managing the annual Noches de Ronda performance at the Santa Barbara Courthouse for the past several years, succeeding her parents who had run it for decades before that.
We were honored to also have several other distinguished community members among the participants: David Bolton, Ricardo Chavez, Misuda Cohen, James Garcia, Erin Graffy de Garcia, Arleen Hurtado, Gabriela Martinez, Luis Moreno, Amanda Payatt, Richard Payatt, Mark Whirthurst, Thea Vandervoort, and Ben Woods.