January 2022
We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the organization, local Carpinterian, Joyce Donaldson. Joyce’s senior management role, as Outreach Director, will direct the corporate relationships, membership programs, and marketing outreach activities. Joyce will also oversee all major events sponsored by the Arts Center and coordinate collaborative programs and events with community businesses and nonprofit organizations. "We are excited and energized to have someone of Joyce's caliber join our ranks, as her extensive nonprofit background and professional skills honed over the last twenty years are a perfect fit for the Arts Center” said Linda Rosso, Executive Director.
Joyce brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise which will help expand the Arts Center's community footprint. With eighteen years of Chamber of Commerce leadership background, and the former President and CEO of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Joyce is eager to immerse herself into the new role. “I am thrilled to bring my passion for blending culture and commerce to further enhance the solid foundation that the current leadership team has built and in the past 6 years of living, working and playing in Carpinteria, I have been in awe of the positive impact the Arts Center has provided and look forward to helping them achieve their future goals and aspirations," said Joyce.
Joyce’s professional background, education, and skill set will dovetail nicely with the Art Center's mission of inspiring creativity and inclusion by connecting with the community through the arts. Prior experience included managing events such as the internationally renowned Southwest Arts Festival while serving as President/CEO of the Indio Chamber; and her creative team was awarded an American Advertising Award (ADDY) for five consecutive years. In addition, her successful experience with grants is a tremendous asset to the Arts Center. Joyce secured the Cool City grant from the Governor’s Office to enhance the arts and culture scene in the historic village of Romeo, Michigan where she served as Executive Director of the Greater Romeo Chamber for seven years. Under Joyce’s leadership, all Carpinterians remember the annual Community Awards Gala and the Culinary Crawl events. “Joyce needs no introduction to the community and becoming a part of the leadership team will only hasten the expansion of the Arts Center’s offerings further out into the community” said Alan Koch, Board Chair.
Joyce has been an Arts Center Honorary Board Member for two years and is a member of various non-profit organizations including the Carpinteria Women’s Club, Compassionate Care of Carpinteria, and California Women in Agriculture-Carpinteria. You can contact Joyce at
Introducing Salvador Mesa, Accounting Specialist
Congratulation to our bookkeeper, Elsa McFarlin, on her new baby boy. We will miss Elsa and look forward to meeting her new bundle of joy.

Salvador Mesa will take on the accounting responsibilities. Salvador (Sal) Mesa was born and raised in Santa Barbara and attended Dos Pueblos High School. From there he served in the United States Marine Corp. (1979-1984). He now lives in Ventura and possesses more than 20 years of accounting experience. He also graduated from Ventura College in 2017 with an AA in Mechanical Drafting and Architecture.

In his spare time, he likes to go hiking, play golf, or just have BBQs with family and friends. Most of all, he loves to hang out with his adult sons, Joseph and Eric, and of course, his granddaughter who is just starting school in 2022. The next big thing in his life will be the arrival of his grandson in March of 2022. You can contact Sal at
Exhibit Opens Friday, January 14th
2022 Classes, Workshops & Tours
The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center offers programing for everyone, young and old, locals and visitors alike. The arts enrich our lives in countless ways, and we hope you find something here that brings you joy!

No family should be discouraged from applying to our classes and workshops because of lack of funds - we have tuition assistance awarded on the basis of need.

Note: Classes with an asterisk * indicates that the instructor requires students to be fully vaccinated. All in person classes will follow government safety guidelines and are contingent upon current local government restrictions at the time the classes occur.

Spring programs and classes start in February. Sign up early to guarantee a spot.
For questions, call 805.684.7789
Call For Volunteers
Moving into the new year, the gallery plans to extend our days and hours. We are in need of new hosts and volunteers. Please consider volunteering as this is a great opportunity to get to know your home town arts center and meet visitors from all over the world. Volunteers can also attend special events!

The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center depends on the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers. An invitation for volunteer training will be sent to new volunteers. Please sign up below.

We are Grateful for the Support
of our Community Partners
Montecito Bank and Trust
Holiday Sponsorship
Matched holiday
donations of $2,500
3 Day Blind
In-Kind Donation
Window blinds for the cottage
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