Huguette Marcelle Clark Exhibit Extended to June 26 | Arts & Entertainment

Posted on June 2, 2022
| 5:18 p.m.

A pop-up display of Clark family artifacts relating to Old Spanish Days also is on view at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
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A pop-up display of Clark family artifacts relating to Old Spanish Days also is on view at Santa Barbara Historical Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Huguette Marcelle Clark: A Portrait of the Artist, the first exhibition of the Santa Barbara heiress’ artwork since 1931, has been extended two weeks at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. de la Guerra St.

Also, starting June 2, a special pop-up will display Spanish shawls, dresses, and intricately designed accessories from the family’s collection of items relating to Old Spanish Days, a Santa Barbara tradition that began in 1924.

The exhibit and pop-up are presented in collaboration with the Bellosguardo Foundation. Both run through Sunday, June 26.

“This has been such a wonderful opportunity to share Huguette’s talent as an artist and her connections to Santa Barbara,” said museum director Dacia Harwood. “Due to the immense popularity of the collaborative exhibition, we’re happy to extend it so as many as possible can see it, and the Fiesta-related items make a delightful addition.”

The display, which opened in February, includes self-portraits, portraits, a still life, a ballerina, and a Spanish dancer. Several of the works selected, all oils, were conserved in anticipation of the exhibition. Also on view is a selection of personal items from Clark’s photo albums and scrapbooks, which illustrate her childhood and early life in Santa Barbara.

As a young woman, Clark studied painting with renowned portraitist Tadeusz (Tadé) Styka, whose portrait of Clark is also on view in the exhibit. Not only a painter, Clark was also a musician and collector of decorative and fine art, costumes, exquisitely fashioned dolls, and fine jewels.

Born in 1906, Clark was the daughter of copper magnate and U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark. She spent much of her childhood and early adulthood in Santa Barbara at the 23-acre, oceanfront Bellosguardo estate, the family’s summer home. She inherited the property in 1963.

Upon her death in 2011 at the age of 104, Clark bequeathed the estate to the Bellosguardo Foundation with the goal of transforming it into a focal point for art and culture in Santa Barbara and beyond.

Admission to the museum is free. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and noon-7 p.m. Thursdays. For more, visit

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