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features 16 GRAY MATTER


In mid-December, the Santa Barbara Channel becomes the gray whale interstate highway with traffi c in the southbound lanes. Headed for a few select lagoons in Baja California, pregnant females lead the pack, eager to lose the extra 2,000 pounds of baby weight; males, juveniles and breeding females follow in a second wave. This migratory swim, and the following springtime northbound return, provides Carpinterians with a spectacular live nature show.


26 RENAISSANCE MEN OF STEEL Two brothers keep the art of blacksmithing alive in a


Summerland workshop. Plying a trade that dates back to the Bronze Age, Dan and Andy Patterson heat, bend and grind steel to create twining table legs, fanciful gates and fi re screens, railings, light fi xtures, sconces and other objects custom ordered by their clients.


34 MAKING AN IMPRESSION


For Meredith Brooks Abbott the avocado orchards and sloping foothills of Carpinteria are the inspiration behind the plein air landscapes for which she is internationally renowned. The talent inherited from her father blossomed at her Casitas Pass childhood home and has been passed to her three children. Carpinteria has always been home, even when she was living in other places. For the artist it is the light, and the light is all about the mountains and the ocean and how it traps the atmosphere.


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44 100 YEARS ON “THE MESA” One of the country’s top-rated prep schools is


celebrating its centennial and the party is in Carpinteria. Tucked in the foothills, Cate School is known for its rigorous academics and commitment to serve. Curtis Wolsey Cate started the all male boarding school in an effort to combine the academic excellence of East Coast schools with the can-do adventurous spirit of the West. Times and circumstances have changed Cate School, but the institution’s ideal of a supportive community with outstanding faculty has remained the same.


54 Q&A WITH ARMANDO GONZALEZ Behind the façade of a modest Carpinteria Avenue


storefront, gemologist Armando Gonzalez works amidst the sparkle and shine of estate jewelry. Setting diamond rings, repairing priceless heirlooms, and caring for all that glitters is all in a day’s work for the owner of Peggy’s Used Treasures. Don’t let the business’s name fool you, the elevated quality and price points of the estate jewelry, rare china and silver, and high end antiques have made Peggy’s a destination spot for serious collectors near and far.


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