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About Us

Located in the historic Oreña Adobe, James Main Fine Art has been buying and selling fine art and antiques since 1984. As a second generation dealership, we offer an extensive inventory of paintings, fine prints, photography, sculpture and antiques by American, European and Asian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. We have placed many works of art in private and public collections throughout the United States and internationally. We have a special interest in works by Santa Barbara artists Channing Peake and Edward Borein as well as other California artists. Please contact us regarding your special interests.

John Wesley Cotton (Canadian/American, 1869-1931)
Channing Peake (American, 1910-1989)

Our website illustrates only a portion of our inventory, we invite you to visit the gallery to view our full collection. If you are traveling to Santa Barbara, please make an appointment, as we are not always available.

James Main Fine Art
27 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
PH: 805 637 8632    PH: 805 962 8347

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 P.M.
Appointment suggested
Closed on holidays

The Oreña Adobe

Edward Borein outside the Oreña Adobe, 1921

Constructed in 1849 by Don Jose de la Guerra, the Oreña Adobe was originally used to house supplies brought in from ships anchored in the harbor. It was eventually purchased by Don Gaspar Oreña, who added the second story in 1858 after his marriage to de la Guerra’s daughter, Antonia Maria. It became the Oreña's fall and winter home. The property was handed down to their descendents, who remain the present day owners. The patio and additional rear structures were added by Doña Acadia Oreña Rickard, Don Gaspar’s daughter, during the building’s restoration in 1921 by architecht James Osborne Craig, who also designed the neighboring El Paseo structure.

Shortly after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1921, renowned cowboy artist Edward Borein established his studio in the Oreña Adobe, where he remained until moving into a new studio in the El Paseo in 1925.

Edward Borein in his Oreña Adobe studio.