[Francis Scorzelli, Santa Barbara Studio Artists board president, in his studio. Image courtesy of event organizers]
No labor day plans yet? No problem. We’ve discovered an artful occasion in the works that’s worth taking a look at.
Each year, Santa Barbara Studio Artists, a consortium of Santa Barbara’s most successful, award-winning artists, opens its members’ studio doors to the public for its Annual Open Studio Tour. Offering a veritable treasure trove of art and an insider’s journey through more than 40 artist studios, the event attracts art collectors and gallery owners who travel from as far as New York and Paris to have first picks of new work by top U.S. artists that happen to live in the area.
The 7th annual tour commences with a gala exhibition from 6-9 pm on Friday, August 29th at The Arts Fund Gallery, 205 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara. Featuring artwork ranging from stone sculptures and mixed-media abstracts to plein-air landscapes and whimsical scenes in oils and watercolors, the gala offers ticketholders an opportunity to meet the artists in person and decide which studios to visit on tours taking place Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st from 11 am-5 pm.
Proceeds from this year’s event benefit The Arts Fund of Santa Barbara, a non-profit organization supporting artists and arts programming in Santa Barbara County. Pia Goldman
For tickets, maps and information, call 805-899-8854 or visit www.santabarbarastudioartists.com