Santa Barbara Studio Artists Announce 10th Anniversary Open Studios Tour - 38 Leading U.S. Artists Showcased in Visually Enticing Two-Day Tour, August 27 & 28, 2011

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Santa Barbara Studio Artists announces the 10th anniversary of their annual Open Studios Tour taking place throughout Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. A month-long preview exhibition and two opening parties are also scheduled as part of the 10th Anniversary festivities. A complete schedule of events follows below and more information is available at http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/.

“We sought to revive the tradition of patrons visiting artists in their studios and we wanted to promote Santa Barbara as an arts destination.” - Dorothy Churchill Johnson

Santa Barbara Studio Artists announces the 10th anniversary of their annual Open Studios Tour taking place throughout Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. A month-long preview exhibition and two opening parties are also scheduled as part of the 10th Anniversary festivities. A complete schedule of events follows below and more information is available at http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists (SBSA) Open Studios Tour features a treasure trove of world-class original art and a view inside Santa Barbara’s leading artists’ private studios. The two-day self-guided driving tour steers visitors to artists’ studios through the stunning back roads, charming neighborhoods and estates of one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world. Tour guests will discover an award-winning wonderland of landscape, contemporary, and figurative painting, as well as sculpture and assemblage.

In 2002, when Santa Barbara Studio Artists founding member Dorothy Churchill Johnson and others came up with the idea of artists banding together for an Open Studios Tour, it was rather a novel one.

Churchill Johnson says, “We sought to revive the tradition of patrons visiting artists in their studios and we wanted to promote Santa Barbara as an arts destination.”

Since that time, Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour has doubled in size and Open Studio Tours have gained popularity across the country as a way for artists to showcase their work, for communities to attract visitors, and to give art collectors the opportunity to purchase directly from artists at studio prices.

One key factor that distinguishes Santa Barbara Studio Artists from other Open Studio Tours is that SBSA membership is juried and participating artists are top professionals in the visual arts. Many of their works have been showcased on the walls of prestigious galleries, museums and private and corporate collections from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and elsewhere.

Today, regional, national and international collectors, interior designers and gallery owners plan trips to Santa Barbara during the Open Studios Tour weekend to view and purchase premier one-of-a kind art works.

Schedule of Events for the 10th Annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour:

  •     Month-long Preview Exhibition

The month-long Preview Exhibition features works from the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and gives attendees the opportunity to plan which of the more than 40 studios to visit during the two-day tour.
o    Date: Thursday, August 4 through 28.
o    Time: 10 am – 6 pm Mon-Sat, 10 am – 2 pm Sun
o    Location: Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street Ste J

  •     Preview Exhibition Opening – Viva la Fiesta!

In conjunction with the Downtown Organization's ‘First Thursday’, art collectors and tour participants are invited to attend the Preview Exhibition opening and meet the artists while enjoying food and wine, and strategizing which studios to visit. No ticket purchase necessary to attend.

o    Date: Thursday, August 4
o    Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
o    Location: Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street Ste J

  •     Opening Artists’ Reception

The artists will be in attendance during this festive soiree with one piece of each artist’s work on display. Collectors and tour participants are invited to meet the artists and enjoy food and wine.
o    Date: Friday, August 26
o    Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
o    Location: Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street Ste J

  •     Open Studios Tour (Main Event)

Santa Barbara Studio Artists (SBSA) Open Studios Tour features a treasure trove of world-class original art and a view inside Santa Barbara’s leading artists’ private studios. Maps provided for self-guided driving tour through stunning back roads and estates.
o    Date: Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28
o    Time: 11 am - 5 pm
o    Location: Various locations around the greater Santa Barbara area

Tickets are $25 and available for purchase until Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket price includes both exhibition parties and the tour itself. For tickets, maps and more information call 805-280-9178, or visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional fine artists dedicated to raising the profile of Santa Barbara as a destination for the arts.

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