Santa Barbara Studio Artists Announce 2012 Annual Open Studios Tour

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Leading California Artists Showcased in Visually Enticing Two-Day Tour, August 25 & 26, 2012 Santa Barbara Studio Artists announces their 11th annual Open Studios Tour taking place throughout Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 2012. A month-long preview exhibition and two special receptions are also scheduled as part of the 2012 event festivities. The Open Studios Tour presents Santa Barbara area visitors and residents with a rare opportunity to meet more than 35 acclaimed artists and tour their 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.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists announces their 11th annual Open Studios Tour taking place throughout Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 2012. A month-long preview exhibition and two special receptions are also scheduled as part of the 2012 event festivities. The Open Studios Tour presents Santa Barbara area visitors and residents with a rare opportunity to meet more than 35 acclaimed artists and tour their private studios. A complete schedule of events is 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 visual art and access to 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.

“We sought to revive the tradition of patrons visiting artists in their studios and we wanted to promote Santa Barbara as an arts destination,” says Francis Scorzelli, President of the Santa Barbara Studio Artists Board of Directors. “We are thrilled that in just over 10 years, our once fledgling event is now an established, annual highlight for our region.”

As of last year, which marked the 10th Anniversary of the event, Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour has doubled in size and studio tours have gained popularity nationally 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.

Key factors that distinguish 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 2012 Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour:

  •     Open Studios Tour (Main Event), Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26

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 are provided for self-guided driving tour through stunning back roads and estates.
o    Date: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26
o    Time: 11 am - 5 pm
o    Location: Various locations around the greater Santa Barbara County area

  •     Month-long Preview Exhibition, August 2 - 29

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 2 through 29
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, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (across from the Arlington Theatre)

  •     Preview Exhibition Opening – Viva la Fiesta!, August 2

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 plan which studios to visit.
o    Date: Thursday, August 2
o    Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
o    Location: Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street Ste J, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (across from the Arlington Theatre)

  •     Opening Artists’ Reception, August 24

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 24
o    Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
o    Location: Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street Ste J, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (across from the Arlington Theatre)

Tickets are $18 if purchased before August 2, $20 August 3 and on, or $15 each when purchased in groups of two or more. Ticket price includes the Opening Artists’ Reception and the Tour. August 24th reception tickets are $5 and can be credited toward the purchase of a Tour ticket. No ticket purchase is necessary to attend the Preview Exhibition Opening on August 2. For tickets, maps and more information call 805-280-9178, or visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/tour.

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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