Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) August 06, 2014
Santa Barbara, California has become a choice worldwide destination for fans of weather, wine and weddings – and for the past 13 years, for collectors and connoisseurs of original fine art. The Santa Barbara Studio Artists 13th annual Open Studios Tour offers an insider’s access to the studios of Santa Barbara's leading professional artists. The two-day event takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, throughout exclusive and historical neighborhoods of Santa Barbara County. The 2014 festivities also include a month-long preview exhibition and a special reception. The Open Studios Tour presents Santa Barbara area visitors and residents, art collectors and enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to meet dozens of acclaimed artists, tour their private studios and experience the workings of a professional artist’s studio.
The two-day self-guided driving tour takes visitors through the region known as the “American Riviera:” Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta and north through Santa Barbara’s wine country to Buellton. Some 36 studios will be open for tour guests. The art is as distinctive and diverse as the award-winning artists themselves, ranging from landscape, contemporary, and figurative painting to sculpture, mosaics and assemblage. A complete schedule of events is below and more information is available at http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com.
“The Open Studios Tour gives art collectors and enthusiasts a rare chance to experience art outside of a gallery or museum setting,” said Francis Scorzelli, Santa Barbara Studio Artists Board President. “There is nothing like meeting face-to-face with the artists who create these pieces, and our Tour artists are excited to welcome those who seek to appreciate the creative process.”
The Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour has achieved wide-reaching popularity, attracting visitors to the community, and creating the opportunity for art collectors to ‘discover’ and purchase directly from renowned and rising star artists.
Key factors that distinguish Santa Barbara Studio Artists from other Open Studio Tours are that 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.
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales for this year’s Open Studios Tour will be donated to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Healing Arts Program. This support will help the hospital purchase artwork from local artists that reflects the beauty and vibrancy of the Central Coast.
In 2013 a Year-Round Visits program was added. Subject to the availability of the artist, a number of artist members are opening their studios, at very short notice, to individuals and groups who may wish for a private visit. For more information, visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com.
Schedule of Events for the 2014 Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour:
Open Studios Tour (Main Event), Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24
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.
Month-long Preview Exhibition, July 30 – August 26, 2014
The month-long Preview Exhibition features works from the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and gives attendees the opportunity to plan which of the 36 studios to visit during the two-day tour.
Opening Artists’ Reception, August 22
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.
Tickets: $18 if purchased before August 1, $20 August 2 and on, or $15 each for groups of two or more. Ticket price includes the Opening Artists’ Reception and the Tour. For tickets, maps and more information call 805-280-9178 or visit http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com/2014-studio-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.