Saturday, August 28, 2010

Santa Barbara Artists Open Studio Tour

A treasure trove of world-class original art and a rare peek inside artists' studios is much anticipated each year when Santa Barbara's leading artists open their private studios for the annual Open Studios tour. This year's program has been expanded to include a month-long preview exhibition giving tour attendees extra time to plan which of the more than 40 studios they want to visit during the visually enticing two-day tour.

The Open Studios Tour guides visitors to charming artists' studios through the stunning back roads, neighborhoods and estates throughout Santa Barbara on Saturday August 28th and Sunday August 29th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Prior to the tour there will be two exhibition parties at the Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery located at 1324 State Street (at Arlington Plaza,) Santa Barbara, CA. The artists from the tour will be in attendance at the parties, and one piece of each artist's work will be on display. During these festive soirees, collectors and tour participants mingle and strategize about which studios to visit during the tour.

The Advance Party is from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 5th. (This is the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization's 'First Thursday' celebration, and is also the 2nd day of Fiesta.)

The second Opening Reception will take place 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday August 27th.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Annual Tour has had international acclaim since 2002 featuring: landscape, contemporary, and figurative painting; sculpture and assemblage; and abstract, impressionist, and expressionist styles by top US artists based in Santa Barbara. 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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