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2017 Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour

11 Aug 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous


As summer draws to a close, one of Santa Barbara’s most hotly anticipated events is nearing.





The 16th Annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour is scheduled for its usual Labor Day Weekend slot. This year, that falls on Saturday through Monday, September 2-4. The unique event gives visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes as local artists pull back the curtain, revealing their private spaces to the public. In total, 45 artists — whose studios dot the map from the Funk Zone all the way to Buellton — will participate. 


While painters comprise the bulk of the hosting artists, everything from printmaking to digital media is represented.  Among the open studios are those of Santa Barbara mosaicist Betsy Gallery, whose one-of-a-kind mosaics are inspired by nature, legends, traditions and antiquity; mixed-media artist Kimberly Pratt, who works with everything from acrylics to glass; Erika Carter, a folk artist inspired by 19th-century Mexican art known as Ratablos and ex-votos; and cultural painter Holli Harmon, a self-proclaimed "contemporary traditionalist."


Betsy Gallery in her studio.


Other featured artists in the Santa Barbara and Montecito areas include Karin Aggeler, Donna Ayscough, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Danuta Bennett, Kathleen Elsey, Ann Shelton Beth, Karen Fedderson, Liz Brady, Peggy Fletcher, Wendy Brewer, Benjamin Brode, Rick Garcia, Pat Balonne, Ruth Ellen Hoag, Annie Hoffman, Lena Savage, Cynthia James, Francis Scorzelli, Masha Keating, Susan Tortorici, Pamela Larsson-Toucher, Dorene White, Cynthia Martin, Michele Zuzalek, Virginia McCracken and Rob Robinson.


In west Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, Goleta, and beyond, visitors can go to the studios of Pamela Benham, Patricia Post, Kris Buck, Tom Post, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Cathy Quiel, Kevin Gleason, Ann Sanders, Kerrie Smith, Mary Ince, Marlene Struss, Marilyn McRae, Gerry Winant and Karen McLean-McGaw. Larry R. Rankin’s studio in Buellton is open as well. 


Studios are open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Labor Day, studios open at 11am and close early at 2pm.

 

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at 10 West Gallery (10 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara). If you're on the fence about purchasing a ticket, know that proceeds from ticket sales benefit the local William Sansum Diabetes Center — a worthwhile cause.  


You can pick up your ticket at the  opening reception, on the evening of September 1. Located at 10 West Gallery, the event officially kicks off the weekend. From 5-8pm, you can preview work by each artist and plan your tour for the weekend.


Click here for complete artist listings.


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