Labor Day weekend – go inside SBSA Tour

Santa Barbara has always been both a refuge and an inspiration for artists from all over the world. The natural beauty drew famous artists such as Collin Campbell Cooper in the late 19th century, and has been drawing accomplished professionals ever since. According to the last census, Santa Barbara has the fifth largest population of artists in the country.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit organization of visual artists who maintain working studios in Santa Barbara County, but whose work shows mainly in other places. Our purpose is to introduce great local artists to a new audience and to increase public awareness of Santa Barbara as an important destination for art and culture.

one of the 30 artists whose studio you can see

Karen Fedderson is just one of the 30 artists whose studio you can see

K Fedderson-Sunswept II

Karen in process with a very large canvas

In addition to their good work, each participant is selected for their exhibition and sales history, and for their interesting studio space. Work ranges from quintessential California landscape to cutting edge abstraction, photography, and sculpture. There are many exciting new artists on the tour this year, so people who like to come every year will have some surprises. One doesn’t need to travel to New York or Santa Fe to discover a wealth of great art, one just have to know where to look.

Come to the Corridan Gallery to see one piece from each participating artist, choose the artists you most want to visit, and use the map provided to seek out varied locations from the hills of Montecito to downtown neighborhoods.

Look for the yellow balloons displayed at each location.

More info at : 

Just the FactS:

WHO:            Santa Barbara Studio Artists


WHEN:       Labor Day Weekend  Saturday & Sunday: Sept. 5 & 6, 2015  11 am to 5 pm

SPECIAL: Open Studio Reception  5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, September at Corridan Gallery* at 125 N. Milpas St., SB, 93103

WHERE:     Various Private Studios in Santa Barbara County 

From Montecito to Goleta

COST:           General Admission: $20 for weekend available online

Early Bird $18 (available thru 7.31.15)

Two or more: $15 each

ABOUT:         Thirty professional artists open their studios to the public for two days on the Labor Day weekend. Talk with the artists in their private studios and learn more about their creative process. Everything from classic plein air landscapes, contemporary, figurative and abstract, to sculpture and assemblage will be on the two-day self-guided driving tour steering visitors to great art in interesting locations from the Funk Zone to beautiful estates in one of the most popular destinations in the world. The Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center is the beneficiary this year.

SPECIAL: *Corridan Gallery will have a show August 11 – Sept. 6 where each artist on the tour will have a piece (see address above). SBSA recommends a visit to the gallery to determine which studios you want to visit.   Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

The purpose of SBSA is to promote the interests of professional artists working in Santa Barbara and to increase public awareness of Santa Barbara as an important destination for art and culture.


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