Labor Day weekend – go inside SBSA Tour

(August 26, 2017)  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.


Karen Fedderson is just one of the 30 artists whose studio you can see – her painting of the pelicans flying over the waves is called “Freedom.”

Karen Fedderson


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.

This mosaic fish is by the award-winning Betsy Gallery.

Betsy Gallery - Roman Tunisian Fish web

This painting is by Diane Giles and is titled “What She Said”

Diane Giles - What She Said,web

Come to the 10 West Gallery at 10 W. Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara to see one piece from each participating artist on Labor Day weekend only.  Pick up your Tour Passes and Map this way, you can 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 out to the Santa Ynez Valley.  SBSA OST is a self-guided driving tour to the professional artists who call Santa Barbara home.

Look for the yellow flags displayed at each location.   Here SBSA President Dorothy Churchill-Johnson with the flags in front of one of her paintings.


More info at : 

Just the FactS:

WHO:            Santa Barbara Studio Artists


WHEN:       Labor Day Weekend  Saturday & Sunday: Sept. 2-3-4, 2017

SPECIAL: Opening Reception  5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, September 1 at 10 West Gallery, 10 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 93101 

WHERE:     Various Private Studios in Santa Barbara County 

From Montecito to Goleta to Santa Ynez

COST:           General Admission: $20 for weekend available online

As of Friday Sept. 1 all tickets will be taken offline, and available only at 10 West Gallery.

Two or more: $15 each

ABOUT:         More than 40 professional artists open their studios to the public for three  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 three-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 William Sansum Diabetes Center is the beneficiary this year.

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.