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The Evolution of Sundial Studios

By Rae van Seenus on Jun 11, 2018 at 01:56 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

With the new studio-gallery located at 28 E. Victoria Street, resident artists will be directly on the map for the Downtown Organization’s First Thursday events every month.  In addition to the move, we are making some significant changes in our business model beginning with the name, we are now Santa Barbara Art Works.  As such, we are opening our doors to all community artists and we will be providing an “Impact Hub” experience for members.  Santa Barbara Art Works, is creating a home for resident artists and those artists who have had to move out of the Funk Zone (due to high rent).  These artists will be able to join Santa Barbara Art Works, and use one of the 10 art studios, curate shows in partnership with resident artists and utilize the kiln.  Santa Barbara Art Works will be 100% inclusive for all artists, regardless of their ability, and will offer a variety of classes in mixed mediums.  Initially, Santa Barbara Art Works will be open Monday through Friday from 8-4, but once the studio/gallery is up and running with full membership, we will be open 7 days per week.  It is our intent to offer members the personalized services of a gallery assistant (by hiring a current resident artist), who will be responsible for opening the studio, welcoming members, customer service, assisting in curating exhibits and sales.   

Please keep an eye out for our Grand Opening Show, “Self Portraits”, at Downtown’s “1st Thursday” Event, September 6th, 2018, where the resident artists will express their stories on canvas.  A self-portrait can describe an individual’s personality, their hopes, dreams, desires, history, family, culture, their failures, struggles, triumphs, and tragedies, or simply their expression of creativity. A self-portrait is a powerful way for an individual to express who they are and how they see the world.  In this show, we invite the public to get to know the person before their disability.

For more information about Santa Barbara Art Works, contact [email protected]