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Show Opening! Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Artists' COVID-19 Relief Fund

By Rae van Seenus on Jul 30, 2020 at 08:06 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog
Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Santa Barbara County Artists

UCP WORK, Inc. announces its downtown art studio-gallery, Santa Barbara Art Works, is launching a Virtual Arts Market starting Thursday, August 6th, 2020.  The NEW summer art collection, “Adventures in Quarantine”, showcases 25 resident artists and their work comprised of unique houses, wild animals, transportation, mixed-media, abstracts and much more.  The online art show is described as a virtual adventure that will take the viewer out of quarantine and into wide open spaces of the country, to tall buildings in far-away cities.  Proceeds from the online sales of artwork, both originals and prints, benefit Santa Barbara Art Works’ COVID-19 artist relief fund and helps artists with developmental disabilities earn a meaningful income. Additionally, proceeds will support art enrichment and supplies for art classes to be taught remotely during the pandemic.

Watercolor and pen drawing by Nelson Riveria

What: “Adventures in Quarantine”, Virtual Arts Market

When: August 6, 2020 – August 20, 2020

Where: Viewable online starting 8/06/20 at Virtual Arts Market

Host: Santa Barbara Art Works, 28 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 805-260-6705                                                              

Watercolor painting of a house by Brian MacLaren
Guests are encouraged to shop original artwork to help empower creativity and professional growth for artists with disabilities served through UCP WORK, Inc.  Originals can be selected online and then pre-ordered by contacting Studio Manager, Jacob Allio, at 805-680-6705. Artwork purchases are available for pickup at the Santa Barbara studio location, 28 E. Victoria Street, using COVID-19 safety precautions, or out of town shoppers can arrange for shipping at an additional fee.


New this month, Santa Barbara Art Works offers an online “Print Option”, which entitles guests to purchase artwork to be printed on specialty items, such as t-shirts, grocery tote bags, iPhone covers, and more, with a portion of the sale returning to the artists (a small percentage covers third-party printing and production costs).

Pen and ink drawing by Kyle Allan

Check us out on Facebook with Studio Manager, Jacob Allio, on Thursday, August 6th at 10:00AM (PDT) for a walkthrough of "Adventures in Quarantine". 

Santa Barbara Art Works is an artist studio-gallery located in downtown Santa Barbara with a primary goal of helping artists with developmental disabilities create, show, and sell their work.  Santa Barbara Art Works advocates for inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities, so that its participating artists are working towards finding their artistic voice and employment opportunities within the local community.

Watercolor and mixed media by Brooke Lundberg

The studio also specializes in providing art instruction and 3D printed adaptive art techniques for 25 resident artists with developmental disabilities.  Currently, Santa Barbara Art Works is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and classes are taught remotely, Monday – Thursday, in painting, drawing, caricature drawing, and watercolors. 

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