Santa Barbara has numerous art galleries with a wide range of mediums? Some examples include paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and homemade arts and crafts on Sunday at the beach show.
But our favorite is so special, we are sure you will want to take a look. We are speaking of the Santa Barbara Art Works Studio-Gallery located at their new facility, 28 E. Victoria. Their mission is to encourage creativity and professional growth for aspiring artists with disabilities. This convenient location is accessible for them and to the public. They will be open March 5, 5-8 p.m., with the usual wine, crackers and song.
The featured artist is Erin Ziegler, a prolific painter with a big style; however, they will have works by all of the 24 artists that share the same space. What makes these artists and their art so special is their affiliation with UCP Work Inc. and their contribution to the community.
The proceeds from sales are used to pay the artist and restock art supplies. It is also used to purchase art tools that accommodate their individual needs, including some that need physical support. For instance, Joe has a special brush to paint with his mouth. Another artist, Chuck, writes poetry using his hands and paint.
The gallery is open to the public daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery also encourages local artists to collaborate on exhibits and volunteer to teach classes. Please visit the studio for more information and to view portfolios of all the artists.