Staff Report

The public can view the work of an exceptional group of local artists during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, with the Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studios Tour and a reception at Santa Barbara Fine Art.

The tour is the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind on the Central Coast, drawing national and international collectors, decorators, and gallery owners for a weekend devoted to viewing and purchasing exceptional art.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, a leader in diabetes treatment and research.

This year’s tour features 45 acclaimed artists, including Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Kathleen Elsey, Karen Fedderson, Francine Kirsch, Cynthia Martin, Larry Rankin, Lena Savage, Richard Schloss, Francis Scorzelli, and many more.

Each year this talented group of artists opens its members’ studios to the public for a chance to visit the artists in their work environment.

The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Santa Barbara Fine Art Gallery, 1324 State St., Suite J (in the Arlington Plaza), where tour maps and tickets can also be purchased.

The gallery will also display selected works from the tour throughout August.

Fans can purchase tour tickets online at