How I See It at The Arts Fund

July 1, 2015:  HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists’ specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person…their hands become their eyes. The artists in this exhibition were selected because of their exceptional abilities to use their vision and to touch the materials in ways that only a few can. The artists invite you to touch their artwork, to feel the textures, to learn the forms, to study the images they have conveyed with their hands.

Featuring: Bud Bottoms | Beth Amine | Ron Robertson | Oscar Bucher | Trenton Rossi | John Iwerks | Susan van Horsen | Adelaide Ortega | Ishmiel Lounsbury |Alejandra Tashma | The Sacred Space

The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, July 24th from 5-8pm for the Funk Zone Art Walk and extends until Saturday, September 5th, 2015. The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

          Organization Background:

The Arts Fund (www.artsfundsb.org) was established as a nonprofit in 1983.  The organization’s formal mission is to create, fund and administer programs that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to maximize the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships between arts organizations.

The Arts Fund is best known for the Teen Arts Mentorship Program that matches promising high school students with professional mentors in intensive workshops which represent all the cultural arts.  In 2001, The Arts Fund opened The Arts Fund Gallery at 205-C Santa Barbara Street at Yanonali in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood.  The Gallery Program has expanded to six professionally curated shows per year exhibiting the work from artists who live and work in Santa Barbara County.  A guest curator program was instated in 2012.  The Community Gallery is soliciting exhibition proposals from the community in order to provide diverse thought-provoking and exciting exhibits. For more information visit http://www.artsfundsb.org or e-mail info@artsfundsb.org

Gallery sales and private donations are an important and essential source of funding for the organization. Please visit www.artsfundsb.org to learn about upcoming programs and events or to make a donation to support The Arts Fund.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5pm. CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY

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