<b>INSIDER'S LOOK:</b>  Artist James "Bud" Bottoms is one of 40 artists participating in the 2013 Open Studio Tour.

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INSIDER'S LOOK: Artist James "Bud" Bottoms is one of 40 artists participating in the 2013 Open Studio Tour.

Santa Barbara Artists Open Their Doors

Annual Open Studio Tour Kicks Off August 24

For art collectors and enthusiasts, there are few things as titillating as peering inside an artist’s workspace. It’s there, behind the so-called curtain, that the magic happens, and witnessing it firsthand can provide an unfiltered look into the creative process. It’s with this very idea in mind that the Santa Barbara Studio Artists launched their Open Studio Tour. Once a year, artists from across the county swing their studio doors wide open and invite the public in for two days of visits, conversation, and sales. For the 2013 installment, ticket holders will be given a map, which they can follow to 40 different studios located between Carpinteria and Buellton this Saturday-Sunday, August 24-25. Once there, they’ll be invited to poke around, interface with the artist(s), and probably catch a sneak peek of new and in-progress works. Want to go behind the scenes? Call (805) 280-9178 or visit

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