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Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of the Santa Barbara arts scene is its seemingly endless capacity for surprise. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes someone with an idea that sets the whole thing on its ear once again. Such has been the impact of Claudia Borfiga and Matt Head, a married couple from the U.K. who were in residence this past week at the Arts Fund.

On Friday, May 10, Borfiga and Head will flung open the doors of the Arts Fund gallery on Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone for three days of My Friend Is Sad, a pop-up show dedicated to the idea that sadness, unlike its neighbor depression, is not a treatable medical condition but rather a basic emotion of human life. Through prints, drawings, and other materials in part generated by an online survey about coping mechanisms, the artists will deliver a thoughtful experience intended to make sadness less stigmatized. Click here to read the full story.

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