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A pop-up art show at the CAW

631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

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Ready to Hang is a community-wide art show that brings together artists of all stripes for an art sale and party, building our creative community.


We are looking forward to 2022's show! Thank you so much to everyone that made 2021 such a success. 


70% of sales go to the artist, 30% go to support the work of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative. More about the SBAC at and

  • Intake: Tuesday and Wednesday November 16 & 17, 8am - 1pm*

    • Deadline for entries: Either end of intake (November 17th, 1pm) or when we reach the max number of pieces of art we can fit on the walls, whichever comes first. This year, the max we can fit is 450 pieces. So get your entries in early online!

  • Artists' Party: Friday November 19, 6-9pm.

    • ​All artists including work in the show can attend! Drinks and snacks will be provided. 

    • Each artist may bring up to two guests. (RSVP inside your entry form please.) ​

    • Work will be for sale for the first time.

  • Public Sale: Saturday November 20, 4-7pm. 

  • Artist pickup for any unsold works: Sunday Nov 21 8am-1pm 

  • At the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara.

  • All artists participating must live/work locally.

  • Each artist may include up to two pieces in the show.

  • All pieces must be 12"x12" inches in size, no larger no smaller. The distance from the wall can be up to 5". All pieces must be ready to hang, with hanging hardware attached. (See FAQs below for more.)

  • $5 entry fee per piece, to cover juried prizes. 

  • Ready to Hang is honored to have John Hood as its juror this year, awarding prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Parking: Parking is available after 5pm on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, at the school district parking lot across Ortega Street from the CAW. (On the corner of Garden & Ortega Streets.) Parking on the street is also generally plentiful after 5pm and on weekends.

If you would like to donate to support Ready to Hang's costs and the work of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, you may do so below, and thank you!

Artist FAQS and Information

  • COVID-19:

    • Ready to Hang will abide by current COVID regulations.

    • The Community Arts Workshop is a space with abundant outdoor airflow from several large rolling garage doors and many windows, and the space also has a large outdoor patio.

    • If current COVID conditions continue, we intend to require masks inside the gallery space, recommend them outdoors, and have any eating and drinking only outdoors. If conditions adjust, we will adjust. See this page for any updates as the dates approach. 

  • Sizing of Pieces: 12”x12”x5”. The size of the piece includes any frame or hanging hardware. If it’s in a frame the outside edges of the frame should be 12“ x 12“ exactly. If it’s not in a frame the outside edges of the piece should be 12“ x 12“ exactly. 5” deep is the maximum depth but not a required depth. The piece can be flat.

  • What hanging hardware is required? All pieces must be ready to hang. That can be a gallery wire or sawtooth hanger. "Ready to hang" means the piece should sit flush to the wall and not require adjustments by the show crew beyond placing the piece on a nail.

  • No glass please. Plexiglass or other nonbreakable materials are fine if work is framed. 

  • What does "local" mean? If you want to get specific, we are emphasizing artists in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties at this time. You must drop off and pick up your work yourself. And hopefully attend the party!

  • All pieces should be dry. :)

A Sampling of Entries Received so Far:

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