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One of Our Region's Largest Exhibitions of Local Art

One Day Only!

631 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

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.

A pop up show open to all local artists for creations 12 inches by 12 inches in size, Ready to Hang presents a unique opportunity to see new works by our entire community of artists in one show.

Ready to Hang typifies the spirit of the CAW as space for everyone to create and share. The show is already one of our region's largest showcases of local art. In its first year, it exhibited 418 pieces of art by more than 200 artists. In two nights, more than 600 people visited and 102 works of art were sold. Up to 450 pieces are anticipated this year, and even more artists and visitors participating.


  • Intake: Tuesday and Wednesday November 15 & 16, 8am - 1pm*

    • Deadline for entries: Either end of intake (November 16th, 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!

  • Private Artists' Party: Friday November 18, 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 19, 4-7pm. 

  • Artist pickup for any unsold works: Sunday Nov 20 8am-1pm 

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


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 Information

  • 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

  • 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 below, "Sizing of Pieces" for me.

  • $10 entry fee per piece, which helps us pay for juried art prizes, artist free drinks and snacks, and cover other show costs.

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

  • 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.

  • 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. :)

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