Now at the CAW


John Kimble Presents:

Textures in Bloom

A solo show by local artist John Kimble, September 16-29th.
Opening reception Friday Sept. 16, 5-10pm.
Gallery hours Fridays 10am - 6pm, and by appointment.


"Textures in Bloom" is a solo-show by local artist John Kimble, running September 16-29th, with an opening Reception Friday Sept. 16, 5-10pm. Weekly gallery hours are Fridays 10am - 6pm, by appointment, and during other CAW events.


John Kimble explores heavy textured landscapes, nonsensical shapes and arbitrary topography.  "Textures in Bloom" is his portrayal of the esoteric beauty and confusion of the human condition.

Textured medium, oxidized metallics and gold leaf on canvas and wood panels. 

More information about John's work, process videos and photos, are available on his Instagram page

The Art Process Presents:

Unleash Your Creativity: 1-Day Mixed Media Workshop

September 24th; Appropriate for All Levels

This 1 day in person mindful mixed media & collage workshop is appropriate for all levels. Together we will explore various techniques in mixed media and collage as you are encouraged to find your own intuitive creative voice.  You will be guided, inspired, excited to continue your art practice.


Designed and taught by artist and creativity coach, Kathy Leader.


Email with questions.

The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents:

A Benefit Concert for the Families of S.B. Guitarists Byl Carruthers and Tom Murray

Featuring Performances from Paradise Kings, East Valley Road, and Rent Party Blues Band
Sunday September 25, 3-7pm
$25 at the Door and In Advance

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The Santa Barbara Blues Society is hosting a benefit concert for the families of Santa Barbara artists Byl Carruthers of Cafe R&B, and Tom Murray of Stiff Pickle Orchestra, at the CAW on September 25th from 3-7pm.

Three dynamic blues bands—Paradise Kings, East Valley Road, and Rent Party Blues Band—will play. 

Tickets are $25. There will be snacks and cold beverages, and a dance area. 

Call 722-8155 for more information or go to

Unite to Light Presents:

Unite to Light The Night

October 6, 7, 8, 6-10pm each night
Arts festival, gala, and fundraiser for nonprofit Unite to Light

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Unite to Light The Night will bring Santa Barbara's community together for a three-day fundraising festival at The Community Arts Workshop this October! Three unique events amidst an interactive art exhibition celebrating the power of light, including large-scale projection art, sculptures, paintings and photography.

October 6th · Glow Gala

October 7th · Bright Bash

October 8th · Community Showcase


Unite to Light The Night has a mission to celebrate artists in our community and explore how light is both an essential aspect of life as well as a creative medium that can bring people together. This fundraiser event aims to raise awareness and funding for Unite To Light's mission to bring light to the world. Access to clean affordable light and energy is critical to improving health, education, and prosperity.


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The Art Process Presents:

After School Art Classes for Kids

Starting October 11 for Four Weeks: 4:30-6:00pm 
For Ages 6-14 years

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These classes encourage self exploration and love of the art process while developing a relationship to various art movements, artists, cultures and media such as printing, painting, drawing and constructing. We meet your child where they are! The Art Process's mission is to encourage a new form of self expression in a nurturing environment.


Developed and taught by experienced art educator and artist, Kathy Leader, owner of The Art Process Studio. 


Westmont College Presents:

How to Train Your Brain: 
Talk Examines Mental Side of Sports

Tim Van Haitsma, Westmont associate professor and chair of the kinesiology department, is a lifelong runner who will speak about mental strength training on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

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The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Mental Training: Magic or Physiologic Reality,” is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Free parking is available on the streets surrounding CAW or in nearby city parking lots. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051.

“I’ll examine the role of mental training within sport performance, and how mental training may elicit these changes physiologically,” Tim Van Haitsma says. “I will then expand the talk to performance outside the microcosm of sport to general performance within life, giving a brief overview of how to incorporate these mental skills into day-to-day life.” Read More

Elaine Wilson Presents:

Acrylic and Mixed Media Workshop Level 1

Thursdays October 13, 20 and 27 9:00AM to 12:00PM
You will never stare at a blank canvas again and wonder where to begin!

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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, this exclusive process of using timed audio commands and canvas rotation to begin a painting will increase your spontaneity and creativity.

This class includes the demonstration of thirty different acrylic and mixed media painting techniques, instruction in the use of high flow acrylics, and the creation and enlargement of your own black and white photos for use as collage.  Two projects will be started, with individual hands on help and critique from Elaine to bring them to completion. 

$180 for Nine Hours of Instruction - Three Three-Hour Workshops

See video of process and more at


Contact Elaine at

Elaine Wilson Presents:

Acrylic and Mixed Media Workshop Level 2

Thursdays November 3, 10 and 17 9:00AM to 12:00PM

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In the Level 2 Workshop we will continue to begin each painting using timed audio commands and canvas rotation, but with more direction in mind.  This class includes the teaching and demonstration of ten abstract design compositions.


Modern acrylic color mixing using fluid acrylics will also be demonstrated and taught.  Students will learn how to choose acrylic and mixed media techniques that enhance their compositions.  Collage materials that strengthen design will also be discussed, and more time will be spent learning to integrate collage into a painting.  Two projects will be started with an emphasis on editing your own work, and with individual hands-on help from Elaine to bring them to completion.

$180 for Nine Hours of Instruction - Three Three-Hour Workshops

See video of process and more at


Contact Elaine at

FoundCreate Art Experience Presents:

Children's Art Classes

Starting Thursday October 20th for four weeks: 3:30-5:00 pm 
For ages 6-13
Cost: $160

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Children's Art Classes: A space dedicated to supporting the development of children through artistic learning in this dynamic Mixed-Media Class.

  • Starting Thursday October 20th for four weeks: 3:30-5:00 pm 

  • For ages 6-13

  • Cost: $160 


We offer scholarships to those that need it most in partnership with Zia Group
and Community Arts Workshop so please reach out for more info!

Family Art Making Workshop: A time for the whole family to connect and create with a hands-on Mixed-Media art project!

  • For children ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult

  • Saturday November 5th 10:00-11:30 am 

  • Cost: $50 per family


To sign up please email: more info can be found at

FoundCreate offers classes and workshops for kids and families bringing the joy of art to people. They provide an engaging environment for the outlet of creativity, making the arts accessible and enriching for everyone. Students will explore and experiment with high-quality materials and tools, make discoveries, learn technique, and express their ideas and feelings through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and in many other media.
After School Classes will be taught by art teacher, educator, and artist Emily Summers and the workshop with both Jason and Emily Summers. With many years of education experience in the community, they tap into the unique creativity within us all.

Family Art-Making Workshop

Saturday November 5th 10:00-11:30 am 
For children ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $50 per family

Kathy Leader Presents:

Art for the Soul Retreat

A Mindful Mixed Media Experience
November 12-14, 2022 

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Come and join this popular 3 day art process retreat, focusing on abstract layered mixed media techniques. This is for anyone curious about the creative path whether you are just exploring your creativity for the first time or are a practicing artist who wants to deepen your practice. You will learn many useful techniques and compositional tips along the way while developing your own personal style and accessing your inner creative voice. AND have fun laughing, dancing to music, painting your heart out, eating healthy yummy food and sharing stories!


The Art Process is organized, encouraged, and facilitated by experienced creativity coach and visual artist, Kathy Leader.


Use the CAW

The CAW collaborates to empower and provide affordable space for art projects of all kinds. Have an idea? Use the CAW.

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The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative works to maintain the CAW as a "blank canvas" for as wide a diversity of arts uses and users as possible, providing space and collaborating with project initiators to make their ideas a success for the benefit of the broader community, and supporting and cultivating collaborations between artists and arts organizations, community groups, the business community, non-profit organizations and the entire community.

Find out more about how you can use the CAW here: