Peeking inside a working studio, stepping over various canvases, spying a pair of gloves covered in clay? This is how we love to view art. Don't get us wrong -- we're mad for museums and galleries as well, but often we like to go to the source, and the source for art is the studio.
So we were thrilled to hear that on October 17th and 18th, Santa Monica Art Studios will once again be throwing its doors wide to not just a single studio, or a couple, but over 30, giving visual art fans a chance to get up-close with works they usually have to admire from a distance. Painting, sculpture and a variety of visual arts will be on display, and a number of artists will likely be on the premises, so chatting 'em up is encouraged.
On the 5th anniversary walkabout: Works from Yossi Govrin, the co-director of the Studios, and Dan Mills, who will be showing at Sherri Frumkin's Gallery (Ms. Frumkin is also a co-director). Plus many more artists.
Each artist has also created a 6x8 canvas which will be included in the silent auction, so not only will you look, but you could also leave with.
We also like the cinema-ready setting; Santa Monica Art Studios occupies an airy, ginormous airplane hangar. Plan on strolling for several hours, pausing now and then to take in the art where the art is made.
Santa Monica Art Studios Open House is on Saturday, October 17 (6-9PM) and Sunday, October 18 (1-5PM)