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Self Portraits 

Thursday September 6th, 2018
5:00 - 8:00PM

Thomas Coffey

John Houstion

Erin Ziggler 


Kyle Allan

28 E Victoria Street

Santa Barbara, CA

Brian Maclaren 


Together with Downtown's First Thursday and Santa Barbara Art Work's Grand Opening, join us for "Self Portraits", a look at the collection of artwork of fifteen artists with disabilities.



What is a self-portrait?

As humans, we have a highly developed self-awareness. The self-portrait is a beautiful representation of this.  A self-portrait can be a simple drawing, painting, or picture of a person.  It can describe an individual’s personality, hopes, dreams, desires, history, family, culture, their failures, struggles, triumphs, and tragedies, or simply their expression of creativity.  A self-portrait can be a person’s story and a powerful way for an individual to express who they are.  Because it is not from the perspective of another person's opinions, which can vary from person to person, but is a reflection on one’s self which at times can be the truest, or in some cases, the most distorted representation of who that person really is.

In this Grand Opening Art Show, the resident artists at Santa Barbara Art Works will bring to light in visual form their expression of creativity.  From traditional portraits, to abstract expressions of feelings, or simply the act of putting paint on the canvas and pushing it around.  Their self-portraits are an expression of who they are and how they see the world.  So we invite you to look beyond the disability and get to know the person first. 

The artists represented in this show are at a variety of levels of skill and ability. Some are beginners some have been drawing their whole life. At Santa Barbara Art Works using adaptable art techniques we encourage artists of all levels, abilities and skills to create, show, and sell their work. So often artist must fight through years of discouragement to get to a place where people will display their work. At Art Works we make art work for all artists who desire to create.

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