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The Sketchbook Project Comes to Santa Barbara

Come join the Arts Collaborative next week for this great event.

Brooklyn-Based Sketchbook Project Comes to Santa Barbara Cross-Country Road Trip of Handmade Artists’ Books Stops at Two Local Venues


Figueroa Mountain Brewing Wednesday, July 31, 5 – 9 pm

137 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thursday, August 1, 5 – 7:30 pm

1130 State Street, Santa Barbara

June 18, 2013 – This summer, Steven Peterman, co-founder of the Sketchbook Project, and Sara Peterman, director of the Brooklyn Art Library, are hitting the road to share the stories behind the Sketchbook Project with communities across North America. The husband-and-wife duo set out for adventure in the Mobile Library?their custom-built bookmobile?along with a selection of 4,500 sketchbooks from the permanent collection. Covering more than 10,000 miles and 32 cities in just four months, they are lucky enough to include Santa Barbara on their itinerary on July 31 and August 1.

The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and traveling exhibition. Since 2006, the Sketchbook Project has encouraged participants from all walks of life to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook. The results are cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library and shared with the public in venues around the world. The collection currently includes more than 26,000 sketchbooks representing nearly 8,000 cities worldwide.

On July 31, 5 – 9 pm, the Mobile Library will be at Figueroa Mountain Brewing in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara.  Visitors are welcome to check out any of the sketchbooks for free, or participate by purchasing a sketchbook for $25.

On August 1, 5 – 7:30 pm and during 1st Thursday, the Project will be in the plaza between the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Public Library.  In addition to check-out privileges, visitors have the opportunity to fill in two sketchbooks, paid for by the Museum, during a Teaching Artist-led art project in association with the upcoming SBMA contemporary exhibition, Labour and Wait.  These books will become part of the ongoing library of over 200 works collected during the tour of the country.

The Mobile Library’s visit to Santa Barbara is being funded by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Public Library, and Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative

The Project’s Summer Tour includes stops in every corner of the country, from Portland, ME to Los Angeles. As part of the adventure, Steven and Sara are documenting the tour for an upcoming book. “We’re excited to collect stories from the people and places we encounter throughout the summer,” says Steven. “It’s an opportunity for us to share a pretty crazy experience — traveling across the country with thousands of sketchbooks and meeting thousands of people along the way.” The book will bring together stories from Steven and Sara’s escapades on the road with a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing a community art project to life.

About Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution that presents internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities as well as travel opportunities around the world.

1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm, Chase Free Thursday Evenings 5 – 8 pm


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