From Dusk ‘Til Drawn

Every summer, the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara hosts this awesome event. They keep the gallery open from 6 pm on Friday to 6 pm on Saturday. They fill the interior with tables, and fill the tables with artists, who, over the course of the 24 hours, fill the walls with art. It’s a continuing exhibition with artists making work and the public visiting, viewing, and buying work as it is created.

The walls are labeled by price and artists simply tack up work wherever they feel. The price points are reasonable: twenty-five, seventy-five, one hundred and fifty, and three hundred dollars. From Dusk ’til Drawn brings artists and the public together, and helps make art available to everyone. Many of the people drawing are well-known, mid-career artists, so buying their work here is a real steal!

Some artists stay the whole twenty-four hours. They’re known as marathoners; there’s food and drink and even a lounge with beanbag chairs and sleeping bags for them. I went in on Saturday morning and stayed for five hours. I got to draw with and talk to everybody from a five-year-old kid with scented markers (mmm!) to some cool young surfer guys in art school to some wonderfully friendly working artists. I met Julie B. Montgomery, whose work you may have seen on a TV show like Law & Order or How I Met Your Mother, and James Van Arsdale, co-founder of local art stronghold Can(n)on Studios.

Some Beast, 10″ x 10″, ink and watercolor on paper

I also made this guy, who got bought right off the wall. Woohoo!

Thanks CAF and thanks to everybody who participated and made this a really fun event.