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Noozhawk 2011Noozhawk_arts and entertainmentBudSanta Barbara artist Bud Bottoms, seen in his studio, has been sculpting for 35 years. (Santa Barbara Studio Artists photo)

By Kelly Kapaun for Santa Barbara Studio Artists | Published on 06.05.2013 11:37 a.m.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is pleased to welcome Bud Bottoms and Irma Cavat as new members.

Both award-winning artists are recognized internationally with pieces displayed worldwide.

Bottoms is a graduate of Jefferson Machamer School of Art in Los Angeles and the UCSB Art Department. From the 1950s to the 1970s, he worked professionally as a graphic artist until Santa Barbara’s GE TEMPO think tank hired him as its art director. Bottoms has been sculpting for 35 years and is inspired by the beauty and majesty of the sea and its creatures.

He is internationally known for his dolphin fountains in Santa Barbara; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Toba City, Japan; and Dingle Bay, Ireland. Bottoms also installed dolphin, whale, turtle and sea lion monuments in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida and Hawaii.

One of Bottoms’ most famous installations is the Dolphin Family Fountain at the entrance of Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf. He has been an active environmentalist since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

Cavat became a professional artist in her early 20s working with internationally known artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Renee Magritte and Willem De Kooning. She worked with many mediums ranging from science fiction illustrations to jewelry and was later associated with the Abstract Expressionists.

Cavat studied at the New School for Social Research in New York and later became a professor of art at UC Santa Barbara after moving to the West Coast. Awards for her work include residencies at Yaddo in New York, the McDowell Colony in Maine, the Djerassi Foundation in Northern California and a Fulbright Grant to Rome, Italy.

Cavat is an avid traveler and finds this hobby has a positive impact on her paintings.

IrmaArtist Irma Cavat in her Santa Barbara studio. (Santa Barbara Studio Artists photo)

The artwork of both Bottoms and Cavat can be viewed, along with nearly 40 other artists, as a part of the 12th Annual Open Studios Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25.

The Open Studios Tour features access to 40 private studios of Santa Barbara’s award-winning professional artists. Tour guests will experience a wide variety of styles ranging from landscape, contemporary and figurative painting to sculpture and assemblage. The two-day self-guided driving tour steers visitors to artists’ studios through the stunning back roads, charming neighborhoods and estates of one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world.

Tickets are $18 if purchased on or before Aug. 1, $20 Aug. 1 and on, or $15 each when purchased in groups of two or more. Ticket price includes the Opening Artists’ Reception on Aug. 23 and the tour. No ticket purchase is necessary to attend the Preview Exhibition Opening on Aug. 1. The 2013 festivities also include a month-long preview exhibition and two special receptions.

In 2013, a Year-Round Visits program was added. Subject to the availability of the artist, some artist members are opening their studios, at very short notice, to individuals and groups who may wish for a private visit.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional fine artists dedicated to raising the profile of Santa Barbara as a destination for the arts.Click here for more information.

— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing Santa Barbara Studio Artists.


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