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For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Kelly Kapaun, Christopher Davis- 805/687-3322

Colors of Santa Barbara: Art Show and Sale to Benefit the Mental Health Association


Local artists to showcase and create artwork on site at the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

“Cabrillo Palms” by Chris Potter

October 3, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA— Join the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County for the Colors of Santa Barbara Art Show & Sale on Thursday, October 20th at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Stroll the lush grounds of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, enjoy live classical guitar, sip on wine, and sample delicious hors d’oeuvres while viewing artists at work – plein air artists will be creating works on site. The event features work by local artists Chris Potter, Wyllis Heaton, Kurtis Ashley Hughes and Kevin Gleason. Artwork will also be on sale, and 50% of proceeds will support the Mental Health Association. The event was organized by the Friends of Mental Health Association, a group of dedicated community volunteers who support the Mental Health Association.

Local artist Chris Potter, who will be displaying work at the event, is the creator of the “Postcards from Santa Barbara” project. He and a group of local plein air artists (artists who paint on location, outdoors) paint a landscape a day, on site, in Santa Barbara. His work can be viewed at www.chrispotterart.com.

“We’re thrilled that this incredibly talented group of artists is giving back to our organization,” said Annmarie Cameron, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. “In addition to providing an opportunity to enjoy their beautiful artwork as well as other entertainment and food, the Colors of Santa Barbara Art Show & Sale is helping to support adults and families in our community who are affected by mental illness.”

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Place: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara

Cost: $45

To purchase tickets, visit www.mhainsb.org or call (805) 884-8440. The Mental Health Association is a private, non-profit organization providing support, housing and advocacy to adults and families affected by severe mental illness.

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