Unite to Light manufactures and distributes solar lamps and solar chargers to people living without electricity. Megan Birney, CEO of Unite to Light said that, “Including local artists stemmed from the wish to celebrate the power of light. An art exhibition is the perfect way to showcase light as not only an essential aspect of life, but also a creative medium that can bring people together”. The exhibition will feature 33 local artists, ranging from art students, to globally recognized professionals. Over 40 works of art will be on display, including projection art, light mapping, sculptures, paintings, and photography. Rob Skinner, CEO of The Towbes Group and Presenting Sponsor of the event said, “At The Towbes Group, we often speak of community; about nurturing it; sustaining it and protecting it. The community that we endeavor to build and support is one that strives to create spaces and opportunities in which all can thrive. The Towbes Group is honored to be supporting Unite to Light’s mission to do just that.”
Santa Barbara is a town that loves its festivals and community gatherings, and fundraising events happen most weekends. “It was important to create an event that stands out, that’s truly inclusive, and one that offers a lot of value for the cost of participation for guests and sponsors”, added Kate Kubiak, Creative Director at event agency Vesper Post, tasked with producing this event. The unique aspect of this fundraiser is that it will run for three-consecutive days giving the organization, its supporters, and artists the opportunity to connect with a broader community.
All three nights will be held at the Community Arts Workshop at 631 Garden Street and run from 6 - 10pm. Although in person events are becoming the norm, the organization remains cognisant of everyone's well being. Most of the artwork will be exhibited inside The CAW’s gallery spaces, while all social components will be hosted in the spacious courtyard. Each evening is set to have a unique atmosphere, artistic program and entertainment.
Thanks to the support of local foundations and businesses, ten artists received grants to bring their artwork to life. Many of the art pieces will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to Unite to Light. Information and tickets can be found here or by clicking the button below.
Unite to Light would like to thank supporters noted above, as well as The Fund for Santa Barbara, SBCC Foundation, The Santa Barbara Foundation, Oniracom, the Community Environmental Council, WorldViz, Intuizi, Topa Topa, Flying Embers, Figueroa Mountain, Bartlett Pringle & Wolf, American Riviera Bank, Larry Barels, Marci Cohen, and Jason Janzen, CPA, for making this event possible, as well as Adrienne De Guevara, Sarah Dildine, and The Environment Makers for bringing the exhibition to light.