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Saualito ICB Winter Open Studios This Weekend

It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions here in Sausalito. The first weekend in December over 80 artists under one roof (the Industrial Center Building, also known as ICB) open their studios and workshops to the public. It is a feast for all the senses – the magnificent art, the eclectic interiors, inspired work spaces flooded with bay light. One feels enveloped in creativity. It is warm and fuzzy and industrial and innovative all at once. 

The artists host an opening reception on Friday, December 4th from 6–9 p.m. and are open again on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but you will be hard pressed not to buy some original art –– there is such a wide range –– and you may also find the perfect holiday gift for someone on your list. It is casual and relaxed and not the frenzy of an art festival. The fragrant and beckoning scents of hot cider and spiced wine waft through the corridors of the old building where most of the artists offer holiday snacks and wine to visitors.

These artisans lend such character to our community and are a living reminder of Sausalito’s rich artistic and bohemian heritage. I walk away wanting to put paint on canvas and wishing I had more wall space to adorn with art.

Be sure to also visit the ICB Gallery on the main floor of the building as you are coming or going. The current exhibit “Migration – A Movement of Hope” orchestrated by artist Ingrid Butler, features over 1,000 hand cut, multi-colored, paper butterflies – a tribute to people in migration.

The ICB is located on Gate Five Road in the Marin Ship area in the north end of town; there is ample parking. If you go during the day you can also catch some fresh air and wander along the shoreline path by Clipper Marina or swing by one of my favorite restaurants in that waterfront area – FISH – where they serve only sustainable (and delicious!) fish. I can’t seem to get beyond the Saigon Salmon Sandwich, but all the fare there is truly exceptional. It’s a delightful spot for causal, outdoor dining with beverages served in Mason jars.

For a list of the ICB artists and more information: icbartists.com

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