The Gift of Art: SBCC Art Instructor Carissa Luminess at Dec. 1 Arts & Crafts Fair

It’s easy to see why the No. 1 reaction to Carissa Joie Luminess’ watercolor work is, “This is so happy! It’s so joyful!” Inspired by the beauty of nature – flowers, birds, butterflies, all captured through vibrant color and brush strokes — the SBCC School of Extended Learning art teacher’s work will be among more than 70 booths at the annual Arts & Crafts Fair Dec. 1.

Having expanded her childhood passion for art into what has become a 30-year career, Luminess sees art as a bridge between the inner divine and the divinity of nature.

“It opens people’s hearts to the joy that is inside of them,” said Luminess.

Luminess’ work will be on display alongside that of other SBCC School of Extended Learning instructors and students 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SBCC’s Wake Campus, 300 N. Turnpike Road. The annual Arts & Crafts Fair will showcase unique ceramics, jewelry, glass arts, textiles and weavings, drawings, paintings and more set at great prices. Visitors can shop at their leisure at the tranquil Wake Campus, which has plenty of free parking.

In addition to a selection of original watercolors and collages for sale, Luminess will bring a range of gift items to the fair, such as coloring books, box sets of note cards and prints.

Luminess teaches Keeping an Art Journal: For Older Adults, Splashing Watercolor: For Older Adults and Collage and Mixed Media: For Older Adults at SBCC School of Extended Learning. She studied at The Academy of Art in San Francisco and received her MFA from the State University of New York at Albany.

For more information, visit sbcc.edu/ExtendedLearning.

About the SBCC School of Extended Learning

The School of Extended Learning responds to the diverse learning needs of the adult population in the Santa Barbara community by advancing career and life skills, and building bridges to credit. www.sbcc.edu/ExtendedLearning.

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