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2019 Hindsight & 2020

​Open Ground Studios had quite a banner year in 2019 that was kicked off being named 2019 Champion of the Arts / Non-Profit by the Arts Council of Monterey.  

This Gala event is ACMC’s signature annual fundraiser in support of Arts Education across the county and in recognition of arts leaders in a variety of categories. OGS artists, members, advocates,and students made up 10% of the Gala’s audience and contributed thousands of dollars to the cause through their live and silent auction. Go Team OGS!!


The inspiring growth, social action and impact OGS has made in our community is because People Make All the Difference. They are our advocates, members, artists, students, volunteers, and collectors. They Are You. 

OGS is a public benefit organization, and we hope the highlights of the work described below and our unique contributions to society will inspire you to become a member, renew your membership or make a tax-deductible contribution so that our artists and programs can continue to thrive.

2019 accomplishments by one or more of our practicing artists and students:


  • launched their work off the easels and into the world by submitting and being accepted into juried or guest exhibitions around the state. (Fernandez, Sanders, Gregory, Saglio, Hunter, Garcia, Richmond, Burke, Bordignon)

  • created community and family art workshops at First Fridays Salinas/ CSUMB, and Palenke Arts (Richmond, Garcia)

  • created “live art” at two local fundraisers (Sanders, Richmond, Abma)

  • awarded an  Artist Residency at Kala Art Institute in Oakland (Rosenbaum)

  • received private commissions for paintings or fine art prints (Abma, Richmond, Sanders, Gregory, Campbell, Smith)

  • received accolades for their work and activism: Artistic and Self Expression for Unity Award from the Monterey Peninsula Pride Organization, and the Commitment to Service Alumni Award from Columbus College of Art and Design (Richmond)

  • Professional Artist portfolio review for students through Carmel High School county-wide Art Expo (Sanders, Hunter)

  • Joined the Arts Councils’ Professional Artists in the Schools Program (Richmond)

  • Designed and painted a pro-bono social justice mural for the Service Learning Institute at CSUMB (Richmond & Visiting Artist Schueren, with painting assistance from Saglio, Bordignon, Abma, Sanders, Campbell among others)


2019 OGS contributes to our local community through:


  • Partnership with Fund for Homeless Women, Critical Ground Artist Collective, and Monterey Museum of Art to design and produce Grounded Within Art Workshops for local homeless women (click here for more information)

  • Mural depicting the Monterey Mexican Era for the California Historical Park inside the Pacific House Museum (Abma, Sanders, Campbell with assistance from Richmond and interns Cancilla and Mennan)

  • Annual Gallery exhibition with social justice theme: My Body, My Voice including performance art with selected local and Bay Area artists

  • Internships that mentored several young adults through CSUMB and Monterey High School

  • Sponsorship of Community Palette’s Youth Program Fundraiser; provided easels for figure drawing during Earthbound Farms Earth Day Festival

  • Studio Scholarships for two fixed income and need-based artists 

  • Hosted two Visiting Artists with workshops, artist’s talks and studio access 


In 2020 OGS community will:

  • show their work locally in significant exhibitions at the Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Grove Art Center, and the MPC Art Gallery 

  • have an exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art November 2020 in response to the Grounded Within Art Workshops for Homeless Women 

  • seek partnership to launch a “Call to Action - Call for Art” exhibition to be held prior to and during the 2020 Election

  • partner with the local chapter of the Women’s March for a free sign-making workshop and “live painting” during the rally

  • Continue participating in innovative collaborations with local artists

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