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Open Ground Studios in the News


2019 Champion of the Arts: Non-Profit

Denese Sanders, Open Ground Studios

The annual Champion of the Arts Gala recognizes county-wide arts leaders in celebration of individual and organizational achievement and community impact in the arts.
Arts Council for Monterey County

Click above to watch OGS video and acceptance speech

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Carmel Pine Cone | November 2, 2019

Art Round-Up

Story about OGS Artist Paul Richmond's Solo Exhibition "Promiseland" at the Pacific Grove Art Center and the Pop-Up Exhibition in the Open Ground Studios Gallery, "Good & Mad."
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Carmel Pine Cone | March 30, 2018

Making space - and time - for her art

Story about Open Ground Studios Founding artist, Denese Sanders decision to change the model of the studio after 4 years of operation.

Carmel Pine Cone Archives, March 30, 2018, Pages 29 & 30- main section

KSBW Action News 8 | Oct 1, 2017

Overcoming Bullying Through Art

Shots from Sunday's first Art Against Bullying Workshop at OPen Ground Studios in partnership with Paul Richmond and the You Will Rise Project. 

Full News Story

Monterey Herald | Sept 2, 2017

Short Interivew with Paul & Denese of Open Ground Studios

A quick chat with OGS Founder, Denese Sanders, & You Will Rise co-founder, Paul Richmond, on the Art Against Bullying workshop's West Coast debut. 

Full Video

Monterey Herald | Sept 2, 2017

Front page feature on OGS Artist Paul Richmond and Art Against Bullying Workshops in partnership with You Will Rise Project

Paul tells his story about being bullied as a kid and the need he saw for programs that empower victims through the arts. Through the You Will Rise Project, his joint foundation with mentor Linda Regula, he is bringing these programs to the west coast, hosted right here at Open Ground Studios with help from the Arts Council for Monterey County.

Full Article

Bookbinding Now

OGS Instructor and book artist Nicky Yeager's interview with the bi-weekly podcast, Bookbinding Now!

Nicky talks about his craft as a rare books librarian and the art and history of bookbinding. Catch his workshops this Fall at OGS!

Full Interview

The Carmel Pine Cone

Open Ground Studios Celebrates 4 Years of creating art in community!

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Open Ground Studios recieves second grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County!


Program Title/ Request for Funds:

Developing Partnerships for Growth and Public Benefit

Grant Award: $4,500


KMRL Radio ~ Pub Talk with Denese Sanders

July 8, 2015
With Hosts Jeff White & Chris Nelson, "the beer geek!"


PUB TALK- 7/8/15 - Denese Sanders Interview
00:00 / 00:00

Monterey Herald | March 7, 2015

Seaside’s Open Ground Studios a haven for local artists

photo credit: Vernon McNight


Community Palette Showcase Event | March 7, 2015
Denese Sanders & Open Ground Studios | Winner

photo credit: Christine Holding Photography 


The annual Community Palette event highlights an array of selected artists/entrepreneurs in different categories, giving them the opportunity to share their passion with an audience of their peers. At the end of the night, a vote is held and the selected artist receives all of the money raised in order to help them meet their growth goals”


"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." Bill Gates

Sanders' five minute speech

Monterey County Weekly 3/2015

State of the Art

 "Artists are creating, buyers are buying and schools and nonprofits are funding. What you don’t know about the Monterey County visual arts scene might surprise you." By Walter Ryce




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