Carpinteria artist Ben Watts’ sculptural rendition of Casitas Plaza is currently on display at SlingShot art studio and gallery in Santa Barbara. Looking to take on a new artistic medium and delve into the world of sculpture, Watts decided to recreate Casitas Plaza, a cityscape that has grown familiar to him as he commutes past it every day on his bicycle. Watts lives and works in Carpinteria and has been an artist at SlingShot for around five years.

The 25”x 29”x 16” piece is crafted from hand-cut foam core board, acrylic paint and paper scraps, and is visible in the SlingShot gallery window at 220 W. Canon Perdido St. Suite A.

SlingShot is an art studio and gallery for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to create and sell art. The studio provides space, materials and facilitation for each artist to immerse themselves in their artistic practice. While the studio remains closed due to Covid-19, the gallery is open by appointment.

“Casitas Plaza” is priced at $300 with half the proceeds going to SlingShot. Those interested in purchasing Watts’ sculpture or making an appointment to visit the gallery should call studio manager Kelly Cottrell at (805) 770-3878. To learn more about SlingShot, visit

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