Our Story

Sanctuary Art and Music Studio (SAMS) was founded in 2009 by Marc and Paula Intravaia, both passionate about creating a place for creative play and development of hands-on skills. Realizing there were few opportunities in school or in the busy lives of adults to make meaning through the arts, the Intravaias began SAMS as a home based business in Del Mar offering private lessons in art and music, and occasional house concerts.

In 2014, SAMS opened in its new location in Sorrento Valley. The spacious studio area allows us to continue to grow. We look forward to having you join us for a workshop or a couple hours of open creative exploration in materials or sound.

Paula is a credentialed teacher with a Fine Arts degree from SDSU and certificate of achievement from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Institute, is a teacher for the Del Mar Union School District.

Marc “Twang” Intravaia, a professional musician since 1973, is a founding member and manager of the Eve Selis Band (established in 1991), and Carmel Valley guitar teacher for a decade. His clientele ranges from beginners to professional musicians of all ages. Marc has won numerous San Diego Music Awards with bandmate Eve Selis and has performed with Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, America, Suzy Bogguss, BJ. Thomas, and many others.

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