Open Studios Art Tour


2015 Artists

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Ann Ostermann
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Dates for the 2016 Tour:

South County – Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd

North County – Saturday & Sunday, October 8th & 9th

Encore Weekend – Saturday & Sunday, October 15th & 16th


Applications are now live and can be found on Zapp.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, we will waive your $40 Application Fee. Contact Ann Ostermann – 831.475.9600 x17, – to receive a discount code, which will be entered at checkout.

Deadline to apply is midnight, Saturday, April 30th

Guidelines & FAQ – PDF

Application Checklist – PDF

Image formatting tips & list of photographers – PDF

Application Assistance Workshops

Arts Council will offer FREE Application Assistance workshops to answer general questions about participating in Open Studios, a tour of the online application process, and preparation of the required digital files.

No reservation is required. All workshops will be held at the Arts Council, 1070 River Street in Santa Cruz.

Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, March 16th, 7-8 pm
  • Saturday, March 19th, 11 am – Noon
  • Saturday, April 2nd, 1-2 pm
  • Thursday, April 14th, 7-8 pm

 Digital Image preparation

A limited number of FREE digital image preparation appointments will be offered. At your appointment, we will prepare the seven application images and the Artist Guide image from your digital files while you wait. If you have created your Artist Profile on ZAPP® prior to the appointment, we will upload the sized images to your Image Library.

Appointments last one hour and will be held at the Arts Council, 1070 River Street, Santa Cruz (Tannery Arts Center Campus).

Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, April 2nd, 10-11am, 11am-Noon
  • Saturday, April 16th, 10-11am, 11am-Noon, Noon-1pm
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 11am-Noon, Noon-1pm

Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your appointment online.

Stay tuned for more details on the 2016 Tour. See below for archived info.

How was the Tour different in 2015?

We’ve partnered with Good Times and our circle of Angel Investors to completely rework the Open Studios business model. What does this mean? A free Artist Guide for you, in the September 30th issue of Good Times, or a dramatically discounted Guide or App for just $5. We’re working to make Open Studios truly open, for friends, neighbors, and anyone who lives, works, or plays in Santa Cruz County. Pick up a Guide, buy the app, or just wander in where you see the green signs.

How do I find the artists and their studios?
Get your Guide:

What is the Open Studios Art Tour?
The skinny
Open Studios Art Tour is an annual self-guided studio tour of 300 artist studios across Santa Cruz County during the first three weekends in October.

The longer low-down

When is it?
In 2015 Open Studios is October 3rd & 4th (North County), 10th & 11th (South County), and 17th & 18th (encore) from 11am – 5pm each day.

Where is it?
The Tour takes place throughout Santa Cruz County, from the redwoods to the sea.

  • North County includes studios north of the Yacht Harbor: Santa Cruz, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Felton, and Scotts Valley
  • South County includes studios south of the Yacht Harbor: Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, and Watsonville.

Why take the Tour?
Let art sparkle your day and experience art where it was created, from the person who created it and learn about their artistic process. You may find yourself in a part of the county that you’ve never been to as you track down art that captivates your eye. Bring your friends and a picnic (or pop by The Buttery and they’ll pack one for you), and have a day to remember.

Who can go on the Tour?
Anyone. Seriously, you don’t even need a Guide (although it helps). You can follow the green directional artist signs and your sense of adventure. It’s a great thing to do alone, with family, or with friends.

Who are the 2015 Open Studios artists?
They’re your friends, neighbors, or sometimes people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Some artists are shy and some are gregarious. Some artists are hobbyists, others have non-art day jobs, and some are full-time artists.

Artists have been selected based on their anonymous application by a jury of seven arts professionals. This year’s jury consisted of curators, art professors, gallery directors, and non-profit directors, all from the Central Coast and Bay Area outside of Santa Cruz County.

What is a studio and what is it like to visit them?
A studio as a place where someone makes art – it could be a room in their house, a space in a warehouse, or something different altogether. Everyone has a different method to their art-ness – clean or messy, funky or classic, huge or teensy. Open Studios gives you an opportunity to see this amazing variety to approach and style – enjoy!

Remember: These artists have paid for the opportunity to meet you
They want to feel appreciated and share their process with art-loving (or art-curious) folks like you. Feel free to ask them questions or quietly soak it all in.

Of course they’d love for you to buy their work, but there’s no obligation to buy a thing. That said, artists have pieces for sale in all price ranges. And, if you see something you can’t live without but don’t have the cash on hand, a lot of artists offer payment plans. Just ask.

I’m coming from out of town, where’s a good place to stay?

Hotel Paradox offers a great discount for an artful overnight.