Open Studios Art Tour


2015 Artists

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Ann Ostermann
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Artists for the 2016 tour have been invited and it’s a stellar cast!  Click here for the full list of this year’s amazing line up! Open Studios 2016 Artists

Dates for the 2016 Tour:

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

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

All County Weekend – Saturday & Sunday, October 15th & 16th

How was the Tour different in 2015?

Last year we partnered with Good Times and our circle of Angel Investors to completely rework the Open Studios business model. What did that mean? A free Artist Guide was included in the September 30th issue of Good Times, and a dramatically discounted Guide or App was on sale for just $5.

Will the Guide be free again this year?
Yes! This year both the Artist Guide and the App will be FREE. 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 or download the free App, or just wander in where you see the green signs.
Where does the tour take place?
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 indulge your sense of adventure. It’s a great thing to do alone, with family, or with friends.

Who are the 2016 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 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?

Stay tuned for updates from our lodging partners in Santa Cruz County.

The application period for the 2016 tour is now closed – artists have been juried into the tour. Invited 2016 Open Studios Artists can pay their participation fees here.