Open Studios Art Tour
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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
The application period for the 2016 tour is now closed.
Applications for this year’s tour are being reviewed by seven arts professionals: 2016 Jurors PDF
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:
- FREE preview on Good Times website
- In our Open Studios Art Tour App ($4.99 on iTunes or Google Play) – App Tips & Tricks
What is the Open Studios Art Tour?
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.
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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?