Open Studios Art Tour

Next Event Times: 
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:00 am to Sunday, October 16, 2016 5:00 pm

2016 Open Studios Art Tour - weekends of October 8/9 & 15/16 - 10am to 5pm each day

ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour is FREE to the public and one of the largest tours in the country. Approximately 200 artists participate throughout San Luis Obispo County by opening their studios for visitors to tour two weekends in October, 10am-5pm each day. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly in their working studios. Many artists have live demonstrations and works in progress so visitors can see art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion.

Tour visitors plan self-guided routes by looking through the printed full-color catalog, the online catalog or the mobile-friendly map. The catalog features images of participating artists' work, their contact information and maps to their studios. Printed catalogs, found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, will be available beginning September 16, 2016. Check this page in September to find a catalog location near you.

Visitors should read the "Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists Blog" scrolling at the bottom of this page to gain insight into the artists. And, for a sampling of the Open Studios Art Tour artists work, be sure to visit the 12 x 12 x 12 Preview Show at Art Central Gallery (1329 Monterey St., SLO) from October 7th through 31st. 

As one Open Studios visitor remarked, "The art means more when one talks directly to the artist.”

How can I help support the Tour? 

Join the Open Studios Art Tour Steering Committee, or make a donation

I am an artist, how can I participate in the Tour?

Fine artists and crafters who live or work in San Luis Obispo County are encouraged to apply! Applications are closed for the 2016. Click here for more information about being a Tour artist in future years.

Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists

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