Artists collage
(Arts Council Santa Cruz)
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Share Your Feedback: How was your Open Studios experience this year?

This month, Arts Council Santa Cruz County invited you to explore over 300 artist studios during the Open Studios Art Tour. Share your feedback as they continue to improve upon this beloved local tradition.

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What is Open Studios?

Open Studios is your opportunity to explore creativity in Santa Cruz County. For 35 years, Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s goal has been simple: connect artists with people who love art.

For the first three weekends in October, artists from the redwoods to the bay open their studios so that friends, neighbors, and strangers from near and far can discover art in this stunning county.

There are seasoned artists who’ve participated since 1986, talented newcomers, and makers and creators of all kinds. Neighbors, friends, collectors and art lovers are invited to meet the artists, see their creative process up close, and buy art directly from the source.

Stacy Frank, making a print
Stacy Frank, making a print
(Arts Council Santa Cruz County)

“We’re so happy to be producing the tour again this year,” said Ann Ostermann, Open Studios Director for Arts Council Santa Cruz County. “Artists are really looking forward to having one on one conversations with their visitors after a long year of interacting with folks online. We’ve supplied every artist with face masks, hand sanitizer and signage to keep themselves, their families, their helpers and their guests safe during the tour.’

Open Studios takes place the first three weekends of October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Studios are divided between North and South County (with the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor as the dividing point) on the following schedule:

  • October 2-3: South County artists
  • October 9-10: North County artists
  • October 16-17: All County weekend featuring select artists

This year, more than ever, it’s taken a lot of planning and rearranging to prepare for the tour. The payoff comes in the form of new connections, art sales, and a renewed sense of joy in sharing the artistic process.

— Ann Ostermann, Open Studios Director