The Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour is now taking applications from local artists wishing to have their work displayed in the upcoming spring event.
The final deadline to register is Jan. 15 and the application fee is $75 for artists of all media in Modesto, Turlock and surrounding areas. The application can be downloaded at stanislausaos.com.
The free tour will take place will take place April 23 and 24 at 1422 Fordham Ave. in Modesto and visitors will have an opportunity to see a variety of workplaces.
“A studio is a place where someone makes art – it can be a room, garage or barn – clean or messy, funky or classic,” said the event’s website. “Some artists will be creating art when you visit and others combine studio spaces to share their artwork with the public. This is an opportunity to experience a variety of art from painting to jewelry, from woodwork to pottery. Some of Stanislaus’s hidden gems only open their studio doors for this once-a-year event.”
The tour is self-guided and patrons can download a free map on the website. It is recommended that visitors plan out their route beforehand to make sure they have ample time to visit all of the artists.
Many of the artists will have their work available for purchase, however they are also there to discuss their and others' work with the public.
Artists looking to sell their work should contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application requires a brief description of the art work and a high-quality digital photograph of art work to be included in the tour booklet. For a full list of guidelines visit the website.
“Artists love to share the joy of creating art and their processes, to the curious and those who just love art. Feel free to ask the artist questions or just quietly soak it all in,” said the website. “You will find unique art pieces in the studios, and most artists have their original artwork available for purchase during this event…if you see something you like be sure to ask, but there is no obligation to buy anything.”
The event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guests are asked to wear a mask. Some of the event's sponsors include the Carnegie Arts Center and the Stanislaus State Art Space.