Open Studios on the Central Coast
Did you know that there are hundreds of professional artists that call the Central Coast home? Of course, this is a great place for an artist to live. There is tons of inspiration all around; the people who call the Central Coast home are some of the most creative, generous and kind I’ve ever met; and there is an understanding of the value of art and creative endeavors here. Next weekend, many of these artists (over 100 in fact) are opening up their studios for visitors to see. A studio visit is a very important part of getting to know an artist—the studio is both a very private and very public place. It’s a place where creativity is unleashed, where emotion and creation rule, and also a place where the commercial end of an artists’ trade comes to a head. It’s where potential collectors will first see an artist’s work, where gallerists will learn about an artist’s style and method of work. There is a ton that you can learn from an artist by going on a studio visit.
You can visit the studio of George Asdel, one of the featured artists, in Atascadero. His creation above.
This is an opportunity for the public to gain access to these acclaimed artists’ studio spaces. It’s your chance to take an inside look at what goes on behind closed doors. You never know, you might see a work of art that you fall in love with, and become a collector yourself.
If you are interested in the weekend open studios art tour, you can grab a guidebook to the whole event at many of the local Chambers of Commerce in the Central Coast. The guidebook will give you some basic information about each of the artists and a glimpse into one or two of their works. This guide can also be downloaded at http://www.artsobispo.org/openstudios.php
If you get yourself to the open studio day, please come back and let us know how it was. At the El Colibri, we’re big supporters of local arts and love to help Central Coast artists in any way we can!
Image from here