Open Studios Art Tour
View the 2023 Artist Directory
300+ participating artists across Santa Cruz County
See you in 2024!
Applications for the 2024 Open Studios Art Tour will open March 1, 2024. Deadline to apply is midnight, April 30, 2024.
Sign up for the Visual Artists Opportunities newsletter to be notified about this and other ways to share your art with the public (link at the bottom of this page)
- Capitola Soquel Times - October 2023 edition
- "Open Studios Art Tour coming soon" - The Pajaronian
- "10 must-see stops on the 37th annual Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour" - Lookout Santa Cruz
- "Open Studios Hot Spots County Guide" - Santacruz.org
- "Nature photographer aims for Open Studios" - The Pajaronian
- "Photos: Open Studios Art Tour Returns" - Santa Cruz Sentinel
- "Open Studios is back this month with more than 300 artists opening their doors across the county" - Lookout Santa Cruz
- "South County Open Studios Art Tour is here" - The Pajaronian
- "Open Studios — First 3 Weekends in October" - TGP Online Daily
- "All in the family" - Santa Cruz Sentinel
- "Photo: Open Studios Art Tour kicks off" - The Pajaronian
- "Open Studios Art Tour ends strong despite rainy conditions" - Press Banner
In artist's studios throughout Santa Cruz County.
South County includes studios south of the Yacht Harbor: Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, and Watsonville
North County includes studios north of the Yacht Harbor: Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Davenport, Felton, Santa Cruz (city) and Scotts Valley
Find participating All County artists in the guide and map, or just look for the green signs all over the county.
A studio is a place where someone makes art – it could be a room in their house, a space in a warehouse, a garage, or something different altogether. Everyone has a different method to art-making – clean or messy, funky or classic, huge or tiny. Open Studios gives you an opportunity to see this amazing variety of approaches and styles. This year we even have some artists participating who don’t work in studios. You might find multiple artists at one studio, or multiple artists in a gallery.
Experience art where it was created, meet an artist, and learn about their artistic process. Open Studios is also a great way to meet neighbors you might not have known were artists, or visit a new part of the county. Visit one studio or make a day of it.
Anyone. Seriously, you don’t even need an Artist Guide (although it helps). You can follow the green directional artist signs all over Santa Cruz County during the first three weekends in October, and indulge your sense of adventure. It’s a great thing to do alone, with family, or with friends.
Yes! The Guide is free, the App is free, there’s no cost for visiting a studio. You might want to bring your wallet just in case you find a perfect piece to bring home or a gift for a loved one.
Download via App Store or Google Play. Search keyword “Santa Cruz County Open Studios”.
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 by a jury of seven arts professionals, all from outside of Santa Cruz County.
Applications for the 2024 tour will be available March 1, 2024. The tour is limited to adults [18 or older] who are residents of Santa Cruz County. Return to this page to apply.
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.
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