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2013 Orange County Open Studio Tour Registration now open

  |   June 14, 2013  |  Comment


The 2013 Open Studio Tour will take place over TWO weekends this year and will cover ALL studios located in Orange County.

October 12 & 13 will showcase the Eastern half of the County (located East of Route 17)

October 19 & 20 will be the Western half of the County (located West of Route 17).


The purpose of the Open Studio Tour is to provide the public with a self-guided tour of local performing and visual art studios and venues. Orange County artists and arts organizations are invited to open their doors to the public in an effort to educate, communicate and bring about a broader knowledge of the arts. The Open Studio Tour provides a rare opportunity for the public to observe working artists during the creative process. Each artist will be available from 11am-5pm both days within their own studio, in a shared studio with other artists, or in a HUB location where several artists will be demonstrating.

The objectives of the Open Studio Tour weekend are to:

1. Provide an educational experience to the regional community by inviting the general public to experience the life of local artists at work in their studio environment,

2. Offer opportunities for the community to learn about the artistic process and sources of artistic inspiration,

3. Present artists with an opportunity to market their work to the local community,

4. Encourage people to collect art by helping them begin art collections or enhance existing ones,

5. Create a greater awareness of the diversity and quality of local arts among the general public and,

6. Create connections between artists and the general public.

The Studio Tour brochure will be an 8.5”X 11 folded booklet with images of each artist’s work, a physical address of their location, their contact information and a brief description of their art. The booklet will also contain information on how to access maps and directions through the Arts Council’s website. A downloadable version of the booklet will also be available on the Arts Council’s website. Three thousand booklets will be distributed throughout the county in galleries, hotels, B&Bs, businesses, eateries, art organizations, tourist information centers, libraries and at the Orange County Arts Council offices. In addition, on Friday, October 12th, there will be an Open Studio Tour Reception where each artist can display one piece of work, perform a piece or distribute promotional materials. This event is also an opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of what they might experience during the tours.

It is the Arts Council’s desire that the Open Studio Tour will open up the world of artists to everyone – from students to the seasoned collector to the first-time art buyer or observer to the curious general public. We believe that through education, visitors can become loyal customers and supporters of Orange County art.

Registration forms are available for download on the Arts Council’s website www.ocartscouncil.org,, emailing [email protected], or by calling our offices at 845-469-9168

The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. We accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public.  The vision of The Orange County Arts Council is to make the arts accessible to all people.

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