Open Studios Art Tour

Open Studios Art Tour - October 14/15 & 21/22, 2017

ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour is FREE to the public and one of the largest tours in the country. Approximately 200 artists participate throughout San Luis Obispo County by opening their studios for visitors to tour two weekends in October, 10am-5pm each day. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly in their working studios. Many artists have live demonstrations and works in progress so visitors can see art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion.

Tour visitors plan self-guided routes by looking through the printed full-color catalog, the online catalog or the mobile-friendly map. The catalog features images of participating artists' work, their contact information and maps to their studios. Printed catalogs are found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County beginning in mid-September through the Tour.

Visitors can read the "Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists Blog" scrolling at the bottom of this page to gain insight into the 2016 artists.

As one Open Studios visitor remarked, "The art means more when one talks directly to the artist.”

How can I help support the Tour? 

Join the Open Studios Art Tour Steering Committee, or make a donation

I am an artist, how can I participate in the Tour?

Fine artists and crafters who live or work in San Luis Obispo County are encouraged to apply! Click here for more information about being a Tour artist.

Applications for the 2017 Tour are closed. Sign up for our general email newsletter to be notified when the applications are available for the 2018 Tour.

 Thank you to the New Times for sponsoring the 2016 Open Studios Art Tour!

And, many thanks to our 2017 Open Studios Art Tour catalog advertisers:

Alice Sennett, Amphora Gallery, Art by Patricia, Art Central, Back Bay Pottery, Beacon Art Show, Bonestell Studios, Bruce Everett, Cal Poly Arts, Catherine’s Art & Soul, Central Coast Glassblowing and Fusing, Central Coast Printing, Central Coast Weavers, Charles Varni/Jayne Devencenzi, Crissa Hewitt Benton Way Studio, Curtis Essen Photography, deLuque & Tinglof, Festival Mozaic, Gallery at Marina Square, Giselle No. 5 Ceramics, J Amberg Jewelry Boxes, Jayne Behman Gallery & Studio, Laurel Sherrie, Margaret Bertrand/Bob Dodge, Morro Bay Art Association, Opera San Luis Obispo, Pandora Nash-Karner/Anita Marie Schwebel, Park Street Gallery, Patricia Griffin Studio & Gallery, Patti Robbins, Randy Stromsoe, RM Studios, Sayva Creative Studio & Gallery, Seaside Gallery, Sooz Barn, Standhardt Studio

Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists

Ann Bonestell's soldered glass shadow box, with hand-crafted metalwork
October 16, 2017

I can’t wait to share my 2017 soldered glass series with Open Studios Art Tour guests! This latest collection...

Rod Baker, #49 at Central Coast Glass Blowing and Fusing. Photo by David Middlecamp.
October 16, 2017
In my Glass Studio, Gallery and Glass Sculpture Garden, 2017 Open Studios Art Tour guests will find a combination of...
Jay Bonestell enjoying guest questions.
October 16, 2017

For my artist wife, Ann (#52) and me (#53), Open Studios Art Tour is the main event of our art year. We host a fun...