Open Studios Art Tour

Next Event Times: 
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:00 am to Sunday, October 16, 2016 5:00 pm

2016 Open Studios Art Tour - weekends of October 8/9 & 15/16 - 10am to 5pm each day

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, found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, will be available beginning September 17, 2016. Click here to find a catalog location near you.

Visitors should read the "Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists Blog" scrolling at the bottom of this page to gain insight into the artists. And, for a sampling of the Open Studios Art Tour artists work, be sure to visit the 12 x 12 x 12 Preview Show at Art Central Gallery (1329 Monterey St., SLO) from October 7th through 31st. 

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

Changes to the 2016 Open Studios Art Tour and catalog:

  • Mari O'Brien: Studio number 98, San Luis Obispo will be closed due to illness
  • Jim Amberg - Studio number 112, Los Osos will be open the first weekend of Open Studios Art Tour (Oct. 8/9), not the second weekend as stated in the catalog

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! Applications are closed for the 2016. Click here for more information about being a Tour artist in future years.

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



And, many thanks to our 2016 Open Studios Art Tour catalog advertisers:

Alice Sennett, Art by Patricia, Art Central, Atelier 708, B. Anthony & Company Jewelers, Back Bay Pottery, Barnhill & Barnhill, Beacon Art Show, Benton Way Studio, Bruce Everett, Cal Poly Arts, Catherine’s Art & Soul, Central Coast Glassblowing and Fusing, Central Coast Printing, Central Coast Weavers, CowParade SLO County, Curtis Essen Photography, David Kreitzer: American Realist, deLuque & Tinglof, Devencenzi, Draze, Turk, Festival Mozaic, Gallery at Marina Square, Giselle No. 5 Ceramics, Gnos Art Studio, Jayne Behman Gallery & Studio, Laurel Sherrie/Susan & Tim Heaton, Morro Bay Art Association, Pandora Nash-Karner, Patricia Griffin Studio & Gallery, Patti Robbins, Seaside Gallery

Meet the Open Studios Art Tour Artists

September 22, 2016

I love to paint outdoors, also known as painting “en plein air”.  Nature itself is my primary inspiration, with all...

I'm expanding my artistic horizons:
September 22, 2016

In my studio I'm expanding. 

I've always done representational drawings and paintings, yes I really pushed...

September 22, 2016

Traveling west at the age of 25 from the eastern United States, I saw the golden hills and blue skies of the...