Open Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 from 11am to 5pm
On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 11 am – 5 pm, over fifty Arlington, VA artists open their workspaces to the public for the first annual Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour. This free event allows local artists to feature their work, processes and studio spaces, while showcasing the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County. Visitors will find paintings, ceramics, jewelry, paper art, photography, and more.
“Arlington has many accomplished artists creating significant bodies of work in their homes, garages or rented studio space. This open studio tour provides a rare opportunity to see and understand the artistic process that often seems quite mysterious…. You’ll walk away with new insights and appreciation for Arlington’s hidden treasurers—visual artists.” –Katherine Freshley, former Executive Director of Arlington Arts Center
Information about the tour, including a directory of artists, is available at http://arlingtonartstudiotour.org. Starting September 15, maps with studio addresses will be available online and at Arlington Arts Center, Gallery Underground, Lee Arts Center, and more. The online and print directory will indicate if artists are open on Saturday, Sunday, or both.
“This tour addresses a central goal of Arlington County’s Arts and Culture strategy Enriching Lives – to promote local artists and assist them in developing new audiences. The Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development is pleased to support this tour that highlights the County’s diverse range of visual artists. Moreover, the fact that this initiative emerged organically – by and of the artists – is itself a testament to the continued growth and vitality of Arlington’s creative community.” — Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director of Arlington Cultural Affairs
The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is a joint effort by the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington Artists Alliance, Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Westover Artists, and independent artists throughout Arlington County, with support from Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.