5 things you need to know about the 2016 Artist Open Studio tour

Open Studio weekend is coming up on April 23-24! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Tour books are now available for $10 at the following locations:
    1. Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J Street, Modesto T-F 11:30-5 and Sat. 12-4
    2. Carnegie Art Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock W-Sun 11-5
    3. Oakdale Chamber of Commerce
    4. Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery, 10th Street, Modesto
    5. Crow Trading, 1208 J Street, Modesto
    6. Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau, 9th and L St., Modesto
  2. Your tour book is your ticket for the entire weekend driving tour. The tour hours are Saturday, 10 – 6 and Sunday noon – 5.
  3. Visit our preview show Friday, April 15 or Saturday, April 16 at the Gallo Center for the Arts lobby between 6 and 9 p.m.
  4. When you purchase a tour book, fill out an entry form for a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate good for the purchase of art from this year’s tour participants. The drawings will be held on Saturday, April 16 at the preview, and on April 21 at 3rd Thursday Art Walk. An online entry can also be made at www.stanislausAOS.eventbrite.com
  5. There are over 80 artists in this year’s tour from Turlock to Modesto to Oakdale! Get your tickets early and plan to see as many as you can.
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Artist Registration Open through Jan. 2016

We’ve already received over 30 Artist registrations!

Oil painting by Chella, one of our 2016 tour artists.

Oil painting by Chella, one of our 2016 tour artists.

Don’t procrastinate. Next year’s tour will be April 23-24, 2016. The earlier we can promote and advertise, the better attendance we get. Interested Stanislaus County artists can register until Jan. 15. The registration fee is $75.

You can download and print the registration information here and mail it in with your fee and photo. Your high resolution photos can be emailed to openstudio.stanislaus@gmail.com

AOS 2016 ARTIST REG

Online registration is also available at Eventbrite.com (There is an extra fee for online registration.)

Or pick up a registration form at Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J Street, Modesto or Carnegie Art Center in Turlock.

We are looking forward to a successful 6th year! Hope to see you there.

Artist Registration Open for 2016 Tour

Interested Stanislaus County artists can register for next April’s tour in one of three ways. The registration fee is $65.00 until October 30. Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 15, the registration will be $75.00.

To register early, join us at an Early Registration party on Saturday, October 3 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mistlin Gallery. Forms will be available. Please bring your registration fee (cash or check), and a representative, high resolution digital photo of your art work on CD. Photos can also be emailed to Openstudio.stanislaus@gmail.com

Photographer, John Wynn, will be also available to shoot art photos at the party for a small donation to AOS.

IF you can’t make it to the party, you can download and print the registration information here and mail it in with your fee and photo.

AOS 2016 ARTIST REG

Online registration is also available at Eventbrite.com

We are looking forward to a successful 6th year! Hope to see you there.

Only Two More Days!

While the artists are bustling, getting their studios ready for visitors, you should purchase your tour book and plan out your weekend. While you probably can’t make it to EVERY studio, we’d love it if you can visit as many as possible.

Mistlin Gallery, at 1015 J Street, will be open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, to sell tour map booklets. Most artists will have a few on hand as well if you’re going directly to a studio. Books are $10 each for adults and free for kids under 18.

Plan to make a trip through our sponsoring galleries. Mistlin Gallery and the Carnegie Art Center in Turlock are having a joint exhibition, the “Central California Art Showcase” where many of the tour artists are on display. The Chartreuse Muse gallery will be open Saturday.

Nasco retail store will be open Saturday from 10 – 3 where artist, Lynn Takacs, will be doing a demonstration and showing her art.

Don’t forget, on your tour booklet is an entry form for a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate good for art from any tour participant. Entry forms can be dropped off at any studio location throughout the weekend. The drawing will be held in early May.

Support our community by dining local during the tour days, and supporting our other sponsors: Trewin Framery, Arrowhead Insurance, Modesto View Magazine, Integrity Fiduciary Services, Slater’s Home Furnishings and The Park’s Group.

2015 Map Booklets on Sale Monday, March 2

This year’s tour booklets will go on sale Monday, March 2 at the following locations:

  • Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J Street, Modesto
  • Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery, 918 10th Street, Modesto
  • Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1150 9th Street (and L), Modesto
  • Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock
  • Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, 590 N. Yosemite, Oakdale

Three preview events are further opportunities to purchase maps and see examples of artists’ work that will be participating on the tour:

  • Saturday, April 11, Noon – 3:00 p.m. at Nasco Modesto Retail Store, 4825 Stoddard Rd. Modesto
  • Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 11th and I Streets, Modesto

You can also purchase map booklets from participating artists beginning March 8.

Please email openstudio.stanislaus@gmail.com for more information.

66 Artists Will Participate in Our 5th Year

Sixty-six artists will be sharing, selling and demonstrating their work at this year’s Open Studio Tour, April 25-26. Of those, 16 are new to the tour, and 50 are returning from last year or years past.

This is the 5th year of our tour, originally headed by Alice Richards and supported by the Stanislaus Travel and Tourism Roundtable. The tour’s goal is to involve artists from all nine cities of Stanislaus County and who open their studios with an atmosphere of learning for visitors. This is also an opportunity for artists to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their work.

2015 Tour Book cover featuring the work of founding chair, Alice Richards.

2015 Tour Book cover featuring the work of founding chair, Alice Richards.

In 2009, a four member Steering Committee met for a year to plan, promote and publicize the tour. Over fifty artists signed up. Tour maps were designed and sold for $10. The Artist Open Studio tour has been a success these past four years with as many as 75 artists included. This year, 2015, marks 5 years of the tour’s existence. Congratulations to the volunteers who have made this, and past years, a reality.

To celebrate our 5th anniversary, the Open Studio committee has decided to give away FIVE $200 gift certificates to tourists, drawn from the entry forms returned to any participating studio. The drawing will take place the week following the tour, and will be good towards purchase of any original art at any studio through the month of May.

Tour books will be on sale the first of March for $10 at the following locations: Carnegie Art Center in Turlock, Mistlin Art Gallery, Chartreuse Muse Gallery and Modesto Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in Modesto, and the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Map booklets can also be purchased from any participating artist.