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


Online registration is also available at (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

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.


Online registration is also available at

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 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.

Early Registration Party Oct. 4

Reduced Price Artist Registration through October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4 is your opportunity to register for the 2015 Open Studio Tour at a reduced fee. Join the AOS steering committee at the home of Tricia Spenker for drinks, dessert and a chance to say hello to our community of artists.
When: Saturday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Tricia’s house (email for directions,
Bring: Yourself, a favorite beverage to share
We Supply: Dessert, cups, etc.
ALSO Bring: Your completed AOS registration form (attached) and payment of $65 – the form can also be found in local galleries starting this week. After Oct. 4, the registration will be $75.
RSVP: by email or on our Facebook page event at:
By registering early, you help us have the best opportunity for a broad publicity campaign to bring more audience to you and your studio. It’s our 5th year, and we hope to make it the best ever!