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Want a peek inside area artist havens? Open studio tour returns to Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County’s artists open doors to their studio

More than 80 artists at 43 locations will take part in this year’s Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour on April 23-24, with stops in Modesto, Oakdale, Turlock and more.
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More than 80 artists at 43 locations will take part in this year’s Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour on April 23-24, with stops in Modesto, Oakdale, Turlock and more.

Regional artists will give the public an insider tour of how and where they create their works next weekend.

The ninth annual Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at a variety of homes and venues in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock.

There will be 53 artists showing at 29 locations this year, according Jim Christiansen, among the artists to show — and hopefully sell — works during the two-day event. Some of the locations will feature multiple artists, teaming up to present their works in one place. Christiansen, for instance, will join fellow painter Anne Whitman at Moon & Sixpence, a music venue in downtown Modesto. There will be local music at Moon & Sixpence, as well, during the studio tour.

Art sold during the tour has ticked up over years, according to event chair and photographer Lorraine Nilson. “The first year, I didn’t sell any (art),” she said. “The second year, I changed my strategy and sold about $500 (in art). The next year, $700 and last year I sold almost $2,000.”

Whether or not artists sell anything, they do get their names out there and “get to meet people who like to buy art,” Nilson said. “Even if they don’t sell, they get known a little bit better in the community.”

And the community continues to support the studio tour, she said. “I know people who have come (to studios) and said ‘Oh, I waited all year to come back.’ Everyone seems to enjoy it a lot. It’s a good family event.”

Some of the artists will demonstrate creating their works and others will offer interactive options with patrons.

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Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour

Works this year include a variety of genres, including paintings, pottery, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

The Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour originated as an initiative of the Stanislaus Travel and Tourism Round Table. The all-volunteer event traditionally attracts 700 to 1,000 visitors each year.

To attend, patrons purchase the official map tour book, available for $10 at several galleries in Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale. Students under age 18 can tour the studios for free when accompanied by a map holder.

Map purchases are good for both days, so patrons can make it a weekend affair. A contest entry form in the book also could win one of four original art pieces by participating artists.

Maps are available from any participating artist and at the following locations: In Modesto at Mistlin Gallery and The Chartreuse Muse; in Turlock at Carnegie Arts Center.

Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7

WHERE: Various locations in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock

ADMISSION: $10

ONLINE: www.facebook.com/StanislausAOS

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