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What is an Open Studio Tour?

An open studio event provides an opportunity for artists and craftspeople to reach a broad audience, to educate their community and ultimately to develop new markets. During these events, the general public is invited to view the artists’ studios, to experience the creative environment and, hopefully, to make a purchase directly from the artist.

What distinguishes an open studio event from a studio visit or museum-sponsored tour is the intended audience. Whether organized under the auspices of a community arts group (in this instance it is a function of the Martin Arts Guild) or by independent artists, an open studio event welcomes the general public rather than a specific group. Some of those who attend an open studio event may never venture into an art or craft gallery or attend a museum exhibition opening. It is this egalitarian distinction that makes an open studio event a vibrant addition to the community.

The Martin County Open Studio Tour is a two-day event. Maps allow visitors to plan their routes, and visit as many or as few of the participating artists’ spaces as they wish. The artists live and work throughout Martin County and represent various media, from sculpture to jewelry to textiles to painting.