.Open Studios Art Tour 2016

A co-production of Arts Council Santa Cruz County and Good Times

Open Studios Art Tour is your opportunity to explore creativity in Santa Cruz County. For 31 years, our goal has been simple: connect artists with people who love art. For the first three weekends in October, artists from the redwoods to the bay open their studios so that friends, neighbors, and strangers from near and far can discover art in this stunning county.

Use this Guide to personalize your tour. View great art while stepping inside the creative process, meeting the makers, and discovering new areas of Santa Cruz County. Download the free App to make your touring experience even easier!

Our 2016 Tour features 278 artists working in dozens of mediums. You’ll find seasoned artists who’ve particpated since 1986 and talented newcomers—many opening their studios for the first time.

Welcome, and enjoy!

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Tour Dates

October 1 & 2: South County—From Watsonville to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, South County boasts marvelous artists and venues throughout the towns and countryside.

October 8 & 9: North County—From the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor on up, including Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley and the artists tucked among the north coast mountain communities.

October 15 & 16: All County—All across the county, most artists open again for the final weekend.

Hours: 11am to 5pm

About the Arts Council Santa Cruz County: 

We’re the team that produces the Open Studios Art Tour—and so much more. We love Santa Cruz County and our daily work finds us supporting artists and arts organizations in dozens of ways to make our community stronger. With a mission to promote, connect, and invest in the arts to stimulate creativity and vibrancy in Santa Cruz County, we’ve been the bedrock of our arts community since 1979. Through grants, arts education programs, and community initiatives such as Ebb & Flow, we help Santa Cruz County flourish. Learn more at artscouncilsc.org


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