Ann Ostermann, Open Studio and Outreach Manager for the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County was the guest for KZSC‘s (UCSC‘s radio station) Artists on Art Radio show to talk about the upcoming wonderful events centered around the 25th Anniversary Open Studio Art Tours. This is the 7th Open Studios for Ann working with the CCSCC. The CCSCC is celebrating 31 years of existence. The Santa Cruz County residents and artists are the beneficiaries of this wonderful organization that Ann describes as a marketing program for artists.
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios Art Tour takes place the first three weekends in October. From the redwoods to the sea, thousands of art enthusiasts visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work.
We had a wonderful time talking about how the Open Studios began with the relatively new Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. This unique Art Tour has been running yearly since in 1986. It is a self-guided tour with 300 studios open throughout Santa Cruz County. Art Tour information is available through the 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, a Preview Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League, and on their website (learn more about event details (PDF). The $20 museum-quality, 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, available at more than 50 locations in Santa Cruz County, includes a map of Open Studios Locations and contact information for each artist. Calendar sales support production of the event, and benefit local arts and arts learning programs.
The beautiful commemorative poster was done by an artist who has been in every single Open Studios, Liz Lyons Freidman. The image depicts “Studios by the Sea,” and is an incredible work of art revealing some of the diversity and beauty of Santa Cruz County–two striking aspects visitors to Open Studios are sure to experience. The cover image hints at the “ultimate art adventure” in store for Open Studios Art Tour attendees.
This wonderful lino artist, Liz, will be signing and numbering Supporters Limited Edition posters Thursday, September 23rd from 5-7pm at the York Gallery at 2745 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. For more information, please call 831-462-0313.
The details for the three weekends and location of the art tours are as follows:
SOUTH COUNTY October 2 & 3 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NORTH COUNTY October 9 & 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ENCORE STUDIOS October 16 & 17 10 am. to 5 p.m.
South County = South of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
North County = North of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
Encore Weekend = Encore Studios open in both North and South County.
There are several new events special for the 25th Anniversary tour along with some standards such as getting a sneek preview at the Santa Cruz Art League. One piece of original art by each of the Open Studios Artists will be on display. This takes place Saturday, September 25th; the display will continue Sunday the 26th to October 17th at 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. For more information please call: (831) 426-5787. The Santa Cruz Art League hours are: Wednesday 11-5, Thursday 11-7, Friday 11-5, Saturday & Sunday 10-5. Closed Monday & Tuesday. The public reception takes place Sunday, September 26th, 3-6 p.m.
The second event is happening for the first time at the brand new Corralitos Cultural Center/Corralitos Artists’ Collective . This exhibition will feature art from artists with studios in Freedom, Corralitos, La Selva Beach & Watsonville only. This event begins Saturday, September 25th and runs through Sunday, October 17th at 127 Hames Road, Corralitos. For more information please call: (831) 254-2669. The Corralitos Cultural Center house are: Friday 3-6, Saturday & Sunday 12-3. Closed Monday-Thursday. The public reception takes place on Saturday, September 25th, 3-6 p.m.
Here’s a little twitvid of Ann speaking minutes before our live show: