Skip the galleries and go straight to the source this weekend when 27 Davis artists open their studios to visitors during the Davis Art Studio Tour.
The event will offer a rare insider’s view of the artists, their work, and their process. This year’s participating artists include both well-established and emerging talent working in a variety of mediums.
“It really is a behind-the-scenes experience,” says Sara Post, artist and organizer involved with this year’s tour. “When you go to a gallery, especially a group show, you only see one or two of an artist’s pieces. It’s only a little slice of what they do. A studio gives you the whole idea behind the artist’s work. A lot of people have work in their studio that is never shown and you can’t see anywhere else.”
Prior to the tour opening on Saturday, a Gala Reception will be held at The Artery in downtown Davis on Friday, May 30 from 7pm-9pm. The exhibit will feature works from all artists participating in the tour, giving “people the opportunity to meet the artist, see their work and really prioritize which studios they want to visit,” says Post. “It should be a lot fun. There will be some sparkling wine. Good drinks and good company.”
The tour will be self-guided, with studios spread throughout the city of Davis. There are many easily accessible downtown locations as well as home studios tucked away on neighborhood streets.
This is the second year that the tour has been organized by the artists themselves and attendees can expect to meet each of them at their respective studios, all of which will have work for sale.
The Davis Art Studio Tour will be held May 31 and June 1 from 10am to 5pm. Tickets ($10) may be purchased at The Artery (107 G Street) in Davis, or at the individual studios during the tour. Children under 12 are free.
For more information on the Davis Art Studio Tour, the artists involved, maps of studio locations (also available with ticket purchase) visit www.davisartstudiotour.com.