Open Studio Tour invites public into artists’ realm this weekend

November 7, 2011

The Open Studio Tour these days spreads far and wide to Green Valley and Oro Valley, but the greatest concentration of artist’s studios opening their doors to the public for a weekend is still in the immediate Downtown area.

The Fall Open Studio Tour involves 217 studios that will welcome the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13. The self-guided tour is free.

A detailed program of participating artists and maps to their studios is posted on the Tucson Pima Arts Council website at

Sponsored by the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), this year’s tour will be even easier to follow thanks to virtual mapping systems.  You can chart your course to your favorite studios with the maps on our website or on the Arizona Daily Star’s online websites or from your phone with our new phone app.

Chances are there is at least one studio tour artist in your own neighborhood and you can add them to your list of must-see artists when mapping out your weekend tour. The printed version of the OST Directory will be available as an insert in the Sunday, Nov. 6 edition of the Arizona Daily Star.  Many artists will have free copies in their studios.

This celebration of Tucson’s artists begins with a preview exhibition hosted for a second year by the Jewish Community Center at 3800 E. River Rd. from Oct. 27 through Nov. 9. It concludes with a meet-the-artist reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday Nov. 9.

The Open Studio Tour is about creating connections between you and this amazing, artistic resource we have in our community.  So round up the gang and plan a full weekend of exploration of warehouses, adobe studios, transformed garages, and backyards, galleries, into the mountains and down the valley.  The tour is free and everyone is welcome.