The 2013 (19th annual) Orange County Open Studio Tour will be held November 2-3 and November 9-10, 2013. Work from almost all participating artists will be on display at FRANK Gallery and Hillsborough Gallery of Art October 22nd- November 10th.
The Orange County Open Studio Tour was begun in 1995 by Monnda Welch, an enterprising jewelry maker then living in Orange County. Monnda was inspired by the highly successful Chatham County Open Studio Tour, begun a couple of years earlier. Initially unable to receive any help from local arts organizations, Monnda single-handedly promoted and organized the first Orange Tour. By 1998, the Orange County Tour exhibited 45 artists and had attracted loyal supporters, but it was a truly Herculean task to organize the artists and raise the necessary funds for advertising. So in 2000, Monnda turned the Tour over to the Orange County Arts Commission, who in turn initiated the creation of the Orange County Artists Guild. Guild members volunteer their time working in committees to accomplish the many tasks related to the Tour. The Open Studio Tour is funded only by artist member fees and small donations from the community. Thanks to the Arts Commission and to Monnda Welch for bringing artists together in pursuit of our common goal–making Orange County artists visible.
Tour opening reception dates are:
FRANK Gallery –> Thursday, October 24th, 6-9pm
Hillsborough Gallery of Art –> Friday, October 25th, 6-9pm
For more information, please see: www.orangecountyartistsguild.com.
Printer-friendly map of artists’ studio locations: http://orangecountyartistsguild.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/OCAG-2013-printer-friendly-Map.pdf