The 34th annual self-guided Ojai Studio Artists Tour – one of the premier art events in California – is set for October 14, 15 & 16. “With painters, sculptors, jewelers, ceramists, a woodworker, digital, glass and fiber artists, the 2017 Studio Tour should be amazing,” exudes Martha Moran, OSA board president. As in the past two years, many studios will be open on Monday. “There are so many studios to visit,” explains Moran. “It gives collectors an extra day to think about the work.”
As an added bonus this year, OSA is delighted to partner with Topa Mountain Winery for a Sunday Wine Social from 5 – 8 pm on October 15.
Over 60 studios throughout the enchanting Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10am to 5pm, with artist demonstrations at select studios. Another highlight is the special “Pre-Tour Artist Profiles” at 7 pm on Friday, October 13 for locals and early arrivals. Led by an OSA artist, the program introduces the work of each Tour artist and is designed to help people plan their Tour schedules.
The Gala Reception on Saturday night is open (free) to all Tour artists and ticket-holders. The event is both an opportunity to socialize with OSA artists and a fundraiser for OSA’s “ArtReach Program,” featuring beautiful raffle baskets filled with original OSA art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender.
Proceeds from the Tour and Raffle fund OSA’s youth art scholarships and funding for community arts needs.
The Sunday Wine Social features complimentary appetizers and no host wine specials to artists and Tour-goers. Come relax at the scenic Topa Mountain Winery and enjoy a spectacular view of Ojai’s Pink Moment sunset. The OSA artist whose work will be featured on the 2018 Topa Mountain Desert Wine label will be announced that night. Topa Mountain Winery is located at 821 Ojai Avenue.
Tour tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of event, $20/person for groups of 10 or more, $15 for students, 17 & under free, and cover studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Reception and Sunday Social. Tickets and Tour brochures will be available starting in April at OjaiStudioArtists.org.
The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from early days which included Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award-winning artists.
Come experience one of California’s very first studio tours with a rich variety of artists in a valley known for its beauty and charm, great restaurants and shops and currently one of the most desired traveler destinations in the nation.