Art Studio Tour signs brighten my day.
For an artist to let you into their private space is a treasure and an honour.
If you have never ‘done’ a Studio Tour or wanted to do one but not known ‘how to’, here is my listicle:
- Get the brochure ahead of time and circle your ‘must see’ stops. Include at least one artist who is totally out of your comfort zone. Most tourist bureau’s have copies of upcoming events brochures and each artist should have copies as well. Or go to the website and print it out.
- Take a friend!
- Plan a route but don’t feel you have to stick to it. Plan at least 10-15 minutes minimum at each stop. Of course some stops will surprise you and you will feel you’d like to stay for hours!
- Take snacks in the car. Some studios treat their guests with light refreshments but not all. View this as a bonus. There may not be a restaurant nearby.
- Wear easily-removable footwear. You may be asked to take off your shoes as you trek through someone’s home.
- Make sure to meet the artist in person. Ask the artist one question about their work.
- Ask before taking photos and posting instantly on Instagram. Ask each artist for their hash tag.
- Plan to purchase one piece of art at least one studio. Yes! Everyone can afford a greeting card or bookmark! Whether it be an expensive original work or a greeting card it is amazing what you will find and these artists really want your support. Take cash and your cheque book. Many studios are not set up to exchange credit cards or debit but some are.
- As a fun exercise, choose your favourite piece at each stop and explain why to your travelling companions. Sort of like a treasure hunt at each stop.
- Notice the surroundings. Sometimes the outside of the studio and yard are just as fascinating.
Stretch out of your comfort zone. Let me know how it goes.
Watch The Wave, Interlake Art Studio Tour, Manitoba, Sept 5 & 6th, 2015