Open Studios 2020

Open Studios 2020

The Center for the Arts is excited to present Open Studios 2020. A two-weekend event throughout Nevada County West in which local artists open their studios to the community. On October 10,11,17 and 18 you can experience first hand how, where and why art is created. This year art lovers can enjoy both in-person and virtual tours.

The Granucci Gallery at Center for the Arts is one of the stops on the in-person and virtual tour.

This marks the 25th year of this annual event featuring the incredibly diverse variety of artists in Nevada County’s Western Region. Every October, hundreds of local artists open up their studios and galleries during the second and third weekends so that you can see where art is made, displayed, and appreciated. The tour features a multitude of classic and contemporary art for every taste and hosts sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers, and much more! This tour is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about their processes from conception to completion, and buy original art in a wide range of mediums and methods!

With 30+ artists on the tour and only four days to visit, The Center for the Arts makes it easy for you to plan your self-guided tour! A piece from each studio on the tour is on display in The Granucci Gallery so that you can pick up a guide, note of the studio numbers of your favorites and then set off on your customized art tour!  The Preview Exhibition is on display through October 23, 2020.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00pm.  The gallery will also be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm during both tour weekends.

You can celebrate Open Studios at the artist reception on Thursday, October 8 from 5:00 – 7:00pm in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts. Meet the artists, view their work, enjoy music, food, drinks, and support the arts in the community. Space is limited, and capacity is limited for social distancing so you are encouraged to RSVP at

This year, several artists who would usually open up their art studios to the public have opted to participate in the tour virtually instead. Enjoy their work online by visiting their websites and watching video tours of their studios at or on the new Open Studios – Nevada County West YouTube channel.

Finding Another Way by Ruth Chase is one of the hundreds of art pieces that can be viewed both in-person and virtually for this year’s Open Studios Tour.

Download the tour guide here. You find everything you need including artist listings, maps, dates, times, virtual tours, demos, and contacts, to create your own personal Open Studios tour experience.

Content and photos submitted by Melissa Clark, The Center for the Arts