Sedona, Arizona.

January 29, 2016

Experience AZ

Sedona Open Studios Tour set for April

Working artists in the Verde Valley will be opening their private studios to the public at the end of April for the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s (SVAC) 13th annual Open Studios Tour.

The festive event is free, self-guided and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The SVAC annual tour has become known as a golden opportunity for art lovers to visit with professional artists in authentic working environments, as well as purchase art while enjoying the lush landscape of the Verde Valley. It also offers a venue for local artists to shine, engaging visitors and fostering a community that values the arts.

Past tour visitors report that one of the distinct pleasures of shopping on the studio tour, whether for their own collection or for gifts, is spending time with the wide variety of artists who offer an up close and personal look at how and where a piece is made. Open Studios’ co-chair Mike Upp explains that artists enjoy demonstrating their creative processes as they show off their work spaces and, more importantly, make that special and personal connection with buyers.

“For the visitor, the Open Studios experience invites the artwork to speak much more intimately to them as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the creative process,” Upp said, adding that a major appeal of such an experience is the chance to buy gorgeous, one-of-a-kind and locally produced artwork direct from the artist. “The wide range of style, quality and art forms is a testament to the thriving vitality of the arts community in the beautiful Verde Valley.”

Open Studios’ artists create in a widely diverse milieu including glass, ceramics, painting, mixed media, digital art, fiber, photography, jewelry and watercolor. This year there will be over 50 studios participating in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Camp Verde.