Mission: 1995 was our first tour and we continue to grow. In 2000, we had 135 artists in 106 different studio locations. Participants design their own tour and can spend as much time as they like with any artists they choose. The event is two consecutive weekends in October. Attendees can visit an exhibit where each artist has a piece on display and can purchase a color Guide which includes a detailed map of studio locations.
Programs: Supplementing the arts education offered at their home schools. Openarts is one of boulder's most significant visual arts organizations. In partnership with downtown boulder inc. , openarts produces the annual open arts fest on the famed pearl street mall featuring over one hundred artists from around the country and drawing 80,000 visitors to the city. Open arts most iconic event, open studios now in its 18th year, showcases boulder local visual arts talent over two fall weekends. Clementine studio is the educational arm of openarts. Clementine is a year round art school for 20 month olds through adults. In the past year, openarts has partnered with boulder housing partners and youth services initiative to bring underserved and at risk youth into the clementine program. Openarts also works in partnership with the boulder valley school district to bring professional artists into the art classroom,
The extraordinary talent among our artists is amazing. I have met artists who show their artwork in many corners of the world and have been blown away by our new and emerging artists as well. It's impossible to pick a favorite but for the sake of variety, our "3-demensional" artists (i.e, jewelry, sculpting, furniture, pottery, turned wood, fiber) are simply the best. How lucky that we live in a community where these artists are our next door neighbors. Forget Santa Fe...the best artists are right here in Boulder.
The Open Studios fall event is always a cool weather highlight for me! I love seeing my favorite local painters in action and having the chance to interact with them about their process. The experience is always so creative and inspiring. I'm also delighted that Open Studios is branching out with new educational programs like Clementine Studio and the 29th street Art Fair. I rely on Open Studios to be a strong supporter of the visual arts in Boulder believe their educational programs make Boulder a well rounded, special destination for the arts.