Artist Studio Tour… The Doors Are Open, Come On In!

 Artist Studio Tour… The Doors Are Open, Come On In!

BY CHRISTINE COURTRIGHT

Our door is open to you, so come on in and enjoy beautiful art, diverse homes and a delightful day! 

It is not every day you get to delve into the mind and inspirations, let alone homes/studios of great artists, but Asociación de Artes will provide you with that opportunity! That opportunity comes on Wednesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Artist Studio Tour in Los Barriles! And with Los Barriles being conveniently located just a short drive from anywhere, it is easy for all!  

If you have not been on the Artist Studio Tour in Los Barriles, now is the time to go as it is a two-in-one event. Not necessarily a home tour, but you get to glimpse into the home and studio of some of the most popular artists in the Los Barriles area… and of course, an intimate art show seeing the latest and greatest work of these select artists. At this year’s tour, we have several new homes on the tour – new, both to our tour and new beautiful homes. It is great to see the artists’ homes as you can learn a lot about their art from their homes and studios. You can often see where they get their inspiration for their work, understand their love of textures and color, and see where their personalities come out in their work and their home.

The 2024 tour will feature 16+ homes (with several side-by-side homes) and many of the homes will showcase the works of more than one artist, giving you the opportunity to see the work of 25+ different artists. Artists on the tour vary from fabric, jewelry, bead or soft goods medium, weaving, photography, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, wood, ceramic and pottery and natural materials and that is just a sample! 

Artists include Elizabeth Perkins with some silver and precious stone jewelry, Julie Shipman, our poster photographer, the Apron Lady with sewn art creations, San Antonio weavers and the artwork of Mary Naylor, Jeff Heintzman, Tamera Hall, and Connie Heinen – just to name a few. We will also have the art of the late Steven King … the artist not author! Our setup allows you to really see the art up close, in small groups and spend time visiting with and learning about the artist and their work.

Getting tickets is super easy with our drive-through ticket booth located at the Baja Properties office in Los Barriles (across from Tio Pablos Restaurant and Hotel Palmas de Cortez). It’s true. You don’t even have to get out of the car! The ticket booth location will be well-marked and is easy to find in Los Barriles. You drive in off 20th November and exit at the side street. It can’t get any simpler! Tickets are sold the day of the event from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and prices have remained $100 pesos or $6 USD – and in this time of rising prices, that is great for you! You will get your map to the studios and your wristbands for entry. 

The artist studio tour has become a favorite event for many in Baja Sur! 

Friends meet, tour some studios, take a break for lunch at one of our great restaurants here in Los Barriles and finish the tour stops. Being a few days before Valentine’s Day you can get your shopping done while enjoying the tour. Get gifts for your loved ones and yourself! And if you are one of the many new residents in the Baja SUR, what a great chance to get some great local art and accessories for your home. And that includes your closet and jewelry box!

The Artist Studio Tour is one of the major fundraisers of the Asociación de Artes Del Mar de Cortez, whose mission is “Improving the educational experience for all students of the East Cape”. This runs from providing school supplies, maintenance at the schools, library books, sports equipment, art supplies, and supporting summer programs and that is just a sample of what we do! Come and help us continue the mission. See you on February 7 for the Artist Studio Tour!! More details at www.eastcapearts.com