The Ojai Studio Artists tour is back and it’s bigger than ever. Thanks to the arrival of 17 new members, many who fled urban centers during the pandemic, this is the largest tour in the group’s 38-year history: more than 70 artists’ studios will be open October 8-10.
Not only is it a chance to see world-class art, you’ll also get to explore an eclectic array of workspaces—from charming, paint-spattered nooks shrouded by century-old oak trees to sleek, modern spaces with airy ceilings and jaw-dropping views. Best of all, the artists are welcoming and eager to talk, providing a rare opportunity to delve into their processes.
This year’s tour is free, with donations encouraged, but you must register online to receive the map and studio information. A smart first stop is Perception & Persistence, a group exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum, open now through October 10, where you can preview all of the artists’ work under one roof and plan your itinerary accordingly.
Ojai Studio Artists includes abstract, figurative, plein air, and experimental artists working in paint, clay, fiber, metal, stone, photography, wood, glass, assemblage, and collage. Some are known around the world, like luminaries Theodore T. Gall, Joseph Sohm, and Sherry Loehr, and whose exhibitions and work have been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. Newer members include a digital projection mapper, a doll maker, and a clothing designer with a cult following.
Pictured, from top: Marie McKenzie, Vera Long, Emily Thomas, Margaret Hayden, Emily Brown, Lisa Skyheart Marshall, Joce Aucoin, Christopher Noxon, Dorte Bistrup, James Robie, Skye Gwilliam, Brian Berman, Cindy Pitou Burton, Mary Neville.
Sponsored by Ojai Studio Artists.