2015 Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour

open-studios-logo-2012The Center for the Arts presents
Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour of Nevada County
October 10-11, and 17-18, 10:AM to 5:00PM
Open House Preview Event: Thursday, October 9, 6:00 to 9:00PM

Open Studios is a self-guided tour through artist studios & fine art galleries in Western Nevada County. The event takes place the second and third weekends in October and showcases fine art and fine craft in a broad range of media and styles. Open Studios contributes to public awareness about the quality and diversity of art created in our community and provides visitors with opportunities to view and purchase a wide range of original work by individual artists.

Additionally, Open Studios fosters an interest in, and a greater understanding of, the artistic process and provides the public with a unique opportunity to enter the world of a visual artist to experience how, why and where art is created.

Who may apply?
Participation in Open Studios is intended for professional artists who reside in Western Nevada County and are actively producing and exhibiting their work. An Open Studios site is defined as the artist’s regular workspace and must retain the atmosphere of art making, with materials, equipment, work-in-progress and processes visible. Open Studios is limited to 60 participants.

Information & Guidelines

Important Dates
Application Deadline: FRIDAY, JULY 24th, 2015
Open House Preview Event: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 6 – 9PM
Preview Exhibition at The Center Galleries: OCTOBER 8th – 18th
Opening Weekend: OCTOBER 10th – 11th, 10AM – 5PM
Closing Weekend: OCTOBER 17th – 18th, 10AM – 5PM

Participation Fees
Members of The Center for the Arts or Nevada County Arts receive discounted pricing.

$165/$185 Member/Non-Member

$200/$225 Member/Non-Member

Listing in Fall Colors Open Studios Guide (includes image, studio address, website and contact information)
Preview Exhibition at The Center for the Arts
Radio and print advertising in Nevada County, Sacramento, and Bay Area
Online marketing campaign through website, email and Facebook
Posters & postcards for your own distribution

All artists are required to participate Opening Weekend. Closing weekend is optional (however, all studios are encouraged to participate both weekends).

Artists must provide a piece for the Preview Exhibit and agree to pay the 30% gallery fee to The Center for the Arts (covers costs of administration sales coordination of sold work).

Studio locations are to remain open from 10:00AM – 5:00PM on listed days.

How to Submit Your Application
Applications are due by JULY 24, 2015 and must have all required materials to be considered.
Late submissions will be accepted until July 31, 2015 for a fee of $35.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Completed Application Form, Digital Images, Payment


SEND TO: The Center for the Arts, Attn Open Studios, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

You will be contacted by The Center for the Arts regarding your acceptance on the tour. Artists participating in this year’s event can pick up promotional materials at The Center for the Arts after confirmation of placement on tour and paid required fees.

Contact Marni Marshall at The Center for the Arts by phone 530-274-8384, ext. 11 or email openstudios@nullthecenterforthearts.org.


  1. Wow, yet another amazing year of celebrating the arts, thanks guys for organizing such an awesome tour. I’m honored to have my photos in the program to help show how colorful Nevada County is in the fall! Thanks, Erin/Outside Inn

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