Art & Culture

Local Artists Welcome Visitors During Annual Open Studios Art Tour

29 San Benito County artists will open their studios April 14 and 15 for visitors during this free, family-friendly event.
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This article was contributed by Heidi Jumper, San Benito County Arts Council.

Local residents, students, and visitors are invited to participate in a self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout San Benito County during the San Benito County Arts Council’s annual Open Studios Art Tour on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s tour features 29 local artists and artisans and showcases works in painting, photography, pottery and ceramics, stained-glass, jewelry, and more. Open Studios is a great way for locals and out of town visitors to meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art, learn more about the processes of art-making while enjoying a scenic San Benito County tour.

During this free, family-friendly event, the Arts Council encourages children to join in the fun. This year, Open Studios Passports are available and include an Art Tour scavenger hunt and artist signature page. Completed Passports will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win free enrollment in a Summer Art Camp.


Maps and Passports are also available at ARTspace at 240 Fifth Street in downtown Hollister or at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce at 243 Sixth Street Suite 100 in downtown Hollister.

Open Studios Artists include: Allison Barnes, Anastasia Newman, Carol Shields, Christine West, Cindy Couling, Claudia Harden, Clay Peer, Dustin Kinsley, Dylan Sandstrom, Eric Tapley, Gayle Sleznick, Jane Rekedal, Judith Ogus, Kathleen Sheridan, Kati Damore, Kent Child, Laurie Tholen, Linda Jan Wynne, Louise Roy, Margie Minogue, Marisa Duran, Michaela Graves, Pati-Hughes-Fudge, Rhoda Bloom, Sally Diggory, SanDee Adams, Susan Worley, Sylas Jumper, and Trudi Burney.

Contact the San Benito County Arts Council at 831.636.2787 or email for more information.

Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, Gayle Sleznick and Andrea McCann.

San Benito County Arts Council

The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive