Judith Ogus

This article was written by Heidi Jumper, San Benito County Arts Council.

Join the Arts Council for its Open Studios Kick Off Party from 6-8 PM on Friday, March 23, at the Annex, 217 Fifth St. in Hollister, for a sneak peak of artwork from 29 artists on this year’s Open Studios Art Tour! The Kick-Off Party is an opportunity for the community to view the artwork, enjoy food and drinks and celebrate this year’s group of talented, dynamic artists. This event is free and open to the public.

During the San Benito County Arts Council’s annual Open Studios Art Tour, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, from 10 AM-4 PM, local residents, students and visitors are invited to participate in a self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout San Benito County. 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 and enjoy a scenic tour throughout San Benito County.

Here is a full list of the participating artists: Allison Barnes, Anastasia Newman, Carol Sheilds, 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.

A map of the artists’ studios & the artist directory can be downloaded online at www.sanbenitoarts.org. Maps are also available at ARTspace at 240 Fifth St. in Downtown Hollister and at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. 

Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, Gayle Sleznick and Andrea McCann. Please call 831.636.2787 or email info@sanbenitoarts.org for more information.