North Coast Open Studios Accepting Artist Registrations for 2018

This is a press release from the North Coast Open Studios:

North Coast Open Studios participating artist Polly Toombs demonstrating lampwork glass work during last year’s event. Photo by Monica Topping.

North Coast Open Studios is accepting artist registrations for 2018. The 20th annual event, which runs the weekends of June 2-3 and June 9-10, with a kick-off art night on Friday, June 1, includes artists and artisans from all over Humboldt County. Participants may choose to be open one or both weekends.

Open Studios is an opportunity for artists to make personal connections with the public—fans get to see how the creative process works and talk to artists about inspiration and methods in the creators’ natural habitats. North Coast Open Studios is also a great opportunity for artists to showcase new projects.

In 2017, 140 local artists and artisan manufacturers opened their studios to the public, between Fortuna and Trinidad, and east to Blue Lake.

“I’m really honored to coordinate the 20th year of this major community art event,” says Monica Topping. “We’ve got plans in the works to celebrate North Coast Open Studios’ earliest artist participants, back in 1999, as well appreciating the artists who continue to make this a solid annual event.”

As with past years, youth and adult artists without an available work space may contact Topping, who can help match them up with a shared “artist hot spot” for the weekends. Youth and up-and-coming artists for whom the registration fee is a challenge, may also contact Topping about a subsidized guidebook listing.

The deadline to register for North Coast Open Studios is Weds., March 21, for the June event.

Online registration is available at www.northcoastopenstudios.com. For more information about North Coast Open Studios, or to receive a printable registration packet, email contact@northcoastopenstudios.com or call the Ink People Center for the Arts at (707) 442-8413. North Coast Open Studios is a DreamMaker Program of the Ink People Center for the Arts.

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