The Artists Invite You In…
Come see the work of over 100 hand-picked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops and galleries in Berkeley, California. They will open their doors to the public during the 21st annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, which takes place over four weekends every year, starting with Thanksgiving weekend, and continuing until the weekend before Christmas.
The self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists, to shop locally and buy original, creative gifts, and to see working artists and craftspeople’s studios.
The event also gives viewers a glimpse into the creative process, and an opportunity to sign up for arts and crafts classes and workshops. Many studios are located in a single building, or are clustered within walking, bicycling, or short driving and public transit distance.
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (PST)
November 26–27, December 3–4, 10–11, and 17–18, 2011.
All genres of fine art and crafts will be available, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, hand-made Christmas decorations, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, dolls, leather bags, many styles of jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints and works on paper, musical instruments, mosaics, work from recycled materials, and artisan food products. All work is hand-crafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind.
This much anticipated popular event is known for the high quality of the work shown. A free map and directory is available, which shows the locations of all the participating studios. Admission to the event is FREE, and in many studios, complimentary wine, cheese, crackers, and other holiday snacks and beverages are available to visiting guests in the studios.
Places to get a directory and map:
Download it from the event web site.
If you don’t regularly have access to a computer or mobile phone [but then, how would you be reading this? ], or if you just want to have a print copy, you can send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
2547 Eighth St. #24 A
Berkeley, CA 94710
You can also pick up a directory at the above address. All participating artists and craftspeople will have the directories at their studios. Maps will be available weekly in the East Bay Express newspaper during the event, and at many bookstores, cafés and art supply stores in the East Bay.
For other directory distribution points and information, call (510) 845-2612 or email the Berkeley Artisans organization.
Additionally, the PROARTS East Bay Open Studios occurs for two weekends in June each year. Please watch this blog for an announcement about the June 2012 event.
My studio building will be participating in this event. You can view photos of my studio building here. Please email me in advance to arrange a visit to my studio, as I am only there during selective hours. You can also email or call me to make arrangements for a meeting at my studio/office at times other than the Open Studios season. Just leave a message at 510-845-5510, stating clearly the purpose for your meeting or visit, your name, and a phone number and email address where we can reach you.
Stay tuned for news about other events, projects, books, and performances coming up in the next year! Please feel free to ask questions or comment below this post—and come say hello, if you attend an upcoming event. We look forward to seeing you there!