Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios on Weekends in November and December: A Free Self-Guided Tour of Workshops & Galleries

The Artists Invite You In!

Over one hundred professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley, California, will open their doors to the public during the 22nd annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., November 24–25, December 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, (22–24 *✓), 2012, in Berkeley, California!

[Please note that the Creative Sage / Creative Sage Arts studio is located in a historically preserved, notable artists' studio building in West Berkeley, the Sawtooth (or Kawneer) Building — please call us ahead of time, at 1-510-845-5510 to schedule a visit to our studio, or email us at least a few days in advance of your visit, as we may be open different hours than the other scheduled events. You may want to view a Flickr set of photos of our studio building and others in the neighborhood. We'd love to see you!]

In the tour of artists’ studios, workshops and galleries, all manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional & decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps & lighting, painted & custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, dolls, leather bags, many styles of jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints & works on paper, musical instruments, mosaics, work from recycled materials, and artisan food products. All work is handcrafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind.

This self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists, to buy original & creative gifts, and to see working craft studios. The art walk gives viewers a glimpse into the creative process, and the opportunity to sign up for classes and workshops. Many studios are in the same building, or are clustered within walking distance.

This much anticipated, popular event is known for the high quality of the work shown. A free Map & Directory is available showing all participants. This event is FREE.

Places to get a directory:

  • Online: Go to the menu at the top of Select the LIST and MAP pages, and print them out.
  • Send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to
    Berkeley Artisans,
    2547 Eighth St. #24 A, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Pick up a directory at the above address.
  • All participants will have the directory at their studios.
  • Maps will be printed weekly in the East Bay Express during the event.
  • The maps will be at many bookstores, cafés and art supply stores.
  • For other directory distribution points, call (510) 845-2612 or email

Maps will be printed in the free weekly newspaper, the East Bay Express, starting Wednesday, November 21st through the end of the event (distributed throughout Berkeley, Oakland, and The Bay Area at cafés, bookstores and newsstands).

* = Open extra days during the event & through the end of the year: call studio for more info.

✓= Open December 22–24. Call studio for hours/dates.

Spend a weekend exploring Open Studios. For hotel accommodations, see Visit Berkeley.

We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship by the East Bay Express, and Oakland Magazine.


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