Cruz County Open Studios 2000
About Open Studios
If you've been interested
in taking a closer look at how artists work and why they do what
they do, then why not plan a trip to Santa Cruz, CA during the
first three weekends of October. This is a perfect time to visit
this coastal town: the tourist mania has subsided and the weather
is superb. You'll have an opportunity to browse through different
studios, chat with the artists, and view their work.
How Open Studios
1. BUY a catalog-available
from a variety of locations and by mail. See Cultural
Council of Santa Cruz County web site for details.
2. PREVIEW the artists
in the catalog.
3. CHOOSE your favorite
artists to visit
4. PLAN your tour using
the map that is included with the catalog
What to Look For
This year there are
282 artists participating in Open Studios throughout Santa Cruz
County. Naturally, you won't be able to visit every studio, so
preview the catalog and look for what you like. In the past, we
found that we visited no more than 12 studios in a single day.
All the studios are interesting and quite different from one another.
The artists really strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for
Most artists encourage
their visitors to ask questions and take a leisurely look at their
find that each studio reflects the character of the artist. Food,
music, and décor also add to the experience of Open Studios.
All the artists who
participate in Open Studios provide visitors with the option to
purchase their art. None, however pressure visitors to buy their
work. If you see something you like, but are not ready to buy,
pick up a business card, sign the artist's mailing list for upcoming
exhibits, or refer to the back of the catalog where all participating
artists names and addresses are listed.
Because it's impossible
to visit each and every artist who participates in the Open Studio
event (this year there are over two hundred participating artists).
Below is a list of some of our favorite artists that you may want
to consider as a starting point for your own tour.
Veined Bay Leaf Bowl with Silver Inlay
Helen Slater - Earthenware
- Landscape, oil on canvas
Barbara Anderson Bargetto - Photography
Jeffrey M. Andrews - Cast and slumped glass with etchings
Moto Ohtake - Mixed media collage and sculpture
Michael Eckerman - River rock/Cast concrete sculpture
Gene Holtan - Acrylic paining
Ronna Schulkin Pearce - Acrylic with mixed media
Joan Hellenthal - Oil/pastel/mixed media
Judy Stabile - Figurative stone sculpture
Jean Pichey-Fontaine - Mixed media
Inn at Depot Hill,
Chaminade, Santa Cruz
House, Santa Cruz
Babbling Brook Inn, Santa Cruz
Bistro, Aptos - Excellent bistro; expensive. Our advice: save
room for desert; a chocoholics paradise!
Theo's, Soquel -
Delightful indoor and outdoor French country dining.
Riva Fish House, Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf - A locals
favorite; fun, noisy, and inexpensive! Scrumptious gelato.
Carniglia's, Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf - More upscale,
Italian dining with a great view.
Cloud's Downtown, Santa Cruz - Good bistro fare; renowned
for their martinis
Restaurant, Santa Cruz - Perched above the Pasatiempo Golf
Course, the panoramic view of the Monterey Bay is spectacular.
This is a somewhat expensive and dressy restaurant by Santa Cruz
standards, but well worth the trip.
Open Studio Dates
October 7-8, 2000 -
North Santa Cruz County
October 14-15 - South
Santa Cruz County
October 21-22 - Encore
For More Information
Visit the Cultural Council of Santa
Cruz County's web site