Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome to our Studios!

Contra Costa Open Studios
Sat & Sun, November 22 & 23
11 am - 5 pm     Admission is Free

Come meet some wonderful local artists, enjoy a wide variety of original fine art and shop for unique, creative gifts.  Many of the artists will be demonstrating their techniques and some will offer hands-on activities.

Each studio has its own personality, so visitors are encouraged to plan a fun weekend of studio-hopping (click on the map links below for locations.) See the list below for an overview and click on individual studios and artists for detailed information and images.

Participating Studios and Artists -- Fall 2014
Click on studio names for more details
Click on artists' names for details and images
813 West Third Street
Antioch CA 94509
(925) 997-3315 or (925) 284-5143
Oil, acrylic, pastel, etc. Monoprinting demos Sat. 3pm, Sun. Noon and 3pm
922 Lido Circle
Discovery Bay CA 94505
(925) 634-1272
Open  Sat & Sun  10am - 6pm
Watercolor paintings, sculpture, mixed-media, etchings, felting, unique hand-painted furniture
2485 Sand Creek Rd., Ste. 128
Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center,   Brentwood 94513
(925) 516-5935
Open Sat 12 - 9pm, Sun 12 - 5pm
More than 30 local and regional artists (exhibit only, artists will not be present)
Features a wide variety of
2-D and 3-D media,  jewelry, prints and note cards
524 First Street
Brentwood CA 94513
(925) 516-2614
Extended hours Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, drawings, sculpture,  note cards
2721 Empire Avenue
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 698-2077
Ceramics, photography, jewelry, watercolor, prints, calendars, note cards
809 W. First Street
Antioch CA 94509
(925) 325-9897
Open special hours for this event:
Sat & Sun, Nov 22 & 23, 11am - 5pm
10th Annual Local Artist Collection
Meet the artists Saturday, Nov. 22
2 - 4 pm
Work by 35 local artists in a variety of 2-D and 3-D  media
3637 Main Street
Oakley CA 94561
(925) 625-0514
Acrylic and mixed media paintings, digital art, hand-knit wearables, note cards and prints

Call for Artists -- Fall 2014
All artists living or working in East Contra Costa County are invited to participate in this non-juried Open Studios event.  During this popular community event, artists open their studios and galleries to the public, providing demonstrations, interacting with visitors, displaying and selling their work.  Artists and fine craftspeople working in all media are welcome.  There is no fee to participate.  There's also no deadline, but signing up by mid-October is highly encouraged to give you the most visibility.
Here's how it works:
  • This website will be the central source for up-to-date information, images and links for all participating artists and studios
  • I'll be designing a flyer, postcards and a printable map, and will e-mail you the digital artwork so you can print out as many as you need for your own mailing list.
  • I'll promote the event with press releases.
  • The best way to bring visitors to your studio is through your own personal connections.  I encourage you to spread the word with e-mailed invitations, posting on your own website or blog, and social networking (Facebook, etc.)
If you're interested in participating please e-mail me to let me know.  I'll send you a list of blanks to fill in, and once I hear back from you I'll post your info and images here.
Here's wishing us all a fun and successful Fall 2014 Open Studios event!

Nancy Roberts

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spring 2014

Many thanks to all who visited our studios during the Spring 2014 Open Studios event!  See the latest posts for information about our upcoming Fall event scheduled for November 22 and 23, 2014.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall 2013

Many thanks to all who visited our studios in November, 2013! The event was so successful we're planning a Spring Open Studios for the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, 2014.  See the latest posts for details.

Recommended book about Open Studios

Here's a great book to help you plan your Open Studio:

Open Your Studio: Nine Steps to a Successful Art Event by Melinda Cootsona

This inexpensive book is full of really good, solid advice, including tips on pricing your work, choosing what to display, framing, presentation, attracting customers and more.  Melinda has done a lot of very successful open studios and shares her experience with what works and what doesn't work.  Some of her tips may surprise you, so the book is well worth consulting, especially if you're doing Open Studios for the first time.