Friday, October 20, 2006
This is the 4th year the Columbia Berkshire Craft Guild (in upstate NY, USA) is having a studio tour. This is the graphic from our poster. This year, we hired a professional graphic designer, Peter Blandori and a professional event planner. I think those 2 decisions may well lead to the best tour ever. In prior years we have done everything ourselves and that has proven inefficient, at best. Committing to spending more money from the outset is proving to pay for itself.
Studio tours are somewhat ubiquitous in many places. Seeing artists' studios is a wonderful opportunity for anyone, whether you are interested in buying art or if you have a kid who might be inspired by the experience. A community with a strong artist population would benefit from these tours, open studios, what have you. Being able to see and meet working artists is a benefit for the artists as well as the community.
I'll post more about this event, as an idea that can be replicated in other places. Seems to me, given the state of the world, we need all the possitive reinforcement we can get.