Autumn Tradition: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Call upon 50 studios in and around the arts-lush valley.

Ojai Studio Artists Tour

PAINTERS' PADS (AND MORE): So many burgs up and down the coast, and inland, too, can be called "art towns" that choosing some of California's most prominent is a difficult task (though a fun one). One town sure to make a lot of lists is the place that has a painterly moment famously built into the end of every day. It's Ojai, and that painterly moment, of course, is the Pink Moment, that instant around sundown when the mountains, and very air, seem to assume a rosy cloak. There's art in the town's very surroundings, its hills and environs, and there's absolutely a lot of art-making in the studios and homes of Ojai. That can be seen, in fabulous fullness, each autumn, when dozens of artists welcome visitors seeking to have a more personal encounter with how the creative community works, expresses its ideas, lives, and plays. It's the Ojai Studio Artsts Tour, and it will again take place over the second weekend of October. In 2016 that's...

FRIDAY, OCT. 8 THROUGH MONDAY, OCT. 10, and, yes, this is the first year that the long-running event has lasted for three days (it's the 33rd annual, in case you were trying to add up the times you've been). Some 50 artist studios will be on the map, and a dessert reception on Saturday is also included with your ticket. It won't be lookie-loo-ing, however, as demonstrations (think pot throwing, weaving, and such) will also pop up around town. As for the separately ticketed Saturday evening reception? No surprise about the name: It's The Pink Moment Gala, and there shall be prizes, and nibbles, and such. If you just want to stick to the tour, a ticket is thirty bucks in advance, and indeed covers all three days. You might just get to every studio you want to see in this, one of the Golden's States most art-forward, art-happy, and Pink-Moment-iest places.

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