Open Studios Art Tour is an annual Butte County tradition. Artists share their private studios with the public to explore. This event series is produced solely by Chico Art Center (CAC) volunteers as our major fundraising project of the year. Your participation and patronage pledges your commitment to visual artists in your region and helps make CAC's programming possible all year. Many thanks to our sponsor, Heithecker Financial and local businesses advertising in the Tour Guide Booklet. We hope you'll support local artists and businesses with your patronage.
Virtual Tour + Studio Visits
October 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021
Connecting Art Patrons with Northern California Artists. Explore artworks in every medium through Online Artist Galleries. Make a date for face-to-face Studio Visits by appointment with available artists, following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“Make a Date for Art” is our theme for the 2020 Open Studios Art Tour. We do not want to bypass this annual tradition. Both artists and the public look forward to this community favorite every year. With COVID-19 still active, we have adapted the Tour to accommodate required safety measures.
Instead of having the traditional Tour for only two weekends, as we have in previous years, we will promote studio visits by appointment all year long.
It will be important to practice social distancing, use masks and hand sanitizer for both visitors and the artists while visiting Artist Studios. Artists may make special requests when scheduling appointments with visitors.
How can I see the artwork?
The OSAT website will launch October 1, 2020. This is when you will be able to purchase a $15 Virtual Tour Access Code, which connects you with all available artwork, information about each artist, how to contact them and which artists welcome face-to-face Studio Visits. You may also purchase a Tour Guide for $15 at the following locations, starting October 1. Your Tour Guide comes with a Virtual Tour Access Code.
October 3 - November 1, 2020
Free and open to the public. View one artwork by each artist, buy a Tour Guide with artist info, and plan your self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout Northern California. Due to fluctuating COVID-19 Guidelines for Butte County, the gallery exhibit may be canceled.