Seeking artists for 2011 Studio Tour and Art Sale

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Yates County Arts Center is organizing its 2011 Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale scheduled for from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug.6 and Sunday, Aug. 7.

Organizer Carol Conti describes this event as an opportunity for the community, our visitors, and tourists to enter artist workplaces to see 'art where it happens' and make purchases directly from the artists. In an effort to limit the travel time and see more artists at work YCAC will cluster some artists who live farther away or do not have designated studios.

Besides the many artist studios open to the public, both Saturday and Sunday, artists will also be clustered at Yates County Arts Center's Gallery in Penn Yan, YCAC's Sunny Point location on E. Lake Rd, The Art Barn on Blue Spruce Lane, and other sites on or near Keuka Lake. These art clusters provide ease for the visitor and greater exposure for the artists on the YCAC Artists Studio Tour & Sale.

Artists have more visitors when studios are clustered. Consider creating a cluster of studios by inviting artists in your area to participate with you or if you have space in your studio offer to host one or more artists to share your space. The Tour would also welcome various centralized outdoor locations that could accommodate artists’ 10’ x 10’ tents. YCAC will help connect artists who wish to participate with those with indoor or outdoor space to share.

Participating artists are greatly encouraged to provide demonstrations of their artistic process during the YCAC Artists Studio Tour and Art Sale. If not actually creating art during the Tour, it is highly recommended that each studio have an actual art production area (materials and tools displayed, works in process, etc.) open to the public. Besides the art, this is what the public comes to see during a studio tour. For further information call Carol at 315-730-0207.

Artists, come join the fun and excitement of the YCAC Artists Studio Tour & Art Sale! It is a great opportunity to meet and greet your public, sell direct, and network. Registration forms are available for downloading on the YCAC website at  Locate the form by clicking on “Exhibits and Events” from the side-bar menu; from there click on “Studio Tour”. Fill out the form, attach the necessary membership and registration fees, and mail to YCAC Artists Studio Tour & Sale, 119 E. Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Artists are also required to send jpg files of your work as indicated on the registration form.

Registration is due by May 1 to ensure inclusion in the Artist Studio Tour brochure. Registration forms submitted after that date are welcomed but may not make the printing deadline for the Studio Tour Brochure. Please act now to reserve your place and be included in the publicity material.