Tour of Tulare County Talent
Artists throughout Tulare County will open their studios, and the minds of art lovers, this week during the South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour from Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24.
The physical center of the creative process that lures many to generate art and others to appreciate it will be on view for visitors to discuss, question, and experience. Painters, sculptors, photographers, gourd artists, basket makers, and many others will show the places where their art is created and give visitors a chance to purchase original works while also seeing some of the steps artists take to make their creations.
Based on the highly successful Three Rivers Art Tour, the South Valley event will take place in Visalia, Tulare, Woodlake, Ivanhoe, Elderwood, Exeter, Lindsay, and Springville. Due to the wide area covered by this tour, a Friday afternoon and evening plus full days Saturday and Sunday will be available for ticket holders to visit the homes of artists.
Art enthusiasts will be able to move from studio to studio between 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.
Tickets ($15 ea, and $20 starting March 22) may be purchased at Arts Visalia (214 E. Oak. Ave), the Tulare Historical Museum (444 W. Tulare Ave.) and the Lindsay Museum/Gallery (650 Gale Hill Ave). Tickets will be on sale throughout the weekend at each of these venues, and may also be purchased on line at www.artsconsortium.org.
The bulk of artists’ studios are located in Visalia and Tulare, with the remainder scattered among the communities in eastern Tulare County. In Ivanhoe, visit Erik Gonzalez; in Elderwood, John Sundstrom; in Exeter, Mark Robinson; in Lindsay, Ginny Wilson’s Blue Ridge Photography, and finally in Springville, the Featured Artist Steven Ball will welcome ticketholders to his studio.
Every visitor must be a ticket-holder with a “Passport” that gives detailed directions to each artist’s studio. Tickets and Passports are available at each of the locations given in Visalia, Tulare and Lindsay.
The South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour event is sponsored by the Tulare County Arts Consortium, a publically funded organization that works to foster appreciation and understanding of the arts and to promote cooperation within the artistic community.