GO ART! Open Studio Tour – September 2019


GO ART! is interested in promoting local artists by renewing its Open Studio Tour event.   The organization is soliciting participation from visual artists in Genesee and Orleans counties specifically.   Artists need not be members of GO ART! to participate, although members will be given priority in electing to participate in the event and on publicity about the event.  There are benefits to membership in GO ART!.


GO ART! has scheduled the Open Studio Tour 2019 for September 21 and 22, for Orleans County and Genesee County visual artists respectively.  Orleans County visual artists are asked to open their studios to visitors from 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturday, September 21. Genesee County visual artists are asked to open their studios to visitors on Sunday, September 22, also from 10 AM to 6 PM.  


GO ART! will coordinate publicity about the tours, and sponsor maps of each county’s Open Studios.  Maps will be available for sale to the public as a fundraiser for GO ART!.   Artists who wish to participate but who may not have suitable publicly-accessible space available for use on those dates may request to be present through a local business sponsor, which GO ART! will help arrange.  Several local businesses have agreed to host artists at their business locations on the two selected dates, and artists participating in this manner will need to agree to be present at the business site for the 8-hour block of time, preferably demonstrating their craft.   Art work may be available for sale at either a personal/professional studio on the tour map or at the site of a partner business as arranged by GO ART!.  Only pre-registered artists will be considered part of the Open Studio Tour.


Artists should not charge any fee directly to Open Studio visitors or solicit donations from visitors as GO ART! will have charged visitors for the purchase of their map to the various studios open that day.  Artists may, however, use the visit opportunity to sell their work. No commission to GO ART! is expected from such sales.  Visitors will be providing their own transportation and travel at their own risk.  Artists may choose to provide refreshments at their studios If they wish. GO ART! will not support the cost of so doing.  Artists and their visitors may enjoy refreshments at their own risk.  Alcohol is specifically NOT suggested because of the travel in which visitors will be engaged.


GO ART! will publicize the event and sell maps of each county’s Open Studios to prospective visitors.  GO ART! will provide roadside signage to guide visitors to listed Open Studios.  GO ART! member artists (and Friends-level supporters) will have priority in being listed on the tour maps and program, with non-member artists listed separately and designated as such.  There are benefits to membership. GO ART! will provide a program for the Open Studio Tours with information available about the listed artists and their work including contact information for visitor use and follow-up contact.


If you are a Genesee or Orleans County resident artist who would like to participate in the 2019 GO ART! Open Studio Tour event, September 21 and 22, please contact GO ART! Executive Director Gregory Hallock at ghallock@goart.org, or Gallery Committee Member Shirley Nigro (Orleans County artists’ point-of contact) at snigrohill@hotmail.com, or Gallery Committee Chair Chris Manaseri (Genesee County artists’ point-of-contact) at cbmanaseri@gmail.com.


Click HERE for a copy of the Artist Registration