The Henderson County Open Studio Tour presented by the Hunter Automotive Group, already one of the largest meet-the-artist events in the Carolinas, just keeps growing. This year’s free driving Tour, on the weekend of September 23-24, will feature 12 new studios and 19 new artistsFor complete details, visit the Tour website at HCOST.org.
You can learn about all 66 artists and 36 studios at HCOST.org or the Henderson County Open Studio Tour Facebook page. Or pick up a four-color tour guide booklet that can be picked up at locations throughout Henderson County.
Studios Open Friday Evenings for the First Time.
The Henderson County Open Studio Tour will have an “Aspiring Artist Studio” on Friday, September 22 featuring young artists from the Boys and Girls Club. Also, the participating artists will have their studios open on that Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the first time. Art enthusiasts can take advantage of special buying opportunities, demonstrations and more during this pre-Tour opening.
The weekend festivities kick off, as always, with a free Preview Party on Thursday evening September 21 as part of the Rhythm & Brews celebration on Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville. Guests can sample all the artists’ work in one place and help raise money for the Backpack Program in Henderson County with an art raffle. With the expanded program the Open Studio Tour becomes a true four-day event for the first time.
This is the sixth consecutive year for the Henderson County Open Studio Tour, an all-volunteer effort put together by the area artists. The event showcases local work in painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber, metal arts, woodworking, and glass. Several studios feature clusters of artists bringing the number of participants to over 50. All the studios will be open, rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24.
The Open Studio Tour of Henderson County raises public awareness of the practicing and accomplished artists in the community. In addition to enhancing the cultural image of Henderson County, the Tour boosts the local economy through the arts – more than 30% of attendees, many who return year after year, visit from outside the county. Open Studio “tourists” get to experience not just art but the nooks and crannies of beautiful Henderson County.
For complete details, visit the Tour website at HCOST.org.