Monday, February 14, 2011

A Grown Up Field Trip


Website: The How To Tool For The Upcoming Event

April of 2012 Madison area artists are inviting the public to a studio field trip. Madison Area Open Art Studio event is an educational opportunity in that the artist will be revealing how they make their art in addition to selling it. The new website is your guide on the tour. On April 6th and 7th one hundred local artists will open their studios from 11-5 both days. The website has all the information needed from an interactive map, an artist directory and dates and times of the event. The event is free and a member of buy local Dane.

The website has a directory of all the one hundred participating artists with their contact information, address of their studio space, medium they work in, an artist statement and an image of their work. New this year is some artists have attached blogs to their information. An interactive map is also on the website if you want to only tour a particular area. A search option is available to search by artist name, medium and town or city.

This is more than an average Art Fair. In addition to supporting buy local Dane, the public is able to see, hear and talk to the artist about their process. The Open Art Studio event has always been an educational opportunity. But now it has even more relevance in supporting our local economy. Judi Werner has been a participating artist for eight years and says “People that come are able to buy items to decorate their home that have a story, more than you can get from big box store item”.

Madison Area Open Art Studio’s was started 8 years ago by 40 artists to provide the public an educational experience beyond the gallery or art fair. Since then the tour has had up to 150 participating artists a year and a rotating total of approximately 400 artists. Open Art Studios is now a member of Buy Local Dane. The new website contains directory of current participating artists, images, interactive maps and event information.


If you would like more information or to schedule an interview with a participating artist, please contact Kelly Daniels (press and promotions board member) at or call 608-258-2437.

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