How to Enjoy an Artists’ Studio Tour

This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, many Carroll County, Maryland artists are opening their home studio doors for fans, friends, collectors, and the curious.

How can you best enjoy a studio tour?  Do a little homework in advance.  Most studio tours will have a web site.  Ours is ccartists.com/.   Studios are open 10 AM – 5 PM.

Check out the map of open studios and plan your route.  You can’t get to them all in one day so make a list of the art you want to see the most.  Our web site has a slide show of each artist’s work which will help you focus on what interests you most.

If there are changes on the tour since the brochure was printed, you will find the change updates on the web site.  Our tour had a few cancellations in order to keep all studios wheelchair accessible.  Some artists moved to more accessible locations.  So make note of such changes so you are not disappointed to arrive at a “closed studio.”

When you arrive at a studio, park safely off the street, try not to block in other vehicles, and respect handicap parking space designation.  Artists love to show off their work in-studio, so feel free to talk and ask questions.

Our studios are workshops basically, even though we tidy them up for you, but most will not be arranged like a gallery or store.  It’s more fun to see work on easels and arranged for your discovery!   If you want to stay in touch with an artist, ask to get on their email list for information on upcoming shows, classes, and new lines of work.

Studios are fun to explore

The artists really appreciate your visit.  Feel free to enjoy refreshments, music, the company of other art lovers.  Bring cash, checks, or credit cards and know that you are supporting a hard-working artist trying to make a living creating works that bring joy into our lives.  But browsers are more than welcome, too.  Showing you what we do is a way of spreading the word, because we know you’ll be telling your friends and neighbors what you saw and word of mouth is the best form of advertisement.

Checking out rya yarn colors

If you are going to make a day of it, plan to eat lunch out to support other local venues.  Note:  Most home studios do not have public bathrooms, so take advantage of facilities at your favorite sandwich shop, library, or gas station as you travel about.

Also to add to your enjoyment, take note of the beautiful Carroll County landscapes as you drive.  Pet the friendly dogs that may greet you upon arrival.  Relax, enjoy all the day has to offer.  See you in the studio!

Melinda