Silicon Valley Open Studios

Connecting artists to art enthusiasts

2017 Open Studio Dates - 11am to 5pm

WEEKEND 1: Northern Area - May 6th - 7th

Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Stanford, and Woodside

WEEKEND 2: Central Area - May 13th - 14th

East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Stanford, Sunnyvale, .

WEEKEND 3: Southern Area/Pacific Coast - May 20th - 21st

Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, San Jose, and Saratoga, El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Miramar, Montara, Moss Beach, and Pacifica

Connecting Artists with Art Lovers

Silicon Valley Open Studios is an event that encourages a close personal relationship between artists and art enthusiasts.

Our mission is to educate artists about the business of art, help promote their art business, provide guidance for emerging artists, and to create an easy, educational, and enjoyable art-buying experience for the art enthusiast.

Coming Events - SVOS University

Topic: Pricing Your Artwork

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA
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Program Description:

Not only is painting an art, but pricing is an art. Getting the right price for your art is a big key to sales. So be sure to attend this session to hear one of the best experts in pricing and selling artwork and get great guidance on how to price your work.

Topics include:

  • Select your best work
  • Price your work to sell - Developing a pricing strategy
  • Creatively stage and display your work
  • Negotiating
  • Pricing and frames
  • Handling Price Increases

Speaker Bio

Melinda Cootsona attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland where she received her BFA in Interior Architectural Design. She is a recognized authority in staging a successful Open Studio. Over the last 11 years, she has hosted over 15 Open Studios, routinely grossing as much as $20,000.

Melinda has worked full-time in both the Interior and Graphic Design fields for over tweleve years, and taught design for two years at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Melinda has been a painter for over 20 years, and has taught oil painting classes and workshops for twelve years.

"My goal is to bring out the 'artist/creator' in every student; to guide each person through the process of painting to discover both the joy of creativity and his/her individual voice."

But don't forget. To secure your spot you must RSVP here

Topic: Preparing Your Studio for SVOS

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - and again - Wednesday April 12, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA
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Program Description:

  • How should you prepare your studio?
  • How much food, snacks and drinks should you put out? And what kind?
  • What kind of demonstrations should you do?
  • How to deal with visitors? How to make them feel comfortable and get them to sign your guest book?

These sessions include a lively, interactive panel discussion with veteran SVOS artists. These successful open studios artists will share the tips and ideas that they have found over the years.

These two identical sessions, on March 29th and April 12th, are the final sessions in SVOS University, but they cover some of the most important topics. If this is your first or second year, then attending one of these sessions is one of the best ways to learn how to arrange your art and your studio and prepare for the weekend.

But don't forget. To secure your spot you must RSVP here

Portrait of an Artist:
Deborah Bobby - Artist and Jeweler

By Apala G. Egan

Yellow and mauve, the colors of spring, show up in the pieces of jewelry created by artist Deborah Bobby. So do reds, blues and other shades. The subtle gleam of etched copper permeates through many of her pieces.

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There are only 36 days until Silicon Valley Open Studios Begins.

You don't need a ticket - it's Free!

Get to know the artists. They want you to ask questions about their art.

Join Us for 2017

Add your name to our list so you will be notified when registration opens and get information about events such as our Summer Pot Luck Picnic and Art Swap and the "Meet 'n Greet" meetings this fall to learn about Silicon Valley Open Studios.

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Enter your e-mail to add your name to our list. We use this list to tell you about coming art events that we sponsor or places where you can view the artwork of Silicon Valley Open Studios artists. You will be able to select either the "Artist" or the "Art Lovers" list. If you're new to the area or want to learn more about Silicon Valley Open Studios, then be sure to add your name so we can send you current information about events.