Artists Update – South Valley Art Tour

Hello Artists,

Thank you for your past participation in The South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour, now renamed the South Valley Art Tour! The Arts Consortium is always looking to improve, so with the help of a committee that is passionate about growing the studio tour, we have made a few changes.

We have begun a rebranding the studio tour, beginning with its new name: South Valley Art Tour. The Arts Consortium has hired a part-time graphic designer and we are working on creating a new logo to be used for the tour guide (formally the passport), tickets and road and site signs. The new professionally designed logo will be unveiled soon.

South Valley Art is returning to be an annual event, with the county divided into north and south regions, which will alternate opening studios every other year. This change will allow visitors to spend less time driving and, hopefully, more time visiting your studios. We will be kicking off the improved 2019 South Valley Art Tour with the studios located south of Highway 198. If your studio is located north of 198, or within the Three Rivers area, you will be featured the next year in 2020.

Artists can still host other artists at their studio site. Each artist will need to register for the tour individually. An artist who lives in the north region will be allowed to show artwork at a studio in the south region, and vice versa. Artists are encouraged to bring art-making supplies and provide some demonstration of the making of their work during the studio tour.

Changes to the tour guide will include an improved proofreading process and artist application to allow each artist to preview information before the tour guide goes to print. There will be no more cropping of the art images in the tour guide.

Improved signage will be created to help guide visitors find your studio. We are making better maps with a new number system for each studio, which will help guide guests across Tulare County. Make sure you provide detailed directions to your studio in your registration information to accompany the maps.

Please let us know if you are able to assist the South Valley Art Tour’s volunteer committee. We have met four times already and would gratefully welcome any new members. Give us a call so we can give you the times for our Next Studio Tour Planning Meeting held some Thursday’s at 5:30pm at the Arts Consortium building at 300 E. Oak Street in Visalia.

We hope you will encourage fellow artists to sign up for the studio tour. We want to include as many local artists as possible. We are committed to revitalizing this event and support its valuable potential for both artists and visitors.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more information — and to sign up for to 2019 South Valley Art Tour – Click Here

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