TRAILS - Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour - Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Oct 4th, 5th and 6th, 2013
Welcome to the 11th annual Sierra Art Trails Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour. What an exciting year it is! There is so much to commemorate and celebrate in our community. In 2013 and 2014 we are pleased to partner with the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary celebration. In 1864 President Lincoln signed the historic Yosemite Grant, making Yosemite our nation’s first state park and protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as a public resource for all to enjoy. In the spirit of the Yosemite Grant we will be celebrating one hundred and fifty years of art history in the Yosemite area with special content in our catalog and a special juried exhibit in April 2014, "Valley View - Yosemite Trails, Currents, and Visions" open to artists worldwide.
Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour is the most anticipated arts event in the Yosemite
Foothills. The show gives art enthusiasts the chance to see fine art and
fine crafts in the making, and to purchase works directly from the people who
create them. The show takes place in homes, studios, galleries, and businesses
in more than a dozen communities in Eastern Madera and Mariposa
Counties. The show features artists and artisans working in a wide range of
media including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts,
woodcarving, ceramics, glass, and more!
Sierra Art Trails
is a 501c4 Non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting working artists and
artisans by promoting and showcasing their work. Each year, our
organization produces the annual Open Studio Tour and a number of other unique
art exhibits and art related events. Art Trails raises funds for student
scholarships, public arts, community
awards for artists and art organizations, and a
unique student sponsorship program. Through these activities we seek to
increase public awareness of the importance of the arts in our lives, and the
role that artists play in building and maintaining a vibrant culture,
stimulating imagination and invention, and improving quality of life.
The festivities kick off in early September with the
Preview Exhibit at
Stellar Gallery. The Preview Exhibit is open through the Art
weekend, and includes a representative piece by each artist in the show.
Viewing the preview exhibit is a great way to plan your weekend, discover the
work that you most want to see, and plan your route to the studios you want to
The price of admission to Sierra
Trails is $18.00, which includes the annual tour catalog, your “ticket for
two” for the event. Catalogs include a list of artists and their
viewing locations, and detailed maps to get you there. The Preview
Exhibit is free and open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm Thursday through
By participating in the tour as an artist or as a visitor, you are not only
supporting the arts, you are also benefiting our foothills communities, and
helping to make our area a place people look forward to visiting. Please
join us! Artists interested in applying can download the application and
find general information on the event web site. Sierra Art Trails
encourages artists from outside the region to participate. No matter where you
are from you can apply!