Open Studios are fun for both the artist and the people who visit. I have done several in Ottawa, Canada and in York in the UK. Perhaps there is an element of voyeurism on the part of the visitors. We all like to see inside someones home or private space, to see how they live and who they really are. I guess that is why feature articles in home decorating mags are so popular. An Open Studio also allows visitors to learn about the artists process and they can take away with them a greater feel for the artist and their work.
I am in the final stages of organizing my November Open Studio, the first one I have done here in Toronto. I intend to make it an annual event. Because I am new to the city I am not expecting to have lots of visitors this year but over time I know it will grow. I have been putting out lots of postcards and sending info to my mailing list. The next challenge will be to decide what work I am going to show and how I will arrange it in the house. I usually rearrange the furniture in the main rooms, editing as much out of the space as possible and moving it to the side of the space all in an attempt to make it look more sparse and gallery like so the focus is on the art. I may even roll up the rugs to expose the hardwood floors and give an even cleaner look. I recently installed low voltage halogen track lighting in the main room and it makes the colors in the art look wonderful. It all takes a bit of work but that's part of the fun.
I had two different postcards done. I used this image on the one shown above because it is a combination of both painting and printmaking. The other features a musical work. Below is the flip side.
I would love your comments on how you feel about Open Studios.