(Sausalito, CA, January 18, 2023) — Marin Open Studios (MOS) is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a series of openings, special events, a pop-up gallery, and an expanded lineup of locations throughout Marin County.
During Open Studios weekends, art lovers are invited to visit artists in their studios to meet the artists personally, enjoy a portfolio of artworks, and purchase work directly from the artists. The annual free self-guided Open Studios Tour occurs during two weekends: May 5 & 6 and May 13 & 14 from 11AM-6:00PM.
The public is invited to preview artwork from 250 participating artists at the MOS Preview Gallery opening April 29 through May 14 at the Sausalito Center for the Arts, 750 Broadway, where samples of each artist’s work are on display. Driving directions to studios will be available on the website, at the gallery and in a printed guide.
“There is an appetite to purchase original art directly from artists in the Bay Area. And people are fascinated with artists. We create opportunities for people to learn more about art, the artists and their process in our gallery spaces, pop-up galleries, events, and the artists’ own studios,” said Kay Carlson, the co-founder and executive director. An artist herself and advocate for artists throughout the county, she also sits on the board of the new Sausalito Center For the Arts.
Carlson collaborated with sculptor Tim Rose (who sadly passed away in 2008) in 1993 to create a local event that would allow artists to be financially self-sufficient and build their careers. Their goal was to make artists in the county visible to the community and inspire youth.
With the assistance of philanthropist Peggy Haas, and a grassroots team, they produced the first MOS in 1994. MOS is now a free-standing non-profit with a small Board and staff, a large volunteer base, and ongoing support from the Marin Community Foundation, the Board of Supervisors, local companies, foundations, and individual donors.