Shared Studio Information
Marin Open Studios encourages artists to share their studio location by hosting additional guest / partner artists during Open Studios. Artists who do not have a studio location appropriate for holding Open Studios can be a guest / partner artist at another studio. We do our best to match up artists who are looking for space with available spaces, but if we cannot the registration fee will be returned.
How Shared Studios Work
- As a potential host OR guest/partner artist, you may find a match on your own, or ask Marin Open Studios to help you.
- It’s critical that the artists involved be compatible. That means you’ll need to spend time interviewing potential candidates, viewing each other’s art, assessing personality and communication styles; evaluating the space available to share; and ultimately agreeing to partner together to share the space & work involved in producing the open studio event at the host location.
- Artist placement must be finalized by January 30, 2017 to assign studio numbers in the Tour Guide.
- Each artist must pay the Marin Open Studios registration fee. There is no “group discount” for shared spaces.
Shared Studios Available Now
Please contact the following spaces to find a shared studio that will work for you:
Marin Society of Artists
- 1515 Third Street, San Rafael: Available May 6-7 & May 13-14, Contact Louise Williams at email@example.com
North Bay Art Works
- 7049 Redwood Blvd, Suite 208, Novato: Available May 6-7 & May 13-14, Contact Sue Lassetter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Novato Art Center
- Hamilton Field: Available May 6-7 & May 13-14, Contact Heidi LaGrasta at email@example.com
1550 4th Street, San Rafael
- Work will be shown May 12 - June 9, Contact Glen Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 905 Fourth Street, San Rafael, Contact Lauren Purcell at email@example.com (415) 521-5225
Marin Art and Garden Center
- 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross: Available May 13-14, Contact Stacey Kamp 415-454-1301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabel Cook Center
- 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Studio 22a, San Anselmo: Available May 6-7 & May 13-14, Contact Stacey Kamp email@example.com
Advantages of Shared Studios
- Shared studio space makes it convenient for visitors to see more art in one neighborhood, especially if several shared studios are near each other, thereby creating a “cluster” effect on the Tour Guide map. Clusters often experience higher traffic.
- Studio sharing allows participants to work together to market and display their work in a complementary way. For maximum promotional impact of such collaboration, however, it’s important that each artist market to his/her own audience (e.g., mail list) with individual postcard mailings and emails, highlighting either one or a collage of all artists at the studio location.
Considerations for Studio Sharing
- For Hosts:
- Medium: what is your media and does it matter what media your guest(s) have? A painter, for example, may only want to share with 3-D artists. But perhaps your style of painting is so unique that you wouldn’t mind sharing with another painter.
- Space: what is your space to share like? Indoors or out? Shade or sun? Dirt, grass or paved? Is there wall space for hanging 2-D work?
- Logistics: would a guest artist be able to leave his/her display set up overnight? And for the intervening week? If not, do you have space to store their work in between?
- Display Equipment: do you have “props” the guest artist could use (display panels, lights, tables, etc.) – or will the guest need to provide all?
- Weather: if your guest is showing outdoors, what will you do about unforeseen, inclement weather? Plan B?
- For Guest/Partner Artists:
- Cost: What are additional costs? Is there a fee to “rent” the space? Are there additional costs for shared publicity?
- Medium: are you interested only in finding someone with a DIFFERENT medium from yours?
- Space: what are your space requirements? How about environment—i.e., is outdoors in sunlight ok?
- Display Equipment: does your host have display “props” —or will you need to provide you own?
- Weather: if showing outdoors, what will you do about unforeseen, inclement weather? Plan B?
- Location: how important is it to have a host studio that is located relatively close to your home? Are you willing/able to dismantle your display after each show day and/or between weekends?