2021 Open Studios Art Tour

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What: Julian’s Open Studios Art Tour 2021

Where: San Diego’s Historic Backcountry – Julian, CA 92036

Dates: Saturday – Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2021

Times: 10 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Admission: $10 per carload

Tickets / Maps: Advance sales available online at: www.JulianArtsGuild.org. Tour Map will be posted close to event date.

Day-of-event sales: Available at each studio and at Julian’s Town Hall at 2129 Main St. Julian, CA 92036

Proceeds: To support the Julian Arts Guild, a nonprofit energizing the arts

Contact / Questions: email Barbara at bnigro@pacbell.net 

Safety: Strict adherence to current CDC Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing, will be followed.


The Julian Arts Guild’s Open Studios tour is October 10 through 11 this year, with nearly a dozen artists participating in the Cuyamaca Mountains area of Julian in East San Diego County.

Guests have the opportunity to visit an eclectic group of artists’ individual galleries and personal studios. Armed with a map of the area and the artist directory, visitors will enjoy a day discovering the talents of each artist in the rural setting of vistas, trees, boulders, canyons and mountain ridges. It is a personal way of not only viewing their works but also seeing their homes and studios and learning directly from the artists how they create their artwork.

Throughout the tour is a variety of art—everything from photography and painting, to weaving and unique jewelry making and assemblage. It also is an opportunity to find a special holiday gift or a unique art piece to add to your own collection.

Included for the first time is a writer’s workshop where best selling true-crime author and journalist Cathy Scott lives and works. Her renovated miner’s cabin, which includes newsroom memorabilia, vintage typewriters and research materials, is in a wooded section near town.

The Julian Open Studios Tour is a great way to spend a day in the mountains surrounded by art. Bring a carload of friends, view and shop artwork, and, if you like, enjoy lunch on a blanket among the oak and pine trees. Visitors are encouraged to start the tour at any point along the route, since all the artists will have wristbands and maps available for you. Bright-yellow signs will direct you to each studio location. Strict adherence to current CDC Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing, will be followed.

Admission wristbands for the full tour are $10 a person, or $10 per carload. Advance sales and Tour Maps are available online at JulianArtsGuild.org. Day-of-event tickets will be available at each studio as well as at Town Hall on the corner of Main and Washington streets. Proceeds from wristband sales go to the Julian Arts Guild, a nonprofit group supporting the arts in San Diego County’s backcountry.

For more information visit: JulianArtsGuild.org or email Barbara at: bnigro@pacbell.net