By blogger and guest artist Melanie Kehoss.
This year marks the fourth Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST). On September 25 and 26, 48 artists open their studios to art lovers so they can see inside the artistic process and workshops, most of which are rarely open to the public.
The different disciplines include painting, ceramics, metals, photography and more. The weekend event kicks off with a launch party on Friday, September 24 at the Cody Gallery on the Ballston campus of Marymount University.
After going virtual last year due to the pandemic, this marks the return of the activity to an in-person format. The event will follow CDC guidelines with masking, social distancing, and other safety and health measures determined by individual performers.
AVAST is a joint effort of independent artists and volunteers, supported by contributors including Schnider Investment Group and Dominion Lighting, and in cooperation with Arlington visual art organizations. Arlington Arts was one of the founding sponsors of this new cultural tradition.
This year’s participants are listed, each with a sample photo and a brief description of their work, at this link. AVAST will add a guide with opening hours and locations so that visitors can choose for themselves which studios they want to visit. Guides will be online and print versions will be available in Arlington galleries and sponsor locations from mid-September, and in studios during the tour.
For last year’s virtual tours, some 40 artists created online video tours that attracted thousands of viewers. To give you an idea of what you’ll be able to experience in person again, check out the video montage below.
For more information on this year’s tour, visit the AVAST website and Facebook page!