On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 11am to 4pm, 44 professional artists will open their studios to the public during the 9th Biennial Mid-City Studio Tour. From painters and photographers , to sculptors and ceramists, to artisans in jewelry, woodworking and, yes, even dryer lint, the breadth and caliber of the work is an enriching cultural experience of both the arts and the artists who call Long Beach ‘home.’ Many are part of permanent collections in national museums, and one artist has even been a guest on Johnny Carson.
This biennial is the largest one to date and not to be missed. There are 26 studio locations throughout Long Beach, where every sense can soak up the stimulation of creative working environments, be inspired by demonstrations, enjoy live music in private gardens, and converse with a diverse group of artists. This year, aside from individual studios, there will be group shows at two galleries, Chez Shaw and Greenly Art Space. Profiles of all the artists and a tour map can be found online at www.midcitystudiotour.com.
Participating artists are Sandy Abrams, Kamran Assadi, Kristine Baker, Marka Burns, Caryn Baumgartner, Slater Barron, Ho Chan, Dorte Christjansen, Nicole Cook, Helen Werner Cox, Cynthia Evans, Angie Fegley, Linda Fry, Juan Gomez, Moira Hahn, Susan Hartman, Susan Erikson Hawkins, Kimberly Hocking, Nate Jones, Connie DK Lane, James Lauritzen, Karen McCreary, Bill Mohr, John Montich, Pia Pizzo, Linda Sue Price, Sue Ann Robinson, Carol Roemer, Bob Rosenfield, Gregory Sabin, Joan Skogsberg-Sanders, John Hillis Sanders, Molly Schulps, Shoshanah Siegel, Sandy Smith, Eliza Solorzano, Sarah Soward, Michael Stearns, Annie Stromquist, Craig Cree Stone, Katie Stubblefield, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Gail Werner, and Jaye Whitworth.
Mid-City Studio Tour is made possible in part through a micro-grant from Arts Council for Long Beach and a grant from the Port of Long Beach. Sponsors include Arts Council for Long Beach, Partners of Parks, Port of Long Beach, Krishna/Copy Pro, Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, and Socal Modern Group.