Celebrating a Decade of the Long Beach Open Studio Tour

In 2009, The Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach visited Lisa Wibroe’s studio during the Mid-City Studio Tour. As Craig Watson was developing October is Arts Month for the City of Long Beach, he asked Lisa if a studio tour could be held annually as opposed to biennially and the annual LB Open Studio Tour was born! Working together, Lisa and fellow artist Tina Burnight, have grown the event each year over the past decade.

Our Mission Statement is to introduce the community to its local artists in their working environments located within their neighborhoods and thus see that creating art is a “real job.” Another aspect of our Mission Statement is to help artists connect with community members and other artists.

The first year, 2010, the LBOST was funded, not only by the Arts Council for Long Beach, but also by Connected Corridor. The Arts Council has been a supportive sponsor every year since our inception. This year, we had several businesses request to be sponsors for this free community event. We are very grateful for the support of our community and local artists. Our hope is to make the LB Open Studio Tour the premier event for Long Beach’s October is Arts Month and attract visitors from other cities to this Tour.

Because the Tour has grown over the decade, we have created four separate hubs, each with its own weekend. The first hub is Zaferia/Eastside, on October 5th & 6th, then the Cal Heights/Bixby Hub on October 12th & 13th, the Wrigley Hub on October 19th & 20th, and the Belmont Heights/Belmont Shore Hub on October 26th & 27th. All studios are open from noon to 5 p.m. on those days.

Also new this year, three galleries are promoting the work of LBOST artists:

LB Creative Group Gallery, 2221 E. Broadway.

Opening Artists’ Reception is September 14th, 4 – 8 pm.

Gallery is open Thursdays – Sundays, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Show closes October 27th.

Loiter Gallery, 180 E. 4th Street.

Opening Artists’ Reception is September 21st, 5 – 9 p.m.

Gallery is open Tuesdays – Fridays, 5 – 8 p.m., Saturdays, 5 – 9 p.m., and Sundays, 5 – 8 p.m.

Show closes October 27th.

Blackbird Café Gallery, 3405 Orange Avenue.

Exhibit runs from September 14th through October 27th.

Café hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 7 days a week.

We hope you get the opportunity to see every single studio; come out to support your local artists and enjoy October is Arts Month!

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