No worries about getting accepted and what you can show. Exhibit all your pieces, show the breadth of your work.
It's a great opportunity to talk with visitors and get to know them better and let them know about you and your work. Learn what they like - or don't like - about your work so you can understand what your target market is seeking.
You can show with other artists. Group sites attract more visitors and let you show in a different place each weekend. SVOS can assign you to some group sites if you register early enough.
We print 40,000 full-color artist directories that showcase your work. They're free to the public and professional distributed to more than 400 pick-up points throughout Silicon Valley.
Each artist has their own page on our web site (www.svos.org) and it's there all year. You can display images of your artwork along with your artist's statement. In addition, there are maps showing the location or each open studio site where you will be showing your art for each weekend that you participate.
Whenever possible we have preview exhibits in the months leading up to the May event. These are displayed in high-traffic public areas and are used to promote Silicon Valley Open Studios by showing many samples of the great art that can be seen. We try to get as many artists as possible into one of these shows.
We also host SVOS Invitational shows at other times during the year as a means of keeping the Silicon Valley Open Studios name in public view throughout the year. Here, we invite those artists who have demonstrated outstanding ability in an ongoing body of work to participate in these shows.
Participating artists are eligible to attend a series of free seminars in preparation for open studios. Get tips and advice from experienced artists about how to get the most from your open studios experience. Topics include how to market yourself, how to prepare your studio, and how to price your work, and a lot more.
Along with our professional PR firm, we support your marketing efforts by promoting the overall event with press and media placements, pre-printed post cards, posters and signs. We also have fliers that you can download and distribute in your own neighborhood. We also publicize using e-mail and our social networking sites; Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
You can join our Yahoo Group for Artists to get more information and to communicate with other artists about arranging your own group site. There is no cost to join the Yahoo Groups for Artists and you are not obligated to register for Silicon Valley Open Studios. You can also use this to post questions about Silicon Valley Open Studios. Just click the purple button to the left to go to the Yahoo Groups sigh-up page. You'll need to have (or sign up for) a free Yahoo account in order to join this group.
Silicon Valley Open Studios is unlike any other art event.
Get up close and personal with the artists. Here's your chance to get to know the artists in the intimate setting of their own studios. Talk about their work and ask questions about their technique.
You can see a larger body of work than anywhere else. Each artist can show their entire collection. Each artist is free to show whatever they do best, there's no jury or hanging committee. You be the jury of what's good, not someone else.
Discover some hidden artistic talent. Silicon Valley Open Studios is an incubator for young and emerging artists. Every year there are many showing for the first time. If you're a collector, here's your chance to get in on the ground floor.