Each spring, the visual artists of Silicon Valley and the Peninsula open their doors and allow the public to peek into their sanctuaries, studios and processes. At this year's Silicon Valley Open Studios, from Burlingame down to Gilroy and from the Pacific coast to the San Francisco Bay, more than 385 artists in around 160 locations will show their work and workspaces over the course of the first three weekends in May.
The first two weekends, May 4-5 and May 11-12, will feature artists at locations in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Stanford and more (the final weekend is dedicated to coastal and South Bay cities). The venues range from the artists' own homes and gardens to art hubs such as Palo Alto's Gallery House and Cubberley Community Center. And as always, a range of artforms will be represented, including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and mixed-media.
"Open Studios provides a chance to invite art appreciators into your garden studio to see what you have been working on all year," Palo Alto artist Alice Brown said. "I like explaining the process I go through to paint a painting and to have a chance to encourage others to paint, especially children. There are so many ways to make art and discussing art with others is inspirational."
Extensive information, including maps, artist directory and more, is available at SVOS.