Open Studios to Launch New Online Venture for Local Artists – Good Times Weekly

Among the many losses in the surreal year 2020 will be a cherished autumn ritual in Santa Cruz County: the annual Open Studios Art Tour in which artists from all over the county open their creative worlds to the public each October.

This year, unsurprisingly, the Open Studios will not happen, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. But even as it plans for 2021, Open Studios’ host Arts Council Santa Cruz County is making use of the downtime to create an entirely new orientation to local visual arts.

It’s called the Visual Arts Network (VAN), and it’s an online catalogue of local visual artists and their work, to be