The Sacramento art scene is baring itself for all the city to see over the next two weekends in the 10th year of Sac Open Studios, wherein attendees have the opportunity to visit the studio spaces of local artists, mingle with other art appreciators and participate in demos on a sprawling, citywide scale.
There's a lot to take in, but there's some method to this madness: The Preview Exhibit at the Verge Center for the Arts (625 S Street), which opened on September 8 and will be open through September 20, is a great place to catch a first glimpse of exhibiting artists' work and make notes of the collections and studios you would like to explore further. The tour will hit studios west of Interstate 80 and Highway 99 the first weekend, Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13; and studios to the east will take part during the second weekend, Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to self-guided studio tours, there are a bunch of special events too: To kick things off, there's a reception at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (1108 R Street) on Saturday, September 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and later that evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., there is the Sac Open Studios Nightcap at Beatnik Studios (723 S Street), which will feature dance performances, live music and booze of the nightcap variety. For those looking for more hands-on instruction, the Delta Workshop (2598 21st Street) will be hosting demos on letterpress printing, digital drawing, raku firing, sculptural welding and more.
Special activities for weekend two include the Art Quad at DISPLAY: California, in which artists transform the parking lot at 3433 Broadway into an homage to Sacto's design scene, and demos on paper making, encaustics and gourd projects. Dust off the ol' beret and get ready to art to your heart's content. A studio guide and more information can be found at http://vergeart.com/sac-open-studios-2015.