26th Annual Studio Discovery Tour 2018

North Coast Artists' Guild presents

Self-guided tour of artists' open studios

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, and September 1-3, 2018

Sonoma-Mendocino Coast



Check back for details as these dates get closer.

In coming months, you can download the Studio Discovery Tour guide here.

Visit the Studio Discovery Tour website here to find out about past participating artists.


Millard Sheets, 1948 Studio Portrait for LIFE Magazine
Artists Millard Sheets in his studio, 1948, LIFE magazine.


Seeing artists at work in their studios is liking getting a glimpse into their inner muse. What inspires them? What is the view out their windows? Do they work secluded or in the middles of chaos? And, for aspiring artists, what can I learn?  For many artists on the Sonoma-Mendocino coast, the weeks leading up to the Studio Discovery Tour is a very exciting time as they prepare to open their creative spaces and share their work with all who journey through.

This will mark  the 26th anniversary of the free, self-guided tour along a 25-mile stretch of the coast that allows people to visit artists in their studios, providing a glimpse into the working processes of the artists’ creative minds.

The NCAG Studio Discovery Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this weekend, and 10 am to 5 pm. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day weekend.

Stretching from south of The Sea Ranch to north of Point Arena, artists’ studio stops are indicated by yellow and white signs along Highway One. Follow the signs along the indicated roads and driveways to discover the creative habitats of 35 participating NCAG Artists, who are jewelry makers, photographers, collage artists, painters, sculptors and more.

Local artists Bruce Jones at work in his Gualala home studio.

Maps for the tour and a description of each of the artists can be found locally at the the Dolphin Gallery across from Gualala Supermarket, the Discovery Gallery in the Sea Cliff Center, the Gualala Arts Center, The Mendocino Arts Center, The Elk Artists Collective and various art galleries and businesses along the way. Maps can also be downloaded from the NCAG website at studiodiscoverytour.com. Note that the catalog is a must when visiting artists on The Sea Ranch, since directional signs are not allowed along that section of Highway 1.