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


The 2018 Studio Discovery Tour takes place on Labor Day weekend (September 1, 2, & 3) and the weekend before (August 25 – 26) ~ Studios open 10 am to 5 pm each day.

This free, self-guided tour along breathtakingly scenic coastal Highway 1, from Cazadero to Point Arena, is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day or an entire weekend. The artists you meet along the way are happy to demonstrate the making of their art and share their unique vision.

A free, full-color catalog will help you make the most of your tour. It contains a description of each artist, along with a detailed map and directions to each studio. While on the road, look for the bright yellow signs to help guide you along the way. 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.

You can begin your adventure by stopping at the Discovery Gallery, 39140 So. Hwy 1, Gualala, CA, located in the Seacliff Center, lower level, on the west side of Hwy 1, to preview the work of Studio Tour artists and to pick up catalogs with maps.

Catalogs will also be available at the Gualala Arts Center, the Dolphin Gallery, the Mendocino Art CenterElk Artists CollectiveCoast Highway Artists’ Collective and various local galleries and businesses along the way.

To receive your catalog by mail, so you can begin planning your own personal tour, e-mail the Tour Director, Doric Jemison-Ball at dtjemisonball@gmail.com

Visit the Studio Discovery Tour website here to find out more about the 33 participating artists.


Artist Carol Frechette in her studio on the Gualala ridge.

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 this 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.


Prayer Artist Marla Skibbins in her jewelry studio on The Sea Ranch.


Mike Henderson removing pots from his pit kiln.
Jim Meilander at work outside his studio.