The historic former car factory that houses artists’ studios will come alive for a weekend in the spring. More than 60 artists will welcome visitors to their studios at the annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.
The event began in 1993 when building owner Turner Woodard, an abstract painter himself, joined with a few other artists to host an open house. They threw some beer on ice in a plastic kids swimming pool and invited some friends.
Now, the event attracts 5,000 people every year, bringing to the historic Stutz building art lovers of all types who welcome the chance to wander through artists’ studios.
The open house is an opportunity to see artwork in the settings where it’s created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory.
This art-focused event will also feature live music, food and beverages, classic cars, artist demonstrations on Saturday, opportunities to meet the artists and buy their art. The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 60+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how their art is created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. This is the perfect time to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices ranging from $12 to $10,000.
Friday night offers a festive atmosphere perfect for adults, while families with children are encouraged to attend on Saturday. Saturday includes hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, and more.
Cost: $12-$16; children 12 and under, free. Tickets are valid for both days.