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Los Altos, Los Altos Hills artists open doors for annual Silicon Valley Open Studios tour

Now in its 30th year, Silicon Valley Open Studios offers the opportunity to observe artists at work. Artists from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are scheduled to open their studios to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22.

More than 380 artists in 150 locations will display their art. The artists work in a variety of visual media, including painting, fiber arts, printmaking, mixed media, jewelry, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

“The fact that this event has lasted for 30 years is a testament to its popularity,” said Mel Thomsen, executive director of Silicon Valley Open Studios. “In fact, SVOS grows bigger every year because visitors enjoy interacting with the artists and seeing a lot of their work at one time. The event also provides an easy, cost-effective way for art enthusiasts to start an art collection.”

In addition to showcasing established talent, Silicon Valley Open Studios attracts many emerging and first-time artists.

“Owners and curators of many of Silicon Valley’s finest galleries and museums attend SVOS, looking for new talent,” Thomsen said.

Silicon Valley Open Studios, a nonprofit organization, aims to act as an incubator for new and emerging artists. In addition to its open studio events, Silicon Valley Open Studios works with schools throughout the Peninsula and South Bay to increase exposure for the art their students create.

Reservations are not required for the free event.

For a complete list of locations, artists and contact information, visit svos.org. A digital copy of the directory with listings and maps to the artists’ studios is available at svos.org/downloads/SVOS_2016_Directory.pdf. Hard copies of the directory are available at approximately 480 locations throughout the Bay Area, including many libraries. To find a location near you, visit svos.org and click “Find a Directory.”

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