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Arts Focus: Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour Returns to In-Person Format

By guest blogger and artist Melanie Kehoss.

This year marks the fourth Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST). On September 25 and 26, 48 artists open their studios to art lovers so they can see inside the artistic process and the studios, most of which are rarely open to the public.

The various disciplines include paintings, ceramics, metals, photography and more. The weekend event will begin with a launch party Friday, September 24, at the Cody Gallery on the Ballston campus of Marymount University.

After going virtual last year due to the pandemic, this marks the activity’s return to being an in-person format. The event will follow CDC guidelines with masking, social distancing, and other safety and health measures determined by individual artists.

AVAST is a joint effort of independent artists and volunteers, supported by contributors, including Schnider Investment group and Dominion Lighting, and in cooperation with Arlington’s visual art organizations. Arlington Arts was a founding sponsor of this new cultural tradition.

This year’s participants are listed, each with a sample photo and short description of their work, at this link. AVAST will add a guide with opening times and locations so that visitors can select for themselves the studios they wish to visit. The guides will be online and print versions will be available at Arlington galleries and sponsor locations starting in mid-September, and at studios during the tour.

For last year’s virtual tours, some 40 artists created online video tours that attracted thousands of viewers. To give you an idea of what you can once again experience in person, check out the montage of videos below.

For complete info on this year’s tour, visit the AVAST website and Facebook Page!

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