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I'd Rather Be in the Studio! book

Planning a Successful Open Studio Event

with Alyson B. Stanfield and special guest,
Harriete Estel Berman . . .

Audio Recording


Harriete Estel Berman
Harriete Estel Berman
Photo by Barbara Kossy

So, you want to invite people into your studio, huh? How will you get them there? What will you do when they arrive? What about insurance, sales, and refreshments?

Hosting an open studio sounds simple and inexpensive. After all, you have no space rental fees and low overhead. All you have to do is open the door and let the masses in, right? Well, not exactly. There's much more to plannning a successful open studio than that.

A well-run Open Studio event can offer an artist exposure for their work and retail sales, but there are many issues involved.

In this free teleseminar, I will discuss with Harriete Estel Berman the essential information you need for planning your open studio event.

  • Consider the upside and the downside of open studios
  • Set your goals and objectives
  • Promote the event
  • Prepare your space
  • Plan for safety, security, and comfort of your guests
  • Follow up with visitors

Includes 14-page handout

Harriete will also introduce you to the valuable resources found in the Professional Guidelines from the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Don't let the source fool you. These are for all artists—not just metalsmiths.

About the Guest Expert

Harriete Estel Berman is one of the authors of an ongoing series of Professional Guidelines for artists to promote understanding, checklists, and practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community.  The Professional Guidelines are available as both word and downloadable PDF files on the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) website. Harriete has also organized the professional development seminar (with Andy Cooperman and Don Friedlich) prior to the SNAG conference for the last three years. 

Harriete uses recycled tin cans to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns of social commentary.  Her work has been shown throughout the United States, in Europe and Africa; and included in numerous museum collections.

For images and more information about Harriete, visit her Web site.

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