Letters to the Editor

Open Studios Art Tour is among largest in the U.S.

The weekend of Oct. 17 was the culmination of the Open Studios Art Tour, one of the largest in the United States, with 200 artists participating by opening their studios to visitors. All this is magically organized by Angela Tahti, executive director; Lori Lerian, program director; and Raven McDaniel, program specialist of ArtsObispo. Their raison d’être is to advance the arts in our county, and what a great job they do! Extraordinary, nearly superhuman efforts are made by all the participating artists who spend a year making art and getting ready for the tour.

The art tour has become a local favorite, and thousands of visitors from around California come specifically to participate. Services, lodging facilities, restaurants and retailers all benefited. What a win for all! These efforts add such positives to our Central Coast lifestyle, it’s no wonder we’re one of the “happiest places on earth.”

My heartfelt appreciation to all the generous people who support and promote our art community, to all those who helped the artists during the tour and to those who discovered and purchased new artwork — may you treasure it for years.

Pandora Nash-Karner, Los Osos