Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) Connects Local Artists and Art Enthusiasts

CAMPBELL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Mar 22, 2016 -- South Bay, Peninsula and coastal artists will open their studios to the public during Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) the first three weekends in May (May 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22). This annual event, now in its 30th year, lets visitors experience a wide variety of art in the artists' own studios.

More than 380 artists in over 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 art (except for photographs and prints) is one-of-a-kind.

"The fact that this event has lasted for 30 years is a testament to its popularity," said Mel Thomsen, executive director of SVOS. "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, SVOS 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.

Dates and Locations

Reservations are not required for the free event. Artists in 27 cities from Burlingame to Gilroy and along the coast will open their studios between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Weekend 1 (May 7-8)

Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, Saratoga and Stanford

Weekend 2 (May 14 - 15)

Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Morgan Hill, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Jose, San Mateo, Stanford, and Woodside

Weekend 3 (May 21-22)

El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Montara, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Stanford, and Sunnyvale.

For a complete list of locations, artists and contact information visit A digital copy of the directory with listings and maps to the artists' studios is available at Hard copies of the directory are available at about 480 locations throughout the Bay Area, including many libraries. To find a location near you, go to and click on "Find a Directory." To see samples of an artist's work, click on "Find an Artist" and fill in the box under "Select an Artist by Name."

About Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS)

Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been connecting art enthusiasts with local art and artists in Silicon Valley for 30 years. SVOS is one of the oldest, largest and most popular art events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. One of its goals is to act as an incubator for new and emerging artists. In addition to its open studio activities, SVOS works with schools throughout the Peninsula and South Bay to increase exposure for the art their students create. For more information, go to

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