2017 Hwy 62 Art Tours

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours?

Members of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council who are full or part-time residents of the Morongo Basin Communities may participate in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. You can become a member, or check the status of your membership, on the website at www.mbcac.org. Please note that artists who do not live in the area, but have participated in the Art Tours in one of the last three years may continue to participate. In the spirit of the original Hwy 62 Art Tours being a celebration of the Morongo Basin artists, the MBCAC board has created the resident requirement.

How do I apply for the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours?

You can apply online by clicking on “Hwy 62 Art Tours” and then “Click here to apply” in the right hand column on this page. Please read this entire document before starting the application process.

What are the costs to participate in the Open Studios?

Artist – One weekend (single) $170

Artist – One weekend (shared) $140 (per artist)

Artist – Both weekends (single) $210

Artist – Both weekends (shared) $170 (per artist)

Retail/Gallery – Both weekends $300

In addition, each participant is required to send a payment for 5% of their gross sales to the MBCAC by January 1, 2018. Mail you check to: MBCAC, P.O. Box 643, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

If you require a Charitable Tax Donation form, please send your request to arttours@mbcac.org

What is the application deadline?

All applications are due by April 9, 2017. Any application submitted during the Late Registration period of April 1-9, 2017 will include a $100 late fee. No applications will be accepted after April 9, 2017. Note: Photos are due at the time of application! (Please refer to the photo images section below for image guidelines.)

How do I pay for my registration fees?

You will pay with a credit card using the payment system that is part of the online application. Or by cash or check during one of our Application Assistance Workshops.

Can I show other artists’ work in my studio?

We encourage artists to team up and show together, as it helps reduce the number of stops the visitor must make while on the Tours. Please keep in mind the core idea behind the ‘open studios’ – that seeing your process is what many visitors are looking to experience while on the Tours. (See more comments on this below.) Note: Artists must agree not to exhibit, sell, or host non-participating artists in the space over which they have control.

The Arts Council strongly suggests the artists show their process during the tour. How do I do that?

Showing your process and your studio setup is fundamental to the concept of Open Studio Art Tours. Actual demonstration and works in progress are ideal ways to share your process with visitors. If your process is dangerous or very complex, storyboards or visual aids may be displayed instead.

What about showing and selling reproductions of my work in Open Studio Art Tours?

A “reproduction” is defined as a copy of original art. Reproductions for sale may be included in your Open Studio display, with the following suggestions:

Original work should be prominent and ideally should be seen first as visitors enter the studio area.

Reproductions must be clearly labeled as reproductions. An explanation of the reproduction process should be posted near the presentation of any reproductions including photography and digital artwork. This explanation should serve to educate the public about the distinction between original art, digitally modified artwork and any other reproductions (e.g. “These are giclée prints (copies) of my oil paintings, printed using archival inks and paper on an inkjet printer”) Note: Photography and digital art are considered original art, not reproductions.

How many images are needed for the application?

You will need 2 images of original artwork in the primary medium you select on the application created within the last three years. The committee will choose the image that will look best in the catalog.

How do I decide which images to submit with my application?

Please consider the following when selecting images for our application:

  • Are your images of two different, original works of art?

  • Do your images represent technical proficiency, and is it consistent across both images?

  • Are the finished pieces unique works of art, reflecting originality and individuality?

  • Do these images represent work created in the last three years?

  • Is the quality of the digital images good and do they accurately represent your original artwork?

  • Have the images been shot in a professional manner? If they contain distracting elements such as fingers, walls, barbeques, weeds, car parts, etc., we recommend that you invest in professional images of your work. Images should be shot “head on” for wall art, so the image is not distorted or bowed.

What are the technical requirements for the images?
  • All photos must be saved as TIF or JPG files for upload

  • Label your photos as follows: LastnameFirstnameTitleofwork.TIF (example: SmithSusieDesertIntrigue.JPG)

  • Ideal resolution is 300 dpi, which is the minimum needed for printing. Lower resolution is acceptable only if the image is at least 2400 pixels on the longest edge.

  • Images not meeting these requirements will not be accepted and may affect your representation in the 2017 Open Studio Art Tours catalog.

Is it okay to digitally enhance my images?

Your images should reflect the artwork you have created. It is OK to work on your images digitally (e.g. crop them to remove framing, mat board, clutter not related to the artwork), with the following caveat: If you perform any image sharpening, color modifications, etc., the results should appear identical to your original art.

What if I need assistance applying for the Art Tours?

We will be hosting three Application Assistance Workshops during open registration. The first workshop will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 1 PM to 4 PM at Gallery 62. The second workshop will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Gallery 62. Our last workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 1 PM to 4 PM at Gallery 62. Please note that this last workshop is during the Late Registration period and there is a $100 Late Fee.

During these Application Assistance Workshops, you will be able to register in person for the 2017 Art Tours and have your artwork professionally photographed for the Art Tours Catalog. Please contact Kathi Klopfenstein at registrar@mbcac.org to schedule an appointment for the Application Assistance Workshops.

What are the steps I should take prior to starting the online application?

Verify on the website that your membership is up-to-date through October 31, 2017 on the website www.mbcac.org. We recommend you prepare the following information before starting your online session:

  • Your contact information.

  • Your website information.

  • Your studio information.

  • Accurate, concise directions to your studio from Hwy 62. Do not use “same as last year” for your directions.

  • Your images in the correct format to upload.

  • Your credit card.

What is the “Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours Collective Show” and how do I participate in it?

An exhibit of original work by Open Studio Art Tours artists will be held this year at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. Each artist is encouraged to submit one original work of art created within the last three years. The show is designed to give the visitors the opportunity to view many artists at once prior to making their tour plans.

Intake for the Collective Show: Tuesday, September 26 from 9-11:30 a.m.*

Soft opening: Wednesday, September 29th from 12-3:00 p.m.*

Opening Reception and MBCAC Gathering: Saturday, September 30 from 5-8:00 p.m.*

Outtake for the Collective Show: Monday, October 30, 9-11:30 a.m.*

Artwork must be up for the entire show, no early take downs.

Artwork must be FOR SALE.

Artwork must be representative of the work visitors will see at your studio.

There is no entry fee for the show. Sales of Collective Show pieces will be handled by Gallery 62 and a 25% sales commission will be taken. This commission goes to covering the cost of running the gallery and the monthly rent. The buyer may remove work that is sold during the show and the artist may replace the sold piece. It is recommended that the artists have one or two back-up pieces of similar size ready to be used as a replacement.

Artists will be asked to gallery sit during the month of October. Sitting times will be scheduled during Intake. We will be utilizing non art tours participant docents during the weekends of the art tours.

*Note – Dates and times subject to change.

How can I help?

The Arts Council is a volunteer-based organization that depends on its members. There are many tasks that we need help with to make the Tours a success. Participating artists are encouraged to volunteer at least a couple of hours to the Arts Council. You will be sent an email that lists the many opportunities of where you can help, and we hope you will take time out of your busy schedules to become involved by helping in the tour. Possibilities range from stuffing envelopes, manning tables and/or hosting at our special events, distributing promotional material, helping applicants with their photo images, etc.

After Event Artist Survey

Participating artists are requested to complete an online survey with information regarding their sales dollars and the number and makeup of their clientele. All information is anonymous and confidential and is used to assess the economic and cultural impact of the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours on region. The survey is also an opportunity for us to receive valuable feedback on your experience as a participating artist.

The Hwy 62 Art Tours is organized by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, P.O. Box 643, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. For further information, email arttours@mbcac.org. For registration questions, email registrar@mbcac.org.

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