2018 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  If you are not yet a member, you can apply online here >>> BECOME A MEMBER <<<

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  “Click here to apply” in the right hand column of this page. Please read this entire document before starting the application process.  Or you can make an appointment to attend one of our In-Person Registration events to be held at Gallery 62. See next question/answer for further details.

What if I need assistance applying for the Art Tours?

In person registration is by appointment only to register and / or to have your artwork photographed at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. If you just want your artwork photographed, you will still need an appointment. No drop-ins. Contact Mitch Miller at registrar@mbcac.org to schedule. Each appointment is 15-minutes. Dates: March 6 and 22, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Then March 25, 3:30 – 7:00 PM

What do I need prior to starting the online application?

First, you should verify your membership is up-to-date through October 31, 2018 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. “From Hwy 62 turn (use north or south)” Do not use “same as last year” for your directions.
  • Your images in the correct form ready to upload.
  • Your credit card.

What are the application dates?

Registration is February 18 – March 31.

What is the absolute application deadline?

April 8th, however, any application submitted during the Late Registration period of April 1 – 8, 2018 must include a $100 late fee. No applications will be accepted after April 8th. Note: Photos are due at time of application! (Please refer to the photo images section for image guidelines.)

What are the costs to participate in the Art Tours?

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 December 15, 2018. Mail your 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

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. Payment by cash or check will be accepted during one of our In-Person Registrations.

Can I show other artists’ work in my studio?

We encourage registered artists to team up and show together, as it helps reduce the number of stops the visitor must make, and may actually increase your visitor volume. Artists must agree not to exhibit, sell, or host non-participating artists in the space over which they have control.

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 two 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.  In the catalog the photo will be printed on white paper.

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

Great images will entice visitors to your studio. 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.  Proper even lighting is also important.

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 ppi, which is the minimum needed for printing. (In inches, a 4 x 6 at 300 ppi is fine.) 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 2018 Open Studio Art Tours catalog

Is it okay to digitally enhance my images?

Your images should reflect the artwork you have created. It is okay to use photo manipulation software on your images, and in some cases advisable. Cropping out clutter / matting or framing, adjust brightness, balance colors are acceptable. Remember, you want to make a great impression.

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 25 from 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Opening Reception and MBCAC Gathering: Saturday, September 29 from 5-8:00 p.m.
  • Outtake for the Collective Show: Monday, October 29, 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 and sales will be handled by Gallery 62 staff and a 25% sales commission will be taken. This commission goes to covering the cost of running the gallery and the monthly rent. If your artwork sells, the buyer may take their purchase 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 Art Tours weekends.


Artist Volunteer Service Hours

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 Art 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, sharp eyes for proofreading, and catalog distribution.

After Event Artist Survey

How do we continue to improve the Art Tours? By listening to you. Participating artists are requested to complete an online survey with information regarding their sales dollars, number of visitors, what your visitors had to say about the Art Tours. All information is anonymous and confidential. It is used to assess the economic and cultural impact Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours has on the communities. The survey is an opportunity for you to voice valuable feedback on your Art Tours experience.

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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