2021 Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours


All participating artists must be full or part-time residents of the Morongo Basin Communities.

Each artist must register as an individual participant. No additional/guest artists are allowed unless they meet the residency requirements for MBCAC member artists and register to take part. Only registered artists residing in the area will be allowed to participate. A maximum limit of five (5) artists per any studio location, and the location must be the PRIMARY studio of the host artist.

NO RETAIL OR GALLERY SPACES (Exceptions, below.)

  • The gallery location must be the principle studio location of the artist who owns or otherwise creates work there AND the majority of the work on display must be created by the same person (or owner).
  • Any artist showing at any such gallery specifically for the purpose of being on the art tours must also be a registered MBCAC member.
  • Gallery 62 and JTAG will continue their role as main location for the collective show and will be designated as such in the catalog and not included with the regular artist listings.
  • Retail stores or Galleries can still remain as catalog distribution centers and run ads in the catalog.

Artists participating in the Art Tours may only have their studios open for the weekend(s) they have registered for. Artists may not advertise or leave their art tours studio signage visible on the roadways or studio entrances for any weekend(s) they are not registered for.  

Artists who are found open, have left signage up, or are otherwise advertising that they are open for a weekend(s) they did not register for will be invoiced the full price of participating both weekends in the amount of $210 plus a $50 processing fee, minus any registration fees already paid. If the artist fails to pay the invoice promptly, said artist would be banned from participating in the Art Tours the following year. 

Conversely, any studio found to be closed for non-emergency purposes when it indicated it would be open will also be subject to review for participating the following year.

Studios are required to be open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm each day they have signed up for. (It is up to the discretion of each studio if they wish to open earlier or stay open later than that.) Optional artist-only visiting schedule will be available between 9:00 – 10:00 am each day of the tours to allow artists only to visit other artist studios.

There will be NO commission collected on art sold in any studios in 2021. A 15% commission will still apply on any artwork sold during the collective show in April at the galleries (JTAG and Gallery 62).

All refunds must be requested in writing. No refunds after April 15, 2021. Prior to April 15, 2021, refunds will be the artist’s participating fee minus a $40 processing fee. If in the event of state or county COVID-19 restrictions preclude the art tours from going forward, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee.

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

  • No more than 50% of an artist’s Open Studio display may be allocated to reproductions.
  • Original work should be prominent and should be seen first as visitors enter the studio area.
  • Reproductions must be separated from the main body of original work and clearly labeled as reproductions. This explanation should serve to educate the public about the distinction between original art and reproductions. (e.g. “These are giclee 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, and hereby excluded from this restriction.

Works of art created from kits; green ware, mold cast ceramics not originally created by the artist are not acceptable for this year’s Art Tours. Only original artist-made works of art are appropriate for this year’s tour.

By submitting images of your artwork with your application, you are granting permission to the MBCAC and their legal representatives and assignees, the right to use and publish photographs and any information submitted for the restricted purposes of promotion and education in print and/or online.

MBCAC provides no liability insurance coverage to participants or visitors of the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. As a participant in the Art Tours, it is your responsibility to insure yourself, your premises and your work against a lawsuit, theft, damage and other potential circumstances.

The MBCAC strongly recommends that you check with your insurance agent as to coverage for this event. MBCAC is also not responsible for ensuring the safety of visitors on your property. Safe access for visitors who may have mobility issues is the responsibility of the host artist.

You are responsible for proofing your listing as well as your map location. If you fail to proof your listing, the MBCAC is not responsible for errors and omissions.

The goals of the MBCAC and the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours are to provide the general public access to the artists in the Morongo Basin; to provide the artists with opportunities to showcase their art; to promote the Art Tours as an educational setting for visitors to meet the artists and learn about their process of creating art in their chosen mediums; and to promote the Art Tours as a whole.

Artists are strongly encouraged to promote themselves and the Art Tours through all possible marketing channels, offline and on. We also encourage artists to remember they are an ambassador for the tours when posting online or promoting the tours in real life. If there is a tours-related issue needing to be addressed, please immediately contact the Art Tours director: arttours@mbcac.org.

For further information, email us: arttours@mbcac.org. For registration questions, email: registrar@mbcac.org.

The Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours are organized by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc. P.O. Box 643, Joshua Tree, California 92252