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About Us


About Us

In 2009, Lisa Wibroe participated in the Mid-City Studio Tour. As Craig Watson was developing October is Arts Month for the City of Long Beach, he asked Lisa if a studio tour could be held annually as opposed to biennially. The consensus was yes and the LB Open Studio Tour was born!

Lisa teamed up with fellow artist Tina Burnight and, together, they grew the event from 20 studios in 2010 to 45 studios in 2018. Our Mission Statement is to introduce the community to its local artists in their working environments located within their neighborhoods and thus see that creating art is a “real job.” Another aspect of our Mission Statement is to help artists connect with community members and other artists.

The first year, 2010, the LBOST was funded, not only by the Arts Council for Long Beach, but also by Connected Corridor. The Arts Council has been a supportive sponsor every year since our inception. This year, we had several businesses request to be sponsors for this free community event. We are very grateful for the support of our community and local artists. Our hope is to make the LB Open Studio Tour the premier event for Long Beach’s October is Arts Month and attract visitors from other cities to this Tour.

Because the Tour has grown to 45 studios with over 60 artists this year, we realize the Tour can no longer be confined to simply one weekend. Thus, for the first time, the LB Open Studio Tour, 2018, will be held over three consecutive weekends in October. Studios located west of Cherry Avenue will be open on October 13 & 14; studios located east of Cherry Avenue will be open on October 20 & 21. The weekend of October 27 & 28 is for artists who opt to open their studios for a second time. All studios are open from noon to 5 p.m. on those days.

We hope you get the opportunity to see every single studio; come out to support your local artists and enjoy October is Arts Month!