Orange County Artists Guild Annual Studio Tour


Whether you are an art aficiondo or are just looking for something fun and unique to do in November, you won’t want to miss the Orange County Artists Guild 22nd Annual Open Studio Tour, which will be held on November 5-6 and 12-13.

Hillsborough has a vibrant community of artisans and is home to the Orange County Artists Guild, a non-profit organization of artists supporting artists. In fact, there are an estimated 700 to 800 diverse artists in Orange County, most of whom have relatively few opportunities to be seen and appreciated in the county. Thanks to the Annual Tour, the artists enjoy direct contact with supporters and gain a much wider exposure of their work. Tourists enjoy meeting the artists in a casual atmosphere, viewing an extensive range of the artist’s work, and being able to ask questions about the artisan’s process.

For this year’s studio tour, the Guild will present 83 artists at 66 studio locations throughout Orange County. Art from all participating members will be on display at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and Franklin Street Arts Collective Galleries.

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC
Art on display October 24th – November 13th.

Franklin Street Arts Collective, 109 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Art on display November 1st-13th.
Opening reception on November 3rd, 6-8 pm.

The Guild’s mission is to increase the visibility and recognition of area artists and craftspeople. The Guild was founded in 2000 by a group of diverse artists who participated in the Orange County Open Studio Tour, a popular annual event in Hillsborough since 1995. The group is primarily made up of seasoned visual artists, but also embraces emerging artists who want more understanding of what it means to produce and exhibit their work. The Guild does not place any restrictions on its members’ art or craft media, content, or style of work.

The Guild was the first participant in the Orange County Arts Commissions arts incubation program, which aids local arts groups to become self-sustaining over a three-year period. In 2003, the Guild became an independent non-profit organization, with a Board of eight artist members serving two-year terms.

The Orange County Arts Guild is providing PDFs of the full brochure (16 pages) and the 2-page map; simply click to download. (Brochure Correction: Studio #65, Michael Everhart and Will Stanley of Five Forks Studio, are 1st weekend only!)

They are also providing a google map of the studios that can help you with driving directions while you’re out on the tour.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and support the artists right in your backyard! For more information on the tour, visit the Orange County Arts Guild. For more information about living in Hillsborough, visit