Every year, the weekend following Thanksgiving, the artist network in Mathews County open their doors to the public showcasing many genres of artisan crafts. The Open Studio Tour is a trail of approximately 12 artists and artisans with studios around the County. Not only do you get to visit the beautiful corners of this Chesapeake Bay town, you get a taste of the lives and habits of these professional artisans from all walks of life.
2018 Open Studio Tour Weekend:
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 10 am-5 pm
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, November 25th, 2018, Noon – 5 pm
Travel the various bays and rivers of Mathews County to shop fine arts, textiles, handmade furnitures, crafts, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and so much more. Featured studios this year include: Queens Creek Studio, Phil Dunn Photography, Sophisticated Whimsy Collages, Watercolor by Gib Pulley, The Arter’s Opus, D’Lynn Glass Designs Studio, Todds Creek Wood Works, Fine Art Studio and Gallery, Bentwaters Farm on Pepper Creek, The Poddery, and Matthew J. Leavell.
Expand your Artisan Tour
This holiday tour has taken place since 2001 and has grown each year. This event is FREE, and does not require tickets! If you are visiting town and would like to expand your artisan experience, take a look at the River to Bay Artisan Trail that was recently developed in the Middle Peninsula region. Check out the dozens of additional artists and studios that are available to book an appointment. You can also check out the Bay School Community Arts Center for classes and exhibits, and the many boutiques and vintage stores downtown!
Pick up your map and brochure at the Mathews County Visitor Center on 239 Main Street and start your tour!