The executive director of Marin
Open Studios ushers in a quarter
century of community art.
In 1968, artist Tim Rose held a holiday party in his studio space within Sausalito’s Industrial Center Building,
inviting the public to explore his private workspace.
What began as a simple gathering soon became
Winter Open Studios. And 25 years after that event,
with the help of fellow artist Kay Carlson, Marin Open
Studios was born. Each May, MOS invites area artists to open their spaces to visitors. In celebration of
its 25th year, we talked to executive director Carlson.
Check it out during the first two weekends in May.
MM: What makes Marin Open Studios
such a special event?
KC: It is a banquet where everyone gets a seat at
the table to feast on color, shape and form. I love
seeing the creativity bursting out everywhere in the
county and the excitement of families, friends and
art lovers experiencing the gallery together. I met
my husband, Don McCartney, in my studio during
an Open Studios weekend.
MM: What are you most looking forward to this year?
KC: Celebrating our 25th anniversary with 275 artists
is very exciting. Many are friends whose work I have
seen develop during those 25 years. I am so proud to
be a part of this creative community — the best part
for me is watching the artworks arrive in the gallery
MM: Since plein air is your medium, where is your
favorite place in Marin to set up and paint?
KC: From my longtime Sausalito studio in the ICB.
I walk the waterfront at times of the day when
waves, clouds and atmosphere create visual drama.
The variety of Marinship life inspires really seeing.
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