Perception & Persistence, an exhibition of OSA artists participating in the annual fall Studio Tour is open through October 10 at the Ojai Valley Museum. This year’s tour is the largest ever, with 75 artists opening their studios the weekend of October 8, 9, and 10. The exhibit is a great way for tour-goers to preview all the artists’ work under one roof and plan their self-determined itinerary. This year’s Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) Tour is FREE, and guests must REGISTER ONLINE to receive the map and information to guide them through the valley.

Offering visitors a rare inside look at the working spaces of 75 artists in the Ojai Valley, the OSA Tour dates back 38 years, and is the oldest studio tour in California. Drawing on the legacy of world-class figures such as Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol, and Otto and Vivica Heino, the 2022 Tour offers collectors and the curious a first look at the work of an exciting crop of seventeen new members.

OSA now includes abstract, figurative, plein air, and experimental artists working in paint, clay, fiber, metal, stone, photography, wood, glass, assemblage, and collage. Some are known around the world, like luminaries Theodore T. Gall, Joseph Sohm, and Sherry Loehr and whose exhibitions and work have been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. Newer members include a digital projection mapper, a doll-maker, and a clothing designer with a cult following.

The array of workspaces is as delightful and eclectic as the work created inside. These spaces range from charming, paint-spattered nooks shrouded by century-old oak trees to sleek, modern spaces with airy, high ceilings and jaw-dropping views. OSA members are welcoming and eager to talk, providing tour-goers a rare opportunity to delve into the artists’ processes.