Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST) is a self-guided free tour of artists in their studios held throughout Arlington County, Virginia in early autumn. This is a non-juried showcase for local artists to feature their work, processes and studio spaces, and for the community to experience the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County.

In 2020, our tour is entirely online, with videos and Facebook Live events featuring artists in their studios.  This format not only helps our artists and visitors feel safe and secure, it also provides an opportunity to “visit” far more studios than would be feasible in-person.  Moreover, this virtual tour will showcase Arlington studios to art lovers around the country and the world!

The 2020 Tour began on Wednesday, September 23, 9 am, when 28 video studio visits premiered on You Tube.  The interactive portion of the tour takes place on Saturday, Sept 26, 10 am – 4 pm and and Sunday, Sept 27 11 am – 4 pm, when 12 more artists go live on Facebook.  Videos will also be available to watch after the event, but we encourage you to watch during the live sessions so you can comment and ask the artists questions!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I find the videos? Check out our Schedule page for video links and instructions for viewing.  All YouTube videos are available on the Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour channel.

Do I need to have a Facebook account to watch the Facebook Live videos? You do not need a Facebook account to view our videos and content on a PC.  In most cases, you do need an account to watch on a mobile device.  You also need to be logged in to a Facebook account to comment on the video.

Do I need to have the Facebook app to watch on my mobile device? No, you can watch on a browser, though you will probably need to log in.

What is AVAST?  It stands for Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour.  “Avast” is also a nautical term that means “stop”.

Is there a ticket fee? No, the event is free and unticketed.

What’s the difference between a studio and a gallery? Artist studios are spaces where artists work, and are usually private. Galleries are exhibition spaces open to the public.

Is the event appropriate for kids?  If you are comfortable bringing your child to an art museum, you will be comfortable with our content.  If any videos include particularly mature content, there will be a warning on our website.

Can I buy the art I see?  In most cases, yes! The AVAST artist directory will include email addresses and links to artists’ websites.  Many websites will allow visitors to purchase automatically.  More often, the website will have a way to contact the artist for sale inquiries.  Please let them know that you found out about their work through AVAST.

Who runs this Tour?  Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is a Virginia non-stock corporation, with board members representing various Arlington art organizations and individual artists. 2020 team members are: artist David Carlson* of the Arlington Arts Commission (president), artist Anne Hancock* of Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Joe B. Johnson of Arlington Artists Alliance, artist Melanie Kehoss* (managing member), Holly Koons of Arlington Arts Center, and artist Jennifer Brewer Stone.  Our artist volunteers are Mary Jennings, Catherine Satterlee, Alice Whealin, and Scott Hutchison.

*Board Members





Please visit our 2020 Sponsors!

Brock Realty
Art and Frame of Falls Church
Arlington Artists Alliance
Factory Society


Many thanks to our 2020 Donors!

Katherine and Gerald Freshley

Sandi Chesrown
William Donahue
Ann Clayton Everett
Jay Fisette
Jannes Gibson in honor of Kathy F and David C
Nancy Iacomini
Vivian Kallen
Gay Hanna Merrill
Audrey Wyatt