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. For questions about Tour, email: arlstudiotour @

In 2020, our tour will go 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 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 26 and 27.  Videos will also be available to watch after the event, but we encourage viewers to watch our scheduled videos for a more interactive experience!

Frequently Asked Questions:

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. 

Do I need to have a Facebook account to watch the Facebook Live videos? No, you do not need a Facebook account to view our videos and content.  You do, however, need to be logged in to a Facebook account to comment on the video.

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. This year’s team is: 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, artist Catherine Satterlee* of Lee Arts Center, and artist Jennifer Brewer Stone.

*Board Members






Many Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors and Donors!


Katherine and Gerald Freshley

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