About Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST) is a self-guided tour of artists in their studios held throughout Arlington County, Virginia in early autumn. AVAST 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.  The tour is open to the public and free.

AVAST is the only organization that welcomes all Arlington-based artist to participate in its event. Our Team consists of representatives from as many Arlington visual art organizations as possible, with the aim of bringing  the visual art community together.  As a Virginia Non-Stock corporation, we are committed to carrying out our mission without a profit.




Frequently Asked Questions

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

When are art studios open? Studios are open on either Saturday, Sept 17th or Sunday, Sept 18th, 11 am – 5 pm. The map and directory will indicate the open day for each studio.

Are masks required?  AVAST will be following the CDC’s guidelines for mask use at the time of all events. We will reassess as the 2022 event dates approach.

What if it is raining?  The self-guided tour will occur rain or shine.

How do I find each studio?  Tour several ways!

  • By neighborhood: on our website’s interactive map, click on individual marker numbers for studio address and details.
  • By artist: find artists by name and image using the Artist Directory, then click on their marker numbers on the map.
  • Printed Tour Guides with map and directory, available at libraries and galleries throughout Arlington, will include studio details to guide you.

Where can I get a tour guide? Guides will be available by mid-September at Arlington Arts Center, Schnider Gallery, Cody Gallery, Gallery Underground, Falls Church Art and Frame, Sterling Picture Framing, Dominion Lighting, and Arlington libraries and community centers.  They will also be available at individual studios on the days of the tour.

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.

What should I expect?  Some studios are located in clustered spaces, and are exclusively working spaces, such as Columbia Pike Artists Studios.  Some are in or outside people’s homes.  Look for the signs and walk right in!  You can expect to see art all around, as well as materials and work in progress.  You can spend a minute or an hour!  Artists are happy to answer questions and talk about their work.

Can I bring kids?  If you bring children, make sure they are attended at all times.  Remind them not to touch anything unless they are invited to do so.

Can I bring pets? We recommend you leave your pets at home.

Will studios be wheelchair accessible?  Accessible studios are marked on the directory.

Can I buy and take art home?  Yes!  If you are unsure whether a work is for sale, you can always ask.  Most artwork can be bought off the wall.

How can I pay for art?  Most artists will be able to accept credit card; cash or check are a sure bet.

Are donations tax deductible?  AVAST is a Virginia Non-Stock Corporation, organized to operate without a profit.  Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used solely for AVAST programs, but are not tax deductible.  Sponsorships qualify as business deductions for advertising purposes; see IRS Publication 535.

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




Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!

Dominion Lighting
Cortina Productions
Brock Realty
Columbia Pike Artists Studios
Arlington Artists Alliance
Art and Frame of Falls Church
Factory Society


Thanks to our 2021 Donors!

Katherine and Gerald Freshley

Amanda Wood
Joe B and Barbara Johnson
Jay Fisette
Robbie Namy
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