History

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Studio Tour Orginators

In 1992, artists Marty Ray, Michael Obranovich and David Hickman organized and participated in the very first Artists’ Studio Tour in a neighborhood near White Rock Lake. Marty and Michael hatched up the idea to ask a few professional artists with studios close by to join them in having a one day Open Studio event. David was invited to participate and assist with organizing the event (originally called the East Dallas Artists’ Studio Tour). The mission that year and 20 years later is the same: To introduce the public to local artists and invite them to visit the unique spaces where art is created. All of the artists and their studios were within residential neighborhoods near White Rock Lake.

Seven studios were included the first year. Currently there are over 50 artists and 5 area Art Center/Schools. Co-founders, Marty and Michael continue as part of the tour, however in 2014 David Hickman began a new journey, moving to the Santa Fe area to build a new studio and home with wife Linda. Everyone will miss David and his great studio (on the Tour since 1992) and we wish him the very best with new adventures in New Mexico.

With help of a steering committee of artists, Marty continues to coordinate the Tour. The White Rock Artists’ Studio Tour is considered a highlight activity for the arts community of Dallas.