About the Tour
Walking into an artist’s studio gives you a much deeper understanding of what goes into the artwork. By seeing an artist’s environment, tools and materials and by learning about their inspirations and creative process, the art buyer gains insights into the artist’s work that is impossible to acquire by simply viewing art in a gallery. When you make a personal connection with an artist, you will forever have a deeper appreciation for the artwork, which becomes a part of your home.
McKinney Art Studio Tour is in its eighth year of providing the public with this rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at McKinney’s art community. The tour began in 2009 as a vision of local artists and teachers Sona Knox, Kerry Randol-Johnston, Lisa LaBarge and Molly Goodall. It has grown to include a wide variety of skilled artists looking to bring public awareness to the amazing collection of talent in our wonderful city.
Planning your Tour
Plan your tour by exploring the artists’ pages on our website and referencing the online or printed map, which will guide you to each artist’s location. Many of the artists, whose studios are widely spread about the city, will join with more centrally located studios in an effort to make the experience easier for tour goers. Visit as many or as few studios as you like, and at your own pace. Many of the studios are conveniently clustered near the historic downtown square, offering a variety of unique dining and shopping options.
MAST (McKinney Art Studio Tour) began in 2009 as one annual event. Since then it has expanded its mission to include other art events and promotional avenues for local artists. McKinney is a thriving art community and MAST is dedicated to connecting the art-loving public with our amazing local artists. MAST is a 501c3 non profit organization in cooperation with the Arts and Music Guild.
The MAST Mission
- Enhance the art experience by introducing the public to artists and the places where they create.
- Encourage interest in the processes, materials and ideas related to art.
- Create a sense of community among the artists in the area.
- Increase public awareness that art thrives in area neighborhoods, not only in designated arts districts.
- Open artists’ studios to the public so they can see where art is created, how art is created, and how art is a vital part of life.
- Provide an opportunity for the community to purchase original art directly from the artist.