Kay Carlson Press Information

Marin Open Studios Founder and Executive Director Kay Carlson is the current executive director of the annual Marin Open Studios (MOS). She co-founded MOS with Tim Rose in 1993 to create an event that would support artists to build their careers and connect to the Marin community, art patrons, and youth. In 1996 she and Rose transferred MOS to the Marin Art Council (MAC), who ran it for the next 15 years. When MAC dissolved in 2011, Carlson spear-headed a steering committee that successfully reorganized. Along with a new board they transformed MOS into a non-profit corporation in 2013 with the support of Peggy Haas, the founding Philanthropist. MOS offers the public self-guided tours of studios of over 280 artists during the first two weeks of May. This includes a temporary 3 week gallery exhibition with a free Preview Gala for a public opportunity to meet the artists with a sample of their work. MOS celebrated their 25th Anniversary with other exhibits during the year as well. MOS has a small board and staff with a large volunteer base that helps produce the Open Studios event with ongoing support from the Board of Supervisors, local companies, and individuals.  See Marinopenstudios.com SPOTLIGHT Kay Carlson The executive director of Marin Open Studios ushers in a quarter century of community art. In1968, artist Tim Rose held a holiday party in his studio space within Sausalito’s Industrial Center Building, inviting the public to explore his private workspace. What began as a simple gathering soon became Winter Open Studios. And 25 years after that event, with the help of fellow artist Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios was born. Each May, MOS invites area artists to open their spaces to visitors. In celebration of its 25th year, we talked to executive director Carlson. Check it out during the first two weekends in May. marinopenstudios.org MM: What makes Marin Open Studios  such a special event? KC: It is a banquet where everyone gets a seat at the table to feast on color, shape and form. I love seeing the creativity bursting out everywhere in the county and the excitement of families, friends and art lovers experiencing the gallery together. I met my husband, Don McCartney, in my studio during an Open Studios weekend. MM: What are you most looking forward to this year? KC: Celebrating our 25th anniversary with 275 artists is very exciting. Many are friends whose work I have seen develop during those 25 years. I am so proud to be a part of this creative community — the best part for me is watching the artworks arrive in the gallery for installation. MM: Since plein air is your medium, where is your favorite place in Marin to set up and paint? KC: From my longtime Sausalito studio in the ICB.  I walk the waterfront at times of the day when waves, clouds and atmosphere create visual drama. The variety of Marinship life inspires really seeing. Source Marin Magazine: Caroline Abram
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Kay Carlson Press Information

Marin Open Studios Founder and Executive Director Kay Carlson is the current executive director of the annual Marin Open Studios (MOS). She co-founded MOS with Tim Rose in 1993 to create an event that would support artists to build their careers and connect to the Marin community, art patrons, and youth. In 1996 she and Rose transferred MOS to the Marin Art Council (MAC), who ran it for the next 15 years. When MAC dissolved in 2011, Carlson spear- headed a steering committee that successfully reorganized. Along with a new board they transformed MOS into a non-profit corporation in 2013 with the support of Peggy Haas, the founding Philanthropist. MOS offers the public self-guided tours of studios of over 280 artists during the first two weeks of May. This includes a temporary 3 week gallery exhibition with a free Preview Gala for a public opportunity to meet the artists with a sample of their work. MOS celebrated their 25th Anniversary with other exhibits during the year as well. MOS has a small board and staff with a large volunteer base that helps produce the Open Studios event with ongoing support from the Board of Supervisors, local companies, and individuals.  See Marinopenstudios.com SPOTLIGHT Kay Carlson The executive director of Marin Open Studios ushers in a quarter century of community art. In1968, artist Tim Rose held a holiday party in his studio space within Sausalito’s Industrial Center Building, inviting the public to explore his private workspace. What began as a simple gathering soon became Winter Open Studios. And 25 years after that event, with the help of fellow artist Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios was born. Each May, MOS invites area artists to open their spaces to visitors. In celebration of its 25th year, we talked to executive director Carlson. Check it out during the first two weekends in May. marinopenstudios.org MM: What makes Marin Open Studios  such a special event? KC: It is a banquet where everyone gets a seat at the table to feast on color, shape and form. I love seeing the creativity bursting out everywhere in the county and the excitement of families, friends and art lovers experiencing the gallery together. I met my husband, Don McCartney, in my studio during an Open Studios weekend. MM: What are you most looking forward to this year? KC: Celebrating our 25th anniversary with 275 artists is very exciting. Many are friends whose work I have seen develop during those 25 years. I am so proud to be a part of this creative community — the best part for me is watching the artworks arrive in the gallery for installation. MM: Since plein air is your medium, where is your favorite place in Marin to set up and paint? KC: From my longtime Sausalito studio in the ICB.  I walk the waterfront at times of the day when waves, clouds and atmosphere create visual drama. The variety of Marinship life inspires really seeing. Source Marin Magazine: Caroline Abram
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