They’re nestled in the hills of the north Valley, some off the beaten path, but many of them have received national acclaim for their original works of art. And, lucky for art collectors and those seeking original holiday gifts, 42 of them will open their art studios during the last two weekends of November and invite guest artists to join them during the 23rd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale.
A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills (HITH) is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 169 artists at 42 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.
The free, self-guided studio tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios, which are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22, 23 & 24, November 29 & 30 and December 1. Each studio also has one or more guest artists who will demonstrate how they create their art while displaying and selling their work.
Art enthusiasts can find details about participating artists, custom-build their own map or download a map at www.HiddenInTheHills.org. In addition, the Sonoran Arts League’s Center for the Arts will serve as the information headquarters and Youth Art Studio No. 1 for the popular art tour. Visitors can pick up artist directories, maps and inquire about other tour details prior to and during the tour. Youth artists will also showcase, demonstrate and sell their artwork at the League’s Center for the Arts. The League office is located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 144, at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. For details, call (480) 575-6624.