Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour 2021
Morgan Norwood’s studio is one of four dozen opening for AVAST 2021; photo courtesy of Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour

Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour

After an entirely virtual tour online last year, Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour (AVAST) is back in person. On Sept. 25 and 26, the artist community and general public will be able to set foot in more than 40 Arlington artist studios. Featuring a wide variety of art mediums—from acrylic painting and calligraphy to fused glass—AVAST is also a great opportunity for the savvy connoisseur to purchase locally-made pieces along the way. Even if you’re not in the market to buy art, AVAST Director and visual artist Melanie Kehoss hopes attendees will use the opportunity to get to know the area’s local artists. “We encourage everyone to show up and see the variety of work that is in Arlington County and to connect with the artists, to have a conversation, and be inspired themselves, and feel more connected to the community.” A launch party, where artists and art lovers can mingle and tour maps can be picked up, kicks off the weekend-long event on Sept. 24 at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The tour takes place Sept. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. across Arlington. Free.