I'd Rather Be in the Studio!

Studio Tour (Book Tour) Book Parties


Book signing for I'd Rather Be in the Studio! at Deanna Woods' studio
Alyson signing copies of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! at Deanna Wood's studio in Sanger, TX. Photo by Deborah Boschert.

First, the schedule (and then below I'll tell you what to expect)

November 12
Jacqueline Butler's studio, Santa Fe (Lamy), NM, 10 to 11 a.m. I'll say a few words at around 10. Drop in! Directions
November 12
Artisan art supply store, 2601 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, 3 to 4:30 p.m. I'll say a few words at around 3:30. Drop in!
November 13
Paula Manning Lewis's Chroma Studios, Albuquerque, NM, 6 to 8 p.m. I'll say a few words at 6:30 p.m. Drop in! Directions
December 14
Barnes & Noble in The Shops at Centerra, Loveland, CO, as part of the Thompson Valley Art League weekend, 2 p.m.


Hey, Alyson, why don't you come to my studio?!

Now, here's what you can expect from a book party that you attend or one that you might organize for artists in your community

For: I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self Promotion
by Alyson B. Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com

I'd Rather Be in the Studio!Where? Your studio

When? Your convenience

Why? Because I’m coming to your area and I need to kill some time. I can’t think of a better way to do that than with a party with a bunch of artists in a studio.

What do you, Alyson (author), expect?

  • I’d like to meet as many artists as possible. You should decide how many people your space can hold.
  • I want everyone to be comfortable and have fun.
  • I expect NO wine and cheese. We’ll find some coffee or tea somewhere.
  • I picture these events as kind of like chatting at a coffee shop (or studio!). I can speak briefly (10 minutes) about art marketing and answer questions. I can speak longer if people are seated than if they are standing. This is your choice.

If there is no pressure to buy, what’s in it for you, Alyson?
I run a Web site and artist consulting business called ArtBizCoach.com. My ability to do my job is directly related to knowledge of the artworld. The more I talk with artists, the more effective I am.

I rely on artists’ stories and experiences. I want to hear yours.

So, why do you call it a Book Party?
The book is a pretext to visit your studio. Most authors have book signings, but, well . . . yawn. I wanted to take my book to where artists are. And wouldn’t you rather be in the studio? I will have books for sale and will donate a portion of sales to one of your favorite local art charities, if you choose. But there will be zero pressure to purchase the book. I’d much rather meet the artists in your city or town than sell books.

(It’s kind of like a book signing, but it’s mostly a reason to meet artists in their studios.)


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Previous studio tour stops

Friday, March 14
Armory Arts Village, Jackson, Michigan, 4 to 6 p.m. Drop in!
Wednesday, March 26
Moon-Lily Studio & Gift Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado, 5 to 8 p.m. Drop in!
Benefiting Arts Alive Fort Collins

Saturday, March 29
Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas, 2 to 4 p.m. Drop in!
Benefiting the Emergency Artists' Support League
Sunday, March 30
Deanna Wood's studio, Sanger, Texas, 1 to 3 p.m. Drop in!
Benefiting Visual Arts Society of Texas
Monday, March 31
Studio Six on the Paseo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 5 to 8 p.m. Drop in!
Benefiting Paseo Artists Association and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Tuesday, April 1
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1:30 p.m. (Students only)
Thursday, April 3
Theresa Haberkorn's studio at Art Work Space, Boulder, Colorado, noon to 2 p.m., drop in!
April 11-12
Portrait Society of America annual convention , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day

Friday, April 25

Afternoon tea/coffee at Reveille Kennedy's studio, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Brunch at Mickey Baxter-Spade's studio, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, May 14
Palmer Lake Art Group, Palmer Lake, Colorado, 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 21
Greater Castle Rock Art Guild, Castle Rock, Colorado, 6:30 p.m.
September 16
Tulsa Artists Guild, 6:30 p.m. (members only)
Sunday, October 12
Ellen Woods' Studio, Carbondale, Colorado, 3 to 5 p.m. I'll say a few words at 3:30 p.m. Drop in!


Hey, Alyson, why don't you come to my studio?!
I can't make the studio tour, tell me about the blog tour.
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