In 2001, a group of visual artists who live and work in neighborhoods in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Copper Canyon, Argyle and Bartonville joined together to create the Cross Timbers Artists Studio Tour. During the tour, member artists open their studios to display their art and working spaces. Many artists also provide demonstrations and hands-on activities in which the public can take part.
The purpose of the Tour, which is held the second weekend in November each year, is to give the public an opportunity to explore the artistic process first hand, showcase the variety of fine art available in the local area, and create a sense of community among area artists. This unique and popular Denton County art event has provided art education in a neighborhood setting for thousands of people since its inception.
In 2007, Tour artists , strengthened their commitment to the community by forming an unincorporated non-profit association; the Cross Timbers Artists Guild to encourage an interest in and an appreciation for the creative processes, materials and ideas related to the visual arts. The Guild hopes that through its activities it will inspire students and adults to pursue the visual arts as careers and hobbies, and to increase public awareness that art thrives in area neighborhoods.
In addition to hosting the studio tour each November, the guild maintained an art gallery showcasing members work at the Shops of Highland Village from 2009 to 2011 and continues to participate in several local exhibitions annually.
Since the first tour in 2002, the organization has grown from 6 artists to 20 and encourages membership from a wide range of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, furniture and mosaics.