7th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2016
25 Artists’ Studios in Litchfield and Thomaston, CT
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
Jewelry, Sculpture (sterling silver)
Painting (pastels & watercolors)
Carol T. Moore
Jessica Jane Russell
Installation Art, Painting
This weekend I have been testing the concept that everyone is an artist,
if given the opportunity to tap into the kind of creativity that comes
naturally to us as young children. Our fearlessness and experimentation
with learning - especially with art materials- is something we lose touch with
as we be come more self-conscious. To paraphrase Sir Kenneth Robinson,
our natural ability to find our creative inner compass is often educated out of us.
The Art Room will be an open-format, distraction-free space for painting-play.
Bantam Tile Works
Sculpture & Painting
Anne Marie Papineau
Pastels and Painted Glassware
Painting, Mixed Media
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council presented the seventh annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour on June 25 and 26, 2016 in the towns of Litchfield and Thomaston, CT. The 2016 tour featured more than 25 artists who have their studios in those towns. Participating visual artists and artisans opened their creative spaces and shared their processes to the public during the days of the tour. Free packets included a map, directions sheets, suggested itineraries and convenient sign-in stickers.
This year’s tour artists included painters, photographers, sculptors, multi-media artists, ceramicists, textile artists, jewelers, illustrators, and woodworkers. The artists and artisans were Albert Coffill, the artists at Bantam Tile Works, Alex Bouteneff, Doreen Breen, Will Cummings, Jill Davenport, Arif Djan, Claudia Duhamel, Trisha Haulenbeek, Richard Heys, Jill Imse, Amber Maida, Robin McCahill, the artists at Mindscape Industries, Carol T. Moore, Joan Morosani, Alessandro Morosani, Anne Marie Papineau, Jessica Jane Russell, Jennifer Sabella, Suzan Scott, the Ten-to-1 Artists, Susan Wakeen, Joe Yeno, and Cynthia Zinser.
Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. In recent years the event has seen over 800 visitors, with many returning annually. The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work.
“This event gives the visitor an up-close experience to see how and where the artists do their work. The Arts Council knows that when the public learns first-hand from the artist about what is involved with the making of a work and the ‘story’ behind it, a deeper connection and involvement with the art work happens. In addition, people going on the Open Your Eyes Studio Tour will discover truly beautiful sections of our region that they might not otherwise find,” said Amy Wynn, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s executive director.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the arts and cultural resources of northwestern Connecticut. The Council considers arts and culture to be integral contributors to the quality of life in the region. The Council focuses on assisting artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, informing the public, and giving access to the arts across the region.
The 25-town region served by the Arts Council includes Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Roxbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.