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

Alessandro Morosani
Northfield
Jewelry, Sculpture (sterling silver)
860-459-0725
 

 

 
Joan Morosani
Northfield
painting
860-309-2400

 

 

Alex Bouteneff
East Litchfield
Kaleidoscopes Creator
860-9893
 


 

Joe Yeno
East Litchfield
Ink Drawing
860-614-2012

 

 

Trisha Haulenbeek
Northfield
Painting (pastels & watercolors)
860-283-1025

 

     

Jill Imse
East Litchfield
Painting
860-618-2816
860-916-9259
 

 

 

Arif Djan
Litchfield
Painting
860-806-8296

 

 

Carol T. Moore
Bantam
Painting, Ceramics
860-567-0618
860-671-0367

 


Jessica Jane Russell
Bantam
Installation Art, Painting
860-201-7767


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.


Cynthia Zinser
Bantam
Painting
917-361-4023

 


Elise Mills
Bantam
Painting

 

 

Bantam Tile Works
Bantam
Ceramics
860-361-9306

 

 

Susan Wakeen
Litchfield
Sculpture & Painting
860-567-5402


 

Jill Davenport
Litchfield
Photography
860-459-0366
 

 

 

Anne Marie Papineau
Litchfield
Pastels and Painted Glassware
860-806-1291

 

   

Albert Coffill
Painting
860-459-2087

 

 

Amber Maida
Litchfield
Painting, Mixed Media
203-278-3434

 

 

Jennifer Sabella
Litchfield
Painting, Sculpture
203-979-3186
   

   


Richard Heyes
Litchfield
Woodwork
860-806-8322

 

 

Suzan Scott
Litchfield
Painting
860-626-3195
 

 


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.

For information about Open Your Eyes Studio Tour go to openyoureyestour.org or contact the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council at 860-618-0075 or maggie@artsnwct.org.