What are you doing THIS weekend?

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What are you doing THIS weekend? Visit the private studios of 42 local artists during the Shoreline Arts Trails 2014 Open Studios Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm along the Connecticut Shoreline.

Artists from Branford, Guilford, and Madison participate in this juried, two-day event, presenting works in cut paper, fiber, found objects, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paint, photography, pottery, print making, sculpture, textiles and more. Open Studios Weekend is free and open to the public, and there’s something for everyone!

  • Make it a family event! Open Studios Weekend is an excellent way for children to learn about art up-close: watch a potter’s wheel in action, see an artist’s studio in person, learn how everyday objects become amazing pieces of art, and much more! Before you head out for the weekend, be sure to download a copy of the Family Activities Sheet from the Shoreline ArtsTrail website. It includes projects for the whole family, great ideas for looking at art together, an article on the benefits of arts for kids, and more!
  • Enjoy a couple’s weekend! How often do you say “we need to get away for the weekend.” Well here’s your chance. The Connecticut shoreline is the perfect destination, and Open Studios Weekend gives you a chance to explore the area a little more intimately. Visit the studios of local artists, spend time together along scenic back roads with panoramic views, enjoy lunch or dinner at the sponsor restaurants, and book an overnight stay at one of the two featured accommodations.
  • Plan a girls’ get-away! There are 32 places to shop, 5 great restaurants, 2 beautiful overnight accommodations, and 3 towns to explore during this two-day art event. Sounds like the makings of a great Girls’ Weekend. Pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail Map, plot your course, then set sail for a fun weekend with friends. A regular Open Studios visitor says, “I come in from Massachusetts for the weekend, and look forward to exploring the studios, finding great new pieces of art to take home, and spending time with friends over drinks and good food. It’s too much fun to miss!”
  • Meet-up with other arts enthusiasts! Looking to spend the weekend with some like-minded people? Watch for announcements by local Meetup Groups, including Fun Frugal Events, which is coordinating a Meetup event for Open Studios Weekend.
  • Start your holiday shopping! Scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving, Open Studios Weekend gives you a head start on your holiday shopping. You’ll find different types of art in a range of price points for any budget, all locally made. Plus, many of the studios are only open several times a year, so this is a great chance to find unique treasures. Do you like to think outside of the box when it comes to gift-giving? Then save the date for Open Studios Weekend!

The Shoreline ArtsTrail’s Open Studios Weekend is presented in collaboration with Guilford Art Center, and supported by local sponsors including Branford’s HOME, Luckey ReDo, Tommy Sullivans, and Words by Jen; Guilford’s Mix Design Store; and Madison’s Friends & Company, Tidewater Inn, and Wall Street Gallery.

Enhancing the weekend’s experience are local Lodge and Dine Partners offering special deals for ArtsTrail visitors. Click here to download a copy of the Weekend’s Special Offers!

Now in its 13th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail and Open Studios Weekend is a great way explore the shoreline’s arts community. Enjoy refreshments while you watch demonstrations and ask questions, meet the artists one-on-one and explore their studios, see new and amazing art, get a head start on your holiday shopping and much more. So, save the date and make it a weekend event with your friends or family!

During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information about events, discount offers and participating artists, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map, available in libraries, town halls, Connecticut welcome centers, and visitors’ centers in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at the Guilford Art Center and the various studios. Contact Martha Link Walsh at (203) 481-3505 or visit www.shorelineartstrail.com, and its companion blog or Facebook page, for more information.

Anne Coffey: With Time Comes Art

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“What a joy!” says artist Anne Coffey of the opportunity to spend her days painting. You can see what she means when you check out her work during Open Studios Weekend. She’s number one on your ArtsTrail map this year!

Anne is a former teacher, who frequently took painting classes to offset her left-brain world of high school math and computer science. She especially enjoyed watercolor, but as she explains, “teaching is very demanding and leaves little time for other pursuits.”

It wasn’t until Anne retired several years ago that she was able to focus on her interest more fully. “One of the huge rewards of retirement,” she says, “is the availability of time to spend on things we love, like creating art.”

“As I paint, I am thinking of space and shapes,” Anne explains, “but I rather like the fact that I am never at any time quite certain what the end result is going to look like!”

“I love line — the feeling of a pen in my hand, the thin and thick marks, the sound the pen makes as it moves across the paper.”

“I love color — the interactions of the paint, the feelings color evokes, the movement of the paint on the paper — the freshness, the spontaneity, the happy accidents.”

“As I paint, I am thinking of space and shapes but I rather like the fact that I am never at any time quite certain what the end result is going to look like!”

Now is your chance to find out! Visit Anne’s studio during Open Studio Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. For more information, visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen

Lorraine Lewin: Capturing Imagination

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One gallery featured on Guilford painter Lorraine Lewin’s website is called “Dreamscapes.” It features ebullient images of far-away places and wondrous characters. But if you stop by her studio during Open Studios weekend, number 18 on your ArtsTrail map, I think you’ll find that a great deal of Lorraine’s work captures the essence of dreams.

Light dances across the canvas in Lorraine’s paintings — it swirls in the clouds, across ocean waves, and up through the branches of trees. It sits quietly on a front porch, and walks along a sidewalk. It twists its way through the shaggy fur of a best friend and in the festive crown of a cake.

These are the kinds of paintings that make you wander off for a while — to the beach, to a country road, to a star-lit night, to a distant shore. These are many of the places Lorraine finds inspiration, actually.

“As I am out and about, I find my greatest happy when the grand gala of nature appears,” she explains. “Gestures of the trees, patterns on the water, unusual light conditions and visual surprises compel me to grab my paints and brushes!”

She says her intention as an artist is “to capture all of that but somehow capture the unseen winds of change and transformation as well.”

“If I am successful my work offers the viewer a moment of pause, a nice deep breath and elevation of the spirit.”

Born in New York City, Lorraine studied painting and drawing SUNY Cortland as a studio art major, and went on to study graphic design and photography at School of Visual Arts, NYC. More recently, she enjoyed an artist-in-residency at Nantucket School of Design and Art, and continues to study with the Brush and Palette Club in New Haven.

Lorraine teaches classes in her studio, including a series of Creative Journey Classes. The focus, she says, is to “develop the power of imagination.”

There’s a magic in that statement that comes to life in Lorraine’s paintings — see for yourself on when you visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. For more information, visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen

Estelle Nussbaum: Considering the Ordinary

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“I like to think of myself as a holistic painter of sorts,” says Guilford artist Estelle Nussbaum. “By holistic, I mean looking at the whole. The notion of foreground, for example, would not exist if there was no background and vice versa. I consider the totality or the context as much as I do the subject matter.”

Consider this for context: Estelle is a lifelong artist. She earned an MFA degree in painting from Yale University School of Art, and has an impressive history of exhibitions in New York City and Philadelphia, as well as in Connecticut.

Estelle is a new member of the Shoreline ArtsTrail, and we are privileged to have her join us this year. Be sure to visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend. It’s number 21 on your ArtsTrail map.

The work you will see represents an ongoing dialogue between the artist and her subject matter that began in the early 1980s. Starting with Utilitarian Iconography whose subject matter was an ironing board and an iron, and moving through her Shelton Canal Series and more recent work, Estelle has always concerned herself with “the dailiness, the accessibility, and the pure utility of her subject matter.”

Often working in series, there is an almost obsessive nature to Nussbaum’s work — addressing the subject matter from multiple points of view, in various contexts and confines. “That which is not conveyed visually on the first go ‘round will be more fully explored in a subsequent piece and so on,” she explains, “so that the viewer is left to think about that which is often overlooked.”

It is in that consideration of the ordinary — tissues, a brush and comb, rooftops — that her subject matter begins to take on a life of its own. And that is the beauty of her work. Nussbaum narrates the process of discovery — “of moving across, down and around a form, truly getting to know it” — and in doing so, tells the story of objects we might not otherwise acknowledge.

“I take nothing for granted,” she says. “Seeing how something connects with or what its place is in reference to everything else around it and finding ways to express this is for me the essence of painting.”

You can see some of Nussbaum’s work on her website, but this is a wonderful opportunity to see the process of an artist up close, so be sure to visit Nussbaum’s studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. For more information, visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen

Laurie Douglas: What Lies Beneath

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We wake sometimes to pieces of memory, to brief images of the night’s thoughts and dreams. Often, their sharp details fade quickly, but if we hold onto their essence, we might find we see them again in the artwork of painter and mixed media artist Laurie Douglas. Capturing the “what lies beneath the surface,” She’s number 23 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail map.

Laurie creates paintings and mixed media works that are about color, landscape, and impressions of the natural world. To do so, she employs many layers of paint, texture and drawings — reinterpreting organic forms through the dual lenses of imagination and memory.

Her inspiration, she says, come from “glimpses of the mystery at the deep heart’s core.”

Currently, Laurie is working on a series of small pieces in encaustic (pigment permanently burned into wax). “I love learning more and more about this medium,” she offers. “There’s a tightrope walk of fusing layers of translucent, pigmented wax with heat, adding and subtracting painted surface and collaged elements. It’s fun and exciting. It also reflects my preoccupation with layers of meaning, with discovering those layers in both artwork and life. I see each piece as a poem, or an attempt at prayer.”

In addition to her encaustic work, Laurie is also working on a related group of mid-size color field paintings in oil.

“I am fascinated by geological and floral imagery,” she says, “By farmers’ fields and crop circles, and by pictures of night skies and deep space.” These recent paintings also reflect a love for textile art, with many pieces making use of fabric and wallpapers in their overall design.

Layers of meaning, layers of intention. To find out what lies beneath, be sure to visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. For more information, visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen

Thank you 2014 Shoreline ArtsTrail Sponsors and Partners!

Now its 13th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail is very grateful to its Community Sponsors and Lodge & Dine Partners. These local businesses support our efforts and the Open Studios Weekend event on November 22-23, 2014. We hope you’ll support them in return!

COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Friends & Company
11 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-0462
friendsandcompanyrestaurant.com

Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
GuilfordCT
203-453-5947
guilfordartcenter.org

Home Restaurant
1114 Main Street
Branford, CT
203-483-5896
homerestaurantct.com

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Luckey ReDo, LLC
Owen Sea Luckey
181 Main Street, Branford, CT
203-623-6792
luckeyredo.com

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Mix Design Store
29 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437
203 453-0202
mixdesignstore.com

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Tidewater Inn
949 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-8457
thetidewater.com

Tommy Sullivan’s Cafe
240 North Main Street
Branford, CT
203-488-8454
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Wall Street Gallery
91 Wall Street (Corner of Bradley)
Madison, CT
203-245-2912
ExtremeFraming.com

Words by Jen
Branford, CT
203-483-5353
afewwords.com


LODGE & DINE PARTNERS
Download Open Studios Weekend Deals

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Bufalina
1070 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT
203-458-1377
www.bufalinact.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: $5 off a Bufalina pizza during Open Studios Weekend


Friends & Company
11 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-0462
friendsandcompanyrestaurant.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: $7 Off Lunch, Dinner or Brunch


Home
1114 Main Street
Branford, CT
203-483-5896
www.homerestaurantct.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: Get One FREE Glass of House Wine with Lunch or Dinner


The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast
2 Paynes Point
Branford, CT
203-481-5207
www.kelseyhousebb.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: 20% OFF Rooms with Any Two-Night Stay for Open Studios Weekend


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La Rosticceria
Debbie Greco
500 Village Walk, Guilford, CT
203-458-8885
www.guilfordtakeout.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: Free Cookie with Purchase of Sandwich (One per customer. Saturday, November 22 only.)


Tidewater Inn
949 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
203-245-8457
www.thetidewater.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: 12% Off Any 2-night Stay during Open Studios Weekend


Tommy Sullivan’s Cafe
240 North Main Street
Branford, CT
203-488-8454
www.facebook.com/TommySullivansCafe

*SPECIAL OFFER: One Free Drink with Lunch or Dinner


Wall Street Gallery
91 Wall Street (Corner of Bradley)
Madison, CT
203-245-2912
ExtremeFraming.com

*SPECIAL OFFER: 20% Off Given to SAT Patrons with Brochure


OFFERS VALID DURING OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND ONLY, November 22-23, 2014. Please present your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map brochure.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen

Kathleen Hoskins: Time for Art-Making

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For many of us, the artist within bides its time, waiting for other life priorities to have their moments on stage. We establish careers, nurture families, and attend to responsibilities, making time as we can for our creativity. And then there is a moment. A moment when we understand that it is time to be an artist—full time and full focus.

Such is the case for Guilford artist Kathleen Hoskins, who recently moved to the Connecticut shoreline from Texas, and is embracing her artist within with much enthusiasm. See for yourself when you visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend. A new Shoreline ArtsTrail member, she’s number 25 on your event map.

“I recently retired from a wonderful 25-year career of teaching drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at Jesuit College Prep School of Dallas,” says Kathleen.

“I managed to make my own marks over these many years but in a very limited capacity because of the time and energy required as a full time teacher and department chair.”

Over the years, Kathleen’s work has appeared in a number of exhibits in Texas including Dallas 500 ArtFest, Cottonwood Arts Festival (Richardson), Fiesta Art Festival (San Antonio) and the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kathleen earned her M.S. in supervision and administration with a focus on the Visual Arts
from Parsons School of Design and Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She earned her MFA in fiber, art history, and photography from Texas Woman’s University, building on a BFA in general design from the University of Kansas. Since 1985, her teaching career has led her to positions at Texas Woman’s University (Denton), Collin County College (Plano), and as both an Art Instructor and the Fine Arts Department Chair at Jesuit College Prep School (Dallas).

Despite the demands of her academic career, Kathleen never abandoned her own creative nature. “I would often travel to interesting places during breaks to attend workshops which helped keep the artist in me alive and well while teaching,” she explains.

She’s had the benefit of working with a number of inspirational instructors over the years, including painter Janette Pasin Sloan (Colorado), landscape artist Phyllis Shafer (Nevada), printmaker Kathy Carracio (Italy), and bookmaker Katherine Case (Nevada).

And while she has done limited commissioned work in painting and printmaking since 2005, Kathleen is ready to be full-focus. “I have always loved all forms of printmaking and especially monotype because it allows me the opportunity to combine the freedom of painting and the multiplicity offered by the press to create interesting series from a single plate.”

Kathleen has been busy preparing for her debut on the Shoreline ArtsTrail since the spring, and we’re excited to see her new work and visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014.

Click here to read more Shoreline Arts Trail member artist profiles.

- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen