The Shoreline ArtsTrail is pleased to announce the launch of its 14th season! Each November, artists from Branford, Guilford and Madison work together to present a two-day Open Studios event the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year, on November 21 and 22, you’ll find 39 artists along the trail, including new members Laurie Flaherty (Guilford), Megan Mangum (Branford), Linda McCarthy (Branford), and Suzanne Siegel (Guilford).
Returning to the ArtsTrail are artists Terry Bogan, Richard Carleton, Lisa Carlin, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Jayne Crowley, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Eileen Eder, Susan Gillie, Carol Grave, Anita K. Griffith, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, B. Joan Hickey, Sharon Hosley, Phyllis Lynch, Laura C. Lyons, Dayna Mankowski, Molly S. McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Jane Strauss Novick, Estelle Nussbaum, Robert Parrott, Steve Plaziak, Leslie Prodis, Pat Rist, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Marjorie Sopkin, Sandra Spahr, Catherine Steinberg, G. Scott Tabar, Martha Link Walsh, Sid Werthan, and Diane Wright.
The Shoreline Arts Trail is presented in collaboration with Guilford Art Center, and is sponsored in part by Zip06, Flutterby, Friends & Company Restaurant, Greene Art Gallery, Home Restaurant, Luckey Redo LLC, Madison Wool, Mix Design Store, Tidewater Inn, Tommy Sullivan’s Cafe, Wall Street Gallery, and Words by Jen.
The Shoreline ArtsTrail was started in 2002 by a small group of shoreline artists. Their intent was to create an annual open studios event to allow local residents and weekend visitors to interact with artists and experience the creative process first-hand. Three years later, grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison, dramatically accelerated the project. The number of artists almost doubled, as did the types of media, which now includes jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. The combined efforts of all parties led to the ArtsTrail receiving the Compass Award for Excellence in Partnership in 2007 from the Greater New Haven Visitors’ Bureau.
During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and details, copies of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map will be available in September at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery (Branford), Madison Wool (Madison), and The Guilford Art Center, as well as libraries, town halls, visitors’ centers and members’ studios. Contact Martha Link Walsh at (203) 481-3505 or visit http://www.shorelineartstrail.com, and its Facebook page, for more information.
Photo by Shoreline ArtsTrail member Christine Chiocchio.