Call to Artists: Shoreline ArtsTrail 2016

SAT-Logo16-Arts The Shoreline ArtsTrail announces its 15th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 19 and 20, 2016. Approximately 40 member artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford, and Madison show and sell their work during the weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. Artists working in media such as pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper, and wood are invited to apply to this event. Member artists are asked to demonstrate, answer questions, and open their studios for the entire weekend to the public. During the Open Studios Weekend, the distinctive yellow “Open Studio” signs are placed to point visitors in the right direction. The Shoreline ArtsTrail is an artist-run organization and all members are required to volunteer. If you do not have a studio, there are studio-sharing options.

Benefits: inclusion on ArtsTrail map and website (www.shorelineartstrail.com); a feature article on our blog; state-wide publicity via print and online media; brochure/maps distributed to libraries, town halls and visitors’ centers and available for personal use; and year-round marketing, networking, and social media opportunities.

Jurying will take place in March and artists will be notified the week of March 21, 2016.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY!

Application fee: $10. Deadline for application: March 15, 2016. Dues: $275 and all members must join the Guilford Art Center for $35. For more information, see Call to Artists at www.shorelineartstrail.com, or contact Steve Plaziak (steve@plaziak.com, 203-530-3330).

IT’S OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND!

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Shoreline ArtsTrail: 2015 Open Studios Weekend
Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 10am-4pm

It’s handmade! It’s art! And it’s local! As a matter of fact, the Shoreline Arts Trail’s 14th annual Open Studios Weekend happens right in your backyard — at 31 studios in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut. Held this weekend – Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 – the ArtsTrail is supported by 39 shoreline artists and 12 local business sponsors, as well as the Guilford Art Center and Zip06.

This juried event gathers some of the finest, award-winning artists on the shoreline whose work must reflect mastery of methods and materials, originality of concept, and be handmade by the artist in his/her studio.

What you’ll find…one-of-a-kind, quality-made items in a wide range of media including jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles.

What you’ll experience…a chance to talk one-on-one with artists and explore their studios as you weave your way around 50 miles of scenic shoreline.

What you’ll do…support local artists and the shoreline economy by supporting our arts community, purchasing great art made right here in Connecticut, and visiting our sponsors which include unique shops, renowned restaurants and picturesque inns.

This year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail welcomes three new member artists: painter and jeweler Laurie Flaherty (Guilford), and painters 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, Laura C. Lyons, Megan Mangum, 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.

Our 2015 Sponsors include DaSilva Gallery, Luckey Redo, Home Restaurant, Tommy Sullivan’s Café, Guilford Art Center, Greene Art Gallery, Mix Design Store, Flutterby, Friends & Company Restaurant, Wall Street Gallery, Madison Wool, Tidewater Inn, Words by Jen, and Zip06.

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. With the invaluable support of the Guilford Art Center and participating Open Studio artists, the ArtsTrail received the 2007 Compass Award for Excellence in Partnership from the Greater New Haven Visitors’ Bureau. Now in its 14th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail is a collaborative effort that includes hundreds of volunteer hours from member artists, an ongoing partnership with the Guilford Art Center, and the support of numerous community sponsors.

During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information, 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 Facebook page, for more information.

Diane Wright, Fiber Artist

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WILDWOOD FARM
Diane Wright
Fiber Artist
55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison
203 453-8742
dwrite@mac.com
dianewrightquilts.blogspot.com


Visit Wildwood Farm during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
It’s #29 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.


Sid Werthan, Sculptor and Photographer

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THE METAL WAY STUDIO
Sid Werthan
Sculptor and Photographer
83 School Ground Rd, Branford
203 530-1012
rustymetal9@yahoo.com
metal-way.net


Visit his studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
He’s #10 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.


Martha Link Walsh, Cut Paper Artist

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MARTHA LINK WALSH GALLERY
Martha Link Walsh
Cut Paper Artist
188 North Main St (Rt1), Branford
203 481-3505
marthalinkwalsh@gmail.com
marthalinkwalsh.com


Visit the Martha Link Walsh Gallery during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
It’s #5 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.


G. Scott Tabar, Goldsmith

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TABAR DESIGNS
G. Scott Tabar
Goldsmith
71 Whitfield St, Guilford
203 453-8868
gstabar@mac.com
tabardesigns.com


Visit his studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
He’s #20 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.


Support These Shoreline ArtsTrail Sponsors

The Shoreline ArtsTrail is very grateful to its Sponsors. These local businesses support our efforts and the Open Studios Weekend event on November 21-22, 2015. We hope you’ll support them in return!

GAC

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street, Guilford
203 453-5947
guilfordartcenter.org

ZIP06

SPONSORED IN PART BY
Zip06
724 Boston Post Road, Suit202, Madison
203 245-1877
zip06.com

SPONSORS

DaSilva Gallery
2496 Boston Post Road, Guilford
203 533-5812
dasilvagalleryguilford.com

Flutterby
55 Whitfield Street, Guilford
203 458-1941
flutterby-ct.com

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

Greene Art Gallery
29 Whitfield Street, Guilford
203 453-4162
greeneartgallery.com

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

Luckey Redo LLC
181 Main Street, Branford
203 623-6792
Luckeyredo.com 


Madison Wool
56A Wall Street, Madison
203 245-5921
madisonwool.com

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

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

Tommy Sullivan’s Cafe
240 North Main Street, Branford
203 488-8454
Tommy Sullivan’s on Facebook

Wall Street Gallery
91 Wall Street, Madison
203 245-2912
extremeframing.com

Words by Jen
203 483-5353
wordsbyjen.com