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.

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Martha Link Walsh

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Martha Link Walsh will introduce her new book, A Paper-Cut Christmas: The Twelve Days of Christmas, at her gallery on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Join her for this special evening to celebrate the release of her second book and the start of the holiday season. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday traditions may vary among cultures and generations, but the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has lasted the test of time through both. Its unwritten origins and references to mythology and pagan beliefs, together with the intriguing meanings given by Christians, add to the enduring magic of this Christmas classic. For this second book in the Paper-Cut Christmas series, Martha was inspired to create two interpretive styles. Representing the traditional style, cut-from-one-piece white and red images illustrate the verses as we know them today. The layers-of-color collages, in the manner of Henri Matisse, connect to the ancient origins of this carol. The spirit of the season is captured by these paper-cuttings and, together with the text, add new dimension to this memory song.

A self-taught artist, Martha has maintained a gallery in Branford for 40 years, selling her original creations and one-of-a-kind paper-cut family heirlooms. Each is designed to tell a story – a birth, a wedding, a retirement, a celebration – in paper-cut images and symbols that capture memories for years to come. Her first book, A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver, was published in 2013.

The Martha Link Walsh Gallery is located at 188 North Main Street in Branford, Connecticut. For more information, contact Martha at (203) 481-3505, or marthalinkwalsh@comcast.net.

Thank you Shoreline ArtsTrail 2015 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!

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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

Margaret B. Dean, Painter

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MARTHA LINK WALSH GALLERY
Margaret B. Dean
Painter
188 North Main St (Rt1), Branford
203 494-0104
margaretbdeanstudio@comcast.net
margaretbdean.com

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

Jayne Crowley, Stained Glass Artist

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Jayne Crowley
Stained Glass Artist
696 Main St, Branford
203 481-0408
jcartglass@yahoo.com
jcartglass.com

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s #3 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.

Anne Coffey, Painter

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COFFEY STUDIO
Anne Coffey
Painter
12 Hill St, Branford
203 488-4576
acoffey30@sbcglobal.net

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s #1 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.


Christine Chiocchio, Painter/Photographer

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CHIOCCHIO STUDIO
Christine Chiocchio
Painter/Photographer
161 Thimble Islands Rd, Branford
203 481-1177
christine@christinechiocchio.com
christinechiocchio.com

Visit her studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 21 & 22.
She’s #12 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail Map.