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.

Shoreline ArtsTrail Preview Exhibit at Wall Street Gallery

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Join the Shoreline ArtsTrail for the Opening Reception of the Shoreline ArtsTrail Preview Exhibit at Wall Street Gallery, 91 Wall Street, in Madison on Friday, November 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. The show will run from November 1 – November 24, and features Shoreline ArtsTrail member artists Richard Carleton, Alice Chittenden, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Laurie Flaherty, Carol Grave, Anita Griffith, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, Sharon Hosely, Dayna Mankowski, Robert Parrott, Pat Rist, Marjorie Sopkin, and Sandra Spahr. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Wall Street Gallery is a longtime supporter of the Shoreline ArtsTrail, one of its regular sponsors, and host of this special preview event for many years. Celebrating handmade art by local artists, the Shoreline Arts Trail’s 14th annual Open Studios Weekend features 31 studios in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut on 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.

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 for more information.

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

Alice Chittenden, Potter

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WILDWOOD FARM
Alice Chittenden
Potter
55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison
203 640-1325
chittenden.alice@gmail.com

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


SAVE THE DATE: Open Studios Weekend!

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Shoreline ArtsTrail: 2015 Open Studios Weekend
Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22

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 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.

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.

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 companion blog or Facebook page, for more information.

Visit Laura Lyons at Craft Expo 2015

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Shoreline ArtsTrail member Laura Lyons is one of 180 exhibitors at the Guilford Art Center CRAFT EXPO 2015. Be sure to visit her booth (PO3) July 17, 18, and 19.

Laura Lyons, Fiber Artist
Wildwood Farm
55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison
203 245-9786
lauraclyons1@gmail.com
etsy.com/shop/lauraclyons

The Shoreline ArtsTrail’s Open Studios Weekend is presented annually in collaboration with the Guilford Arts Center.

Madison Wool Celebrates its 4th Anniversary

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Featuring Pottery by Anita Griffith and Robert Parrott of Madison
Sunday, May 31, 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Shoreline ArtsTrail member Dayna Mankowski is celebrating the 4-Year Anniversary of her shop Madison Wool on Sunday, May 31 from 12:00PM – 5:00PM.

Joining her in the celebration are fellow SAT members Anita Griffith and Bob Parrott who will present an outdoor Trunk Show featuring their amazing pottery.

Anita and Bob wrote about the CT River Clay that is used in these pots:

About 25 years ago, Bob and Anita were visiting the Kane brickyard in Middletown, hoping to stumble onto a chance to watch a firing of the scove kiln, the intense heating of massive piles of red bricks the Kane brick factory was known to produce. The owner informed them the brick yard was closing the next day, and offered the potters all the clay from their gigantic pug mill that could be hauled away before closing time. Four van loads later, after hours of scraping and digging the clay out of the towering processing machine, they wondered, “Is this the most expensive “free” clay we’ve ever been offered?” But, they liked the idea of using the materials from such a historic place in Connecticut. The Kane bricks, once fired, had been graded by color and hardness. The clay was dug right out of the Connecticut River behind the brick yard. The potters decided this clay from the river presented an opportunity for adventure and creativity.

The clay is rugged, still filled with stones from the river and chunks of broken up fired brick. This forces the potters hands to respond to the material in a very spontaneous way, the result being pottery with a rustic flair.

It was important to try to use the clay just as it came out of the Kane clay mixer, and so no further sieving or cleaning of the clay was done in the potters’ studio. The stones, pieces of brick, and other slight imperfections in the surface of the pots are evidence of the origin of the clay.

In our kiln, firing is specially controlled to withhold some of the oxygen from the gas flames at the end of the firing, producing flashing of deep reds to gray and black, which is reminiscent of the way Kane bricks might look after the long firings at the brickyard.

Anita will be making special one of a kind yarn bowls just for us, and will have her Majolica pottery for sale as well. Bring your knitting or your spinning wheel, it is sure to be a fun day outdoors!

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see www.madisonwool.com.