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Hartford’s Best Regional Artist Open Studios Event!

This year’s Open Studio Weekend in Hartford was a huge success! Over 800 attendees enjoyed the opening reception, and thousands flocked to visit over 115 artists and experience 23 live performances during the November 3 & 4 weekend.

The 18th Annual Open Studio Weekend in Hartford was honored by the Honorable Mayor Eddie A. Perez, who presented the event with a proclamation and declared November 1, 2008 to be Open Studio Weekend Day!

Open Studio Event
Tom Nieman, Artist in Real Time Chair; Mayor Eddie Perez; Jeff Shoham, Owner Jerry’s Artarama and A.R.T. Board Member, Chi LaBossiere Open Studio Weekend Event Coordinator

The opening reception had 4 live performances including spoken word, belly dancing, and live jazz music from “the Noise From The Box.” Reception was provided by Belly Laughs Catering, a Food Network recipe contestant, and several local restaurants. Reduced parking was provided by the Greater Hartford Transit District.

For more information on Open Studio Weekend in Hartford visit or call the event coordinator, Chi LaBossiere of Chi Consulting LLC at 860-295-0433.

Open Studio Event
How Do You Play? Opening Reception Performance

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Matt Nozzolio, Weekend Performer

Open Studio Event
Loukoum, Weekend Performer

For more information on the nonprofit organization producing this event, visit  Artists in Real Time, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the enterprise, business expertise, technical resources, and public awareness of visual artists - primarily in greater Hartford - through events, programs, and partnerships with other artists, individuals, and private and public organizations.