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Save the First Weekend in November to visit 100 Local Artists
17th Annual Open Studio Weekend Has a NEW DATE, New Locations & a Themed Group Reception

For 17 years between 60 to100 artists have been meeting the public and displaying their art in locations throughout the Hartford region all at the same time, and twice a year.  Traditionally the event has been held the first weekend in December and the first weekend in May.  This year, the event’s producers have decided to try a new approach to the event; they have changed the weekend to once a year and are holding it the first weekend in November.  The event draws its attendees from all over Connecticut, including places such as Marlborough, Voluntown, West Hartford, Avon, Colchester, Glastonbury, Simsbury, Canton, Old Lyme, and Wethersfield.
“We polled the artists and found that many of them wanted to try to have the event in November,” said Tom Nieman, Chair of Artists in Real Time, the organization that produces the event.  “It is mainly due to historical weather restraints, and to give the public an earlier start in their holiday shopping.  There will be many great pieces of art for sale, so mark your calendars and join us Saturday and Sunday November 4th and 5th!”

Besides changing the event date, a new Event Coordinator has been hired to help expand the event.  Her name is Chi LaBossiere and she is the President of Chi Consulting LLC, located in Marlborough.

“I work with clients that I feel passionate about helping,” said Chi LaBossiere.  “Open Studio Weekend in Hartford is an event that I have been involved with over the past six years either as an artist, a volunteer, or as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.  This year, as the coordinator, I have been able to expand the event to 13 locations and to have more artists then it has had in years…nearly 100!”

Open Studio Weekend in Hartford starts off with a public reception and group show at the ArtSpace Gallery at 555 Asylum Street in Hartford, on Thursday November 2nd from 6-8:00 p.m..  The group show features one piece from each artist and gives specific information on how to find those artists.  The show is a festive reception where artists and art patrons meet and celebrate art.  For the first time in the history of the event, the show will have a theme called “It’s about Time.”

“We’re asking artists to interpret the theme in any medium and any style,” said Tom Nieman.  “We have a wide range of interpretations from dance, spoken word, paintings, jewelry, pottery and photographs.  We’re also asking attendees to vote on three art awards and will present the winners with gift certificates to Jerry’s Artarama.”

The reception food is provided by local restaurants, beverages are donated by Hosmer Mountain Soda, and floral arrangements are donated by The Root System.  Wait staff in black and white outfits, live jazz music from “The Noise From the Box” and dance performances will add to the fun and excitement of the evening.

“I am really excited by how many local companies are supporting this event,” said Chi LaBossiere.  “It really goes to show just how many people from all over think that art is a worthy element in our lives.  Thank you to everyone who is donating to make this event happen!”

The Open Studio Weekend in Hartford event will continue on Saturday November 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday November 5th during the same hours.  This year’s 13 locations include the new apartment building in downtown called HARTFORD 21, the Institute for Community Research, ArtSpace Hartford, 130 Washington Street, 8 Fern Street, 11 Whitney Gallery, 84 Barker Street, 69 Myrtle ST C2, 635 Farmington Ave, 30 Arbor Street, 56 Arbor Street, 17 Oakwood Ave. in West Hartford and 182 Broad Street, in Wethersfield.   At all these locations artists will open their studios, or will set up displays in participating locations, to share their creativity with the public.

Live musicians and dancers will perform throughout the weekend at ArtSpace Gallery.  The first floor of ArtSpace will showcase artwork from Hartford public school children.  For the first time, Union Station is sponsoring parking for the public directly across the street at the train station.  Parking tickets will be reduced from $12 to only $5 per car for the entire day.  Attendees need to validate their parking tickets inside ArtSpace Hartford with event volunteers.

“This is an event that you should come to,” said Chi LaBossiere. “It is about enriching our community through sharing artwork.  We have some artists that are seasoned professionals and others that are just starting out.  The wide range of talent, styles and mediums is absolutely inspiring.  I encourage all of you to come to this event and meet these amazing local artists.”

For more information on Open Studio Weekend in Hartford visit www.open-studio.com or call Chi LaBossiere 860-295-0433. 

For more information on the nonprofit organization producing this event, visit www.artistsinrealtime.org.  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.