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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Open studios this weekend at American Fabric Arts Building in Bridgeport

American Fabric Arts Building
1069 Connecticut Ave., Bldg 4, Bridgeport, (203) 451-5011
Open Studios
Nov. 13—14, 2010, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Press release

The American Fabrics Arts Building in Bridgeport will open it’s doors to the public for an Open Studios event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13—14, from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

The event, now in it’s fifth year, will showcase more than 27 artists in their studios. Last year the event attracted more than 500 art lovers, young and old alike, to meet the artists in their studios.

Each studio reflects the artist’s personal style and is where the creative process happens. AFA has a diverse group of artists. Many practice what you would expect: painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, jewelry, quilting and ceramics. But you can also learn how Neil Pabian, a woodturner, crafts his custom writing instruments, how Trunket manufactures specialty iphone skins, how Emily Larned uses her vintage letterpress for printing and her husband, Chris Ruggerio makes handmade audio equipment, or how Debra Crichton adheres artwork to her retro style handbags. All will share their techniques and process, while offering work for sale.

In a few studios, demonstrations will be happening throughout the weekend. Kevin Ford will be making his signature drawings with a bb gun. The Cotton Press will be demonstrating t-shirt/textile screen-printing as well as machine knitting, and Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong will be throwing pots in her ceramic studio.

This year, sure to draw a crowd is the AFA Free Art Raffle. In exchange for sharing your email you could win: Stationary and notepad from Denyse Schmidt Quilts, hand printed fabric from The Cotton Press, ceramic vase by Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, or specialty wood skin for iphone from Trunket.

If you are a patron of any of the AFA artists, and purchase artwork, you will have a chance to win: a handmade exotic wood pen by Neil Pabian , a novelty handbag from Artbags by Debra Crichton, an unframed artist proof linoleum cut, Standing Horses, by Janine Brown, or faceted citrine and carved bone pendant necklace by Tamara Wood.

The AFA Free Art Raffle prize winners will be drawn on Sun., Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., on the 4th fl. You do not have to be there to win.

A dedicated crowd is expected for Denyse Schmidt Quilts well-attended Annual Sample Sale held on the 4th floor during the weekend.

The Bridgeport restaurants, Two Boots and Epernay will be serving delectable treats on the 3rd and 4th floors during the event.

Admission and ample on site parking are free. For more information please call (203) 451-5011.

American Fabrics Arts Building Open Studios is part of the 2nd Annual Bridgeport Art Trail running Wednesday, November 10 through Sunday, November 14. Visitors can follow the Art Trail map to view 10 visual arts venues throughout the city, meet the artists, tour open studios, buy original art, follow a historic walking tour of downtown art and architecture. Participating venues include: The newly formed Bridgeport Arts and Culture Council, The Reads Building ArtSpace, City Lights Gallery, The Center for Public Art, The Gallery at Black Rock, Crescent St. Gallery, FrameMakers, and others to be announced.

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Blogger Brian said...

Re. Open Studio Weekend - Hartford, CT, Nov. 13 & 14


I noticed your website does not have anything about this major arts event - Open Studio Weekend - going on in Hartford this weekend, Nov. 13 and 14. Is there a possibility of this listing/description being added?

Information for this large event involving over 150 local artists, craftspeople, etc. is found on this website:

Here is additional information about this event this weekend:

Open Studio Weekend in Hartford
November 13 – 14, 2010

Watermark Press is gearing up for Hartford’s biggest festival for the arts! This year boasts one of its largest lists of participants ever — over 150 professional visual artists, film makers and craftsmen, musical and dance groups, singers, poets, and more! Stages and theatres all over the city will feature myriad performances; and films will be shown at Real Art Ways on Arbor Street — and it's all FREE! All artist studios will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days to showcase thousands of art works! This weekend is not to be missed!

The festival kicks off with a reception at Artspace at 555 Asylum Street on Thursday, November 4, from 6 to 8 pm. Each participating artist has one example of their work hanging in this gallery through Nov. 14. Live music and a dance performance will highlight the evening, and there’s no admission charge. Parking across the street is discounted to only $5. Check the website repeatedly for information about artist studio locations, poetry readings, films and other performances, and event updates.

Various locations - Hartford, CT; Watermark Press is located at 30 Arbor Street in Hartford, Suite 205

I would appreciate anything you are able to do to make this information available to any who may be interested in this event and open artist studios, etc.

Thank you,

Brian Hurst

1:14 PM

Blogger Hank Hoffman said...

Hi Brian. Unfortunately, I got your comment too late. I had not checked the CT Art Scene email account the past couple of days. Of course, I would have been happy to post that info had I received it earlier.

2:21 PM


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