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Thursday, September 30, 2010

City-Wide Open Studios Weekend 2 agenda, with "Artspace Underground" on Saturday night

City-Wide Open Studios
50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
City-Wide Open Studios
Oct. 2—3, 2010: New Haven Neighborhoods & Artspace Underground

Press release

Artspace celebrated its 13th City-Wide Open Studios with a kickoff bash on Friday, Sept. 24. More than 500 people were in attendance, including Mayor John DeStefano and State Representative Cam Staples.

The second weekend of City-Wide Open Studios runs from Oct. 2—3. The weekend will take visitors through studios across the New Haven area, with an emphasis on the west side of New Haven on Sat., Oct. 2, and the east side on Sun., Oct. 3. More than 100 artists will be opening their studio doors this weekend.

This year's City-Wide Open Studios features more interactive demonstrations by artists, and the second weekend is no exception. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, Artspace's neighbor Project Storefronts will hold demonstrations in hooping, weaving, and reading knitting patterns from 1—4 p.m. at their 71 Orange Street location. At Project Storefronts on Sun., Oct. 3, DETRITUS will host a chapbook-binding workshop from 3—4 p.m. The event will be led by local authors Beth Anne Royer and Edgar Garcia. Also on Sun., Oct. 3, Creative Arts Workshop will host ongoing demonstrations in sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking from noon—5 p.m. at their 80 Audubon Street location.

Visitors can explore studios and demonstrations on their own, or participate in guided bike tours led by the Devil's Gear beginning at 12:30 p.m. and leaving from their new location at 151 Orange Street, in the rear of the 360 State Street building. Studios will be open from noon—5 p.m. on both days, and a complete map and PDF guide are available on the City-Wide Open Studios website.

Artspace has also recruited a full slate of bloggers to document their City-Wide Open Studios experience, among them: participating artist Elizabeth Antle, Devil's Gear owner Matthew J. Feiner, returning artists Caitlin Foster and Destiny Palmer, Beth Anne Royer, and novelist Brian Francis Slattery. Their diverse perspectives can be found at

We look forward to exploring and celebrating the creativity that makes New Haven's neighborhoods so vibrant!

On Oct. 2, Artspace will host the first Underground of the school year from 8—11 p.m. The Underground brings alternative music, experimental time-based art, and cutting edge-performances to the gallery. This Saturday's Underground features performances by Fake Babies, a New Haven-based indie rock band fast gaining national prominence for their brand of “dirty soul,” and If Jesus Had Machine Guns, the lo-fi solo project of up-and-coming independent filmmaker Jimi Patterson. Local sculptor Silas Finch will perform a live build, and DJ Booty Beats (Nathan Rose of EULA) will spin tracks. Curated by Madison Moore, with drinks by 116 Crown, the event is $5 for attendees and guests are encouraged to dress to impress.


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