Get ready for three weekends of discovering art! Here’s an event overview for 2013:
Opening Reception | October 4, 5:00–9:00 PM
Celebrate the festival kickoff at Artspace (50 Orange Street) with all the artists! The central hub exhibition features one work by each of the CWOS participating artists. Pick up the Official Map & Guide. Bar will be open until 8pm.
Erector Square Weekend | October 12–13, 12:00–5:00 PM
Erector Square (315 Peck Street) acts as a hub of artistic activity in Fair Haven. A high concentration of artist studios—housed in a former Erector Set factory—make it an especially exciting place to be during Open Studios. Explore the personal studios of hundreds of local artists on your own or through a guided tour. Artspace volunteers will be on hand with maps, schedules of demonstrations and directions for visitors. A curator-led preview tour and cocktail party will be held on October 11th. Further information about purchasing tickets will be available in September.
Passport Weekend | October 19–20, 12:00–5:00 PM
Visit artists in their private studios throughout New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and Hamden. Take this opportunity to see the spaces in which artists work all across the Greater New Haven area—maps, signage, and guided tours will be provided. Special bike tours, led by Matt Feiner of the Devil's Gear Bike Shop, will be held on Saturday and Sunday Click here for details. Special bus tours have also been arranged for both Saturday and Sunday, click here for details. A series of curator-led preview tours and a reception at Artspace will be held on October 17th.
Alternative Space Weekend | October 26–27, 12:00–5:00 PM
The Alternative Space weekend sets New Haven’s CWOS apart from other open studio weekends by offering artists from across Connecticut, and those who are interested in creating site-specific works, a unique backdrop to showcase their talents. Each year the Alternative Space provides artists with the chance to show work in vacant historic properties throughout the city, connecting artists and visitors with different areas of New Haven. This year’s exhibition will take place in the Goffe Street Armory (290 Goffe Street, New Haven), a colonial armory full of rich New Haven history. At an area of 155,000 square feet, the Goffe Street Armory presents a unique backdrop for visual artists to showcase their ideas and for visitors to enjoy the art. Stop by between 12:00-5:00 PM.
Need help getting oriented?
Come by the central exhibition at Artspace (50 Orange Street, Downtown New Haven), which will serve as the CWOS festival hub, October 4-27. Here, you can get an overview of the artists exhibiting and plan your studio visits. Volunteers will be on hand during each studio weekend to assist you with maps and advice.
Photo credits: Second photo from the top, Mia Orsatti. Other photos, Artspace staff.
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