The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is proud to announce the 10th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour on August 24 and 25 in Winsted and New Hartford, CT. Twenty-nine artists will open their creative spaces to the public and share their art practice and processes with visitors. This is a unique opportunity to visit local working artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds while exploring the beauty of Northwest Connecticut. Learn about each featured artist and reserve your map of the tour at OpenYourEyesTour.org! For a small donation, a map can be mailed to you before the tour weekend.
This year’s artists include painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, fiber artists, basket weavers, textile artists, mixed media artists, printmakers, gourd carvers, ceramicists, calligraphy and book arts, and jewelers. The artists and artisans in New Hartford are Carol Taylor, Carlton Taylor, Karen Carvalho, Deb Strid, Holly Hall, David Skora, Ginny August, Pam Chambers, and Susan Rood. In Winsted, the artists and artisans are MaryPat Leger, Victor Leger, Cheryl Bartley, Sharon Lee Dougherty, Jane Durchame Hoben, Gail O’Connor, Monica Rosenberg, Amy Richardson, M.Wilk, Katheleen Borkowski, Donna Davis, Amy Grosclaude, Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Debra Lill, Kiki Michalek, Heather Neilson, Tina Puckett, Julie Rego, Karen Rossi, and Gay Schempp.
During the tour weekend, there will be two information stations where visitors can check-in for the tour, get maps or pick up pre-ordered maps, posters, and t-shirts, ask questions, and make donations to the Arts Council. The Winsted Info Station is at Whiting Mills, 100 Whiting St., Winsted, CT 06098. The New Hartford Info Station is at Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Ave., New Hartford, CT 06057. Each Info Station will only be open during the hours of the Studio Tour – from 10 am – 5 pm on 8/24, and 10 am – 4 pm on 8/25.