An expansion has been in the works for several years and in 2018 it will become reality. There will be TWO Open Studio Weekends taking place on the first two weekends of November. The City will be split geographically into what we are calling Uptown Art and Downtown Art. This is a very exciting move that is a carefully thought out response to the public wanting to have more time to view the art and to visit multiple artists and locations. In addition, the artists will have the opportunity to see other artists' work on the alternate weekend. Please stay tuned for further details and like us on Facebook.
Open Studio Hartford (OSH) is a free, city-wide event, now a month-long. The November events include a popular Art Reception that takes place either as a Kick-Off or as an After Party, a Group Show, a Performance Art Weekend and, the main event,Open Studio Weekend, when art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event.
OSH has become an event that the artists and the public anticipate and it has grown in the past three years to over 400 artists that specialize in painting, sculpture, murals, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, graphic design, digital art, video, interactive installations, etc. at all levels. Musicians, dancers, poets and other artists perform as well.Click here to see the promotional spot produced by Connecticut Public Broadcasting's Learning Lab
Abstract Arts Award in memory of Patricia Rosoff
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Buying Art!We encourage our audience to support local, original art. If you have never purchased and original, you will find that the experience of buying art “right off the easel” in a face to face environment is as much of an experience itself as is owning the art piece and enjoying it in your home or business or giving it as a gift. Personal relationships can be developed and the public gains a grasp of our local talent, the artists and their work. OSH is proud to represent a vast variety of artwork. There is "something for everyone" including art collectors perhaps seeking the "undiscovered", those that simply enjoy art, gift seekers and families that wish to expose their children to the experience that only art provides.
In addition, OSH cultivates interest in arts events year round and is a way to see art, experience art and share art, a way to generate a passion for art. People are personally impacted by OSH best said in testimonials of repeat visitors who note the wonderful sense of community, the camaraderie and encouragement to visit numerous locations. It is a fun and safe way to visit various neighborhoods of Hartford, perhaps have a meal in the city and discover that they are part of a larger community of people who appreciate art. Visitors find artists to be inspiring by both their enthusiasm to talk about their art and their warm welcome.
A City-Wide Collaboration of the ArtsIn the past two years, we’ve seen a surge of activity and attention surrounding the city-wide collaboration. The historic Union Station, the Colt Building (Colt Gateway) after a decade of renovations and other new locations opened including Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Connecticut Historical Society and Hartford Art School. We reinvigorated venues on Arbor Street which now features dozens of artists and working art studios. Thousands of people became aware of multiple venues and buses helped shuttle people from location to location easing parking. We saw an increase in the number of people that made a weekend of it.
In 2014 we are supported by the City of Hartford through the Department of Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs (MECA).
For the Artists
OSH can be like a “club”. It offers assistance for new artists to learn to show and promote their work on a regular basis. To interact with viewers or to step back and see a viewers reaction to their creations. Many areas throughout the United States have some form of Open Studios and it is now alive and thriving in Hartford! Artists are more eager to show and other organizations to be involved giving the public a wonderful opportunity to learn what exists in our community and to appreciate the talent.
An experienced planner, Cynthia Bulaong, organizes and markets OSH. She was the volunteer coordinator for several years in the 90’s and returned in 2011. Cynthia has a broad background in the arts, the culinary field and has produced hundreds of private and fundraising events big and small, extravagent and humble. Cynthia has been named the first Executive Director of Artists in Real Time, Inc. She is a Hartford Commissioner on Cultural Affairs and is the Ex-Officio Trustee on the Board of the Wadsworth Atheneum appointed by Mayor Luke Bronin.