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October 11, 2002|Volume 31, Number 6














"Aspirin," a poem by Yale faculty member Elizabeth Alexander, graces the publicity material for the fifth annual City-Wide Open Studios. The accompanying art work is by New Haven artist Colleen Coleman. Over 400 artists will participate in this year's event.

Artists will open their studios
to public in city-wide event

This month over 400 area artists will welcome the public into their workplaces and temporary installation spaces across New Haven during Artspace's fifth annual City-Wide Open Studios.

Yale and Southern Connecticut State University are the lead sponsors of the event, which is the third-largest gathering of local artists in the nation and encompasses every medium in contemporary visual artmaking.

A central exhibition with a representative work by each participating artist will run Oct. 14-31 at Artspace's new Center for Contemporary Art at the Chamberlain Building, a former furniture factory in New Haven's Ninth Square, located at 50 Orange St. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the show 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.

The studios and exhibition spaces will be open over the course of two weekends. Individual artist's studios will be featured noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20. During the second weekend, 300 of the 400 participants will show their work and installations in the former Pirelli Building, 500 Sargent Dr. A walking path from downtown ("The Vision Trail") will be activated so that the community can reach the building on foot. That weekend venues will be open noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

During both weekends Yale shuttles will run from Phelps Gate on College Street to the major event venues. All artworks on display will be for sale.

A highlight of this year's City-Wide Open Studios event will be the unveiling of nine temporary public sculptures created by area artists, which will be placed around the nine squares of New Haven. Sites include the New Haven Green, Federal Plaza, the Knights of Columbus Park, the New Haven Free Public Library, the Downtown Trolley and several storefronts in the Ninth Square.

A series of free Wednesday evening panel discussions will take place at the New Haven Free Public Library at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16, 23 and 30. The panels will feature local artists who will discuss their work, their studio practice and the books that have inspired their process (and which will be on display at the library). Each of the panelists created a work that has been acquired by the New Haven Public Library as part of its newly established Municipal Art Collection. This work will be on view and will also be featured on special "Art in Transit" posters that will be displayed throughout the fall on New Haven's public buses. The posters also feature poetry selected by a committee of local poets and artists, including Jennifer Gross, the Seymour Knox Jr. Curator at the Yale University Art Gallery; Francis Brent, a lecturer in Yale's English Department; and Frank Mitchell, an independent curator.

On the first weekend of the event, a special CWOS JR exhibition will take place at the Marlin Building, 85 Willow St. The show will feature the work of area high school students who are being apprenticed to working artists during the course of the festival.

In conjunction with the city-wide event, Yale's Hammond Hall, 14 Mansfield St., will be open for the Department of Sculpture's fall Open Studios 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Also, on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 27 and 28, City-Wide Open Studios will be the New Haven stop for the North American tour of Mobilivre, a vintage Airstream RV that has been retrofitted as a moving van for handmade artists' books.

All the City-Wide Open Studio activities are free and open to the public. Complete schedules, maps, artist profiles and other details of this year's event will be available in the Oct. 17 issue of The New Haven Advocate. For additional information, visit www.cwos.org or call (203) 773-3709.

Other sponsors of the event are the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Katherine Matthies Foundation, the Community Economic Development Fund, The City of New Haven, Assa Abloy, New Haven Savings Bank, The United Illuminating Company and Friends of Artspace.


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