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WHAT: The NW CT Arts Council is hosts an Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour.
WHO: Featuring artists who are open to showing their creative spaces* & processes to the public.
WHY: To shine a bright light on the many artists who live and work in our region and to give the audience a greater understanding and appreciation for the art work and the creative process.
Usually the last weekend in June. The 2017 Tour will be June 24 & 25.
WHERE: The Studios and Spaces of Artists, or the exhibit site for local Artists in a few towns at a time within our 25-town service area. The 2017 Tour will include studios in Sharon, Lakeville and Salisbury, CT.
Admission for the public to all studios on the tour is FREE thanks to the sponsors of the Tour.
There is a $50 registration fee for participating artists AND artists must be a NW CT Arts Council member in good standing (see http://artsnwct-join.org).
Participants will donate 20% of their proceeds for sales totaling $250 or more made during the weekend to the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s Open Your Eyes restricted fund*. Although sales are not the priority of this event, we will be encouraging visitors to collect local art.
HOW: The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will manage, market, and produce this event. This will include, but not be limited to the design and development of an event-specific website/webpage; e-newsletter, radio and print advertisements, tour map, event signage and publicity for all participating studios and spaces. Participants have either a studio or other "space", together with space for parking sufficient to accommodate a number of visitors (usually 3-6 cars at a time at most). A representative of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will conduct a site visit within 2 weeks of the receipt of your application to help make these determinations. Participants must help promote the Tour by utilizing their own mailing lists, email lists, website and other means of promotion to help the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council spread the word. Through post-tour surveys, we've seen a direct correlations between attendance for those artists who do assertively promote and those who few who do a minimum of promotion for the event.
Pictures and Testimonials Check out what participating artists and tourists had to say about
their experiences from past tours.