Open Your Eyes Studio Tour 2018
What: The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is hosting its 9th Annual Open Your Eyes studio tour.
Who: The event features artists who are open to showing their creative spaces and 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 creative process.
EXTENSION of Deadline - Apply: April 15th, 2018
Saturday, June 30th 2018 from 10 - 5 pm
Sunday, July 1st 2018 from 10 - 4 pm
Note: Artists must participate for both days.
Where: The studios and spaces of artists, of the exhibit site for local Artists in the towns and municipalities of Cornwall, Goshen and Warren, CT. If an Artist prefers to use an alternative temporary space, they must understand the event's mission, which is to show the artist's process in an engaging way. Artists must present at the site for the hours of the tour and display items that will recreate their studio environment and help present and explain their creative and technical processes to the public.
How Much: Admission for the PUBLIC to all studios/sites on the tour is free, thanks to the sponsors of the Tour. For Artists wanting to participate, there is a $50 registration fee and artists must be a NW CT Arts Council member in good standing. See below for membership links. Participants will donate 20% of their proceeds totaling $250 from sales during the tour 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 consider "collecting 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 webpage (p.s.-you're looking at it!!); 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 public parking sufficient to accommodate a number of visitors (usually 4-6 cars at a time at most). A representative of the Arts Council will conduct a site visit once registration is complete 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.
REGISTERING FOR THE TOUR:
All Tour Artists must be 2018 Members of the Arts Council, AND Register to be included on the Tour, so please take these 2 actions.
- Make sure you are an Arts Council member in good standing for 2018. You can check this by Logging in to your Profile Page on our website, and if you have not paid your Membership for 2018, you can join from your profile page. Click HERE for Membership information and click the Log In button on the top right corner to get your profile page and to take any Membership action.
- Complete the Tour Registration form. Click HERE to register online OR click HERE for the printable version and mail it in*
*Any downloaded forms must be completed and mailed back in to the Arts Council's office with the necessary fees.
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
40 Main Street, Suite 1
Torrington, CT 06790
Make checks payable to:
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council OYE