Culture Connect Featured Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2014
Press Contact: Maggie Cady (860) 618-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5TH ANNUAL OPEN YOUR EYES STUDIO TOUR
Saturday, June 28, 10 – 5 pm
Sunday, June 29, 10 – 4 pm
Showcase: June 22, 5 – 9 pm
25 Artists in
Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington, CT
Info & Map:
Northwest CT Arts Council
NW CT Arts Council Brings Studio Tour
To Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is presenting the Fifth Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour on June 28 and 29, 2014 in the towns of Torrington, Harwinton, and Burlington, CT. The 2014 tour will feature over 25 artists and artisans who have their studios in Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington. Participating visual artists and artisans will open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour. The tour is free to the public, thanks to the support of Sharon Hospital, the Connecticut Humanities as part of the Connecticut At Work program, and other event sponsors.
Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. Over the past four years, the event has drawn audiences from 14 states, with many visitors returning annually. The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work.
“This event gives the visitor an up-close experience to see how and where the artists do their work. On top of that experience, people going on this tour will discover truly beautiful sections of our lush region that they might not otherwise find. The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour recognizes that when the public learns first-hand from the artist about what is involved with the making of a work and the ‘story’ behind it, a deeper connection and involvement with the art work happens,” said Amy Wynn, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s executive director.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the arts and cultural resources of northwestern Connecticut. The Council considers arts and culture to be integral contributors to the quality of life in the region. The Council focuses on assisting artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, informing the public, and giving access to the arts across the region.
This program is part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long conversation about the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut at Work travels across the state through December 2014. The program features the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition, with stops in seven communities: New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford and Groton. Surrounding communities are adding local focus with community history exhibits, book and film discussions, author talks, performances and more. In the northwest Connecticut, Connecticut at Work is a partnership with The Warner Theatre, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, the Torrington Historical Society, and is supported by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the Connecticut League of History Organizations and UConn Torrington. The Connecticut tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. For a calendar of events and more information, visit cthumanties.org/ctatwork.
The 25-town region served by the Arts Council includes Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Roxbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.
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