The Shoreline Arts Trail’s 17th annual Open Studios Weekend happens right in your backyard—at 30 studios in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut. Held Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, the ArtsTrail is supported by 38 shoreline artists and 8 local business sponsors, including our premier sponsors Guilford Art Center and Zip06.
This juried event gathers some of the finest, award-winning artists on the shoreline whose work must reflect mastery of methods and materials, originality of concept, and be handmade by the artist in his/her studio.
• What you’ll find…one-of-a-kind, quality-made items in a wide range of media including jewelry, sculpture, paper, collage, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles.
• What you’ll experience…a chance to talk one-on-one with artists and explore their studios as you weave your way around the scenic shoreline.
• What you’ll do…support our arts community, purchase great art made right here in Connecticut, and visit our sponsors which include unique shops, renowned restaurants and picturesque inns.
This year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail welcomes two new member artists, Madison artist Lexi Axon (art lifestyle) and Branford artist Susan Roberts (jewelry artist). They will join returning artists Terry Bogan, Richard Carleton, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Laurie Flaherty, Susan Gillie, Philip Goetz, Carol Grave, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, B. Joan Hickey, Sharon Hosley, Sandra Kessler, Owen Sea Luckey, Ray Mathews Jr., Molly S. McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Robert Morris, Jane Strauss Novick, Robert Parrott, Chris Penry, Steve Plaziak, Marta Resnikov Reitman, Pat Rist, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Suzanne Siegel, Sandra Spahr, Catherine Steinberg, Martha Link Walsh, Pam Welch, Sid Werthan, Alex Wetmore, Maureen Wilkinson, and Diane Wright.
Our 2018 Sponsors include Guilford Art Center, Zip06/Shore Publishing, Consign & Design Shoreline, Friends & Company Restaurant, Home Restaurant, Tidewater Inn, Tommy Sullivan’s Café, and Wall Street Gallery.
For the latest information, please visit us at www.shorelineartstrail.com and follow us on Facebook. Watch for details on the Shoreline ArtsTrail website, www.shorelineartstrail.com, which includes an interactive map, downloadable print map and Family Activity Brochure, as well as a Facebook page with profiles on individual artists and special events.
The Shoreline ArtsTrail was started in 2001 by a small group of shoreline artists. Their intent was to create an annual open studios event to allow local residents and weekend visitors to interact with artists and experience the creative process first-hand. Three years later, grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison, dramatically accelerated the project. The number of artists tripled, as did the types of media, which now includes jewelry, sculpture, collage, paper, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. Now in its 17th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail is a collaborative effort that includes hundreds of volunteer hours from member artists, an ongoing partnership with the Guilford Art Center, and the support of numerous community sponsors. During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios.
For specific locations and more information, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map, available in libraries and town halls in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at numerous business establishments listed on the website. Contact Martha Link Walsh at (203) 481-3505 or visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.
Susan E Cornell
Moppet Magic Publishing & Public Relations