By Lori Catlin Garcia
Come and experience the Granby Artists Association Open Studio Tour on October 16 – 18. Thirteen Artists will be showing new works, primarily in their own studios. Among those showing and demonstrating will be potters, a lamp maker, painters, a cork artist, glass workers and jewelry makers.
For the first time, the artists will invite the public to an opening night celebration, with most locations open on Friday, October 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. (5 – 7 p.m. at Lost Acres Vineyard). The gala event will continue on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th, with hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Maps for the self-guided tour will be available as flyers and advertisements in local papers, at local businesses and at each studio location. Maps can also be printed from the Granby Artists Association website, www.granbyartists.org. The website also offers additional images of the artists' work, as well as biographical information and details on the GAA activities throughout the year. More information can also be found on Granby Artists Association Facebook page.
In the past, the Open Studio Tour has brought several hundred visitors into the picturesque town of Granby. Both residents and guests enjoy the experience of viewing art in the setting where it was created, as well as the opportunity to purchase the local artists’ work. Most people spend at least one entire day viewing the artworks while admiring the stunning scenery in the area.
The GAA is an active member of the Granby community, sponsoring a variety of activities throughout the year in addition to the Open Studio Tour. Members of the association recently presented a hands-on Art Fun Day for families at Holcomb Farm, and they partner with local schools and the Senior Center to bring art to a broad spectrum of the local community. In addition, the membership supports the Granby Land Trust annual paint-out and juried art show in the fall, the holiday gift show (perfect for finding that special something for family and friends), as well as various art shows throughout the area. The group also sponsors a scholarship program for a Granby High School graduating senior.
The artists gratefully acknowledge the support of both local businesses and the citizens of the town. This year’s event was also made possible by a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Funded by the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with support from designated gifts to the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Artscape Grants are designed to provide critical funding for concerts, theater, dance, exhibits and musical productions located within their 34-town service area. These grants also provide funding for programs that help improve quality of life for residents.
The individual artists participating in the 2015 Granby Artists Open Studio Tour are:
Alexander Anisimov Oil Painting, Diane Bannon Cork/Mixed Media, Bob Burns Oil Painting, Avis Cherichetti Pottery,Laura J. Eden Watercolor/Egg Tempura, Lori Catlin Garcia Jewelry, Jean-Luc Goddard Handmade Lamps, Mark Gottlieb Glassworks,Susan Hackett Glass, Sally Sargent Markey Watercolor and Jewelry,Annukka Ritalahti Glassworks, Kate Tortland Oil Painting and Linda Yurasevecz Pottery.
For more information and tour maps, please visit www.granbyartists.org.