In the Dutchess County Spotlight
ArtEast's 6th Annual Open Studio Tour
Too large to be held on one weekend the ArtEast Open Studio Tour started the weekend of October 13-14 in northeast Dutchess, and continues October 20-21, in southeast Dutchess. Geographically the largest art event in Dutchess, the studios are found along the 50-mile Route 22 corridor, stretching from Patterson in Putnam County, as far west as Hopewell Junction and Stanfordville and as far east as Wingdale and Sharon, Ct.
You can plan a road trip for a day or the weekend of regional art along the back roads at the peak of fall foliage season. There might even be a studio in your neighborhood or one to find at the end of a winding dirt road!
For some artists, the studio is their whole house, with works in progress spread throughout. Others have workspace in their garage or a room or two dedicated to the production of art, and still others have freestanding studios. The variety is as endless as the artwork. From traditional to contemporary, watercolor to stone sculpture, the art made by area artists is diverse and vibrant.
Plan your trip this year by visiting www.arteastdutchess.com. Pages for each artist, along with map locations, are listed. Pick up from a store, or print from the website, a full-color brochure, and you'll be on your way. You'll know you're close when you see the black and yellow signs and arrows directing you toward a studio.
New this year is a series of online videos of the artists and several remarkable studios, including a 2000 square foot refurbished barn. Visit four studios and sign the artists' book and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a work of art. The odds of winning are high; about half of the artists donate a piece or print to the drawing.
Celebrate the arts and make connections with the artists when you join us for this behind the scenes tour. Learn about their creative process and find out what inspires and fuels their creativity. Artists have work for sale and many demonstrate their craft. Studios are open from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Visit the ArtEast Dutchess site on Facebook and preview the artists at www.arteastdutchess.com
This tour is supported by a grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Magnolia's Cafe (Patterson) and Cascade Wines & Spirits (Amenia).
For information call Lonna Kelly 845-855-1676. Enjoy your adventure!
Amy Brenner - detail - Judy Garland Sgraffiti plate
Amy R. Farrell - Songbird Soiree - Monoprint
Brian Saltern - Occupy America #25
Lonna Kelly - NYC Dancer - Photography