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Shoreline ArtsTrail: Discover Local Treasures

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 painting, jewelry, sculpture, collage, paper, fiber, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. Now in its 18th 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.

The Shoreline Arts Trail’s 18th annual Open Studios Weekend happens right in your backyard—at more than 30 studios in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut. Held Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, the ArtsTrail is supported by 39 shoreline artists and 8 local business sponsors, as well as the Guilford Art Center.

During the Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios.  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, 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, and renowned restaurants.

This year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail welcomes nine new member artists, Guilford artist Sandra Christie (kaleidoscope), Branford artist Maryann Cook (acrylics and multimedia), Branford artist Jane Crowley (stained glass), Guilford artist Deborah Greco (oil and pastel), Branford artist Linda Marino (oil and acrylic), Branford artist Marc Massaro (oil, acrylic and sculpture), Guilford artist Susan Moore (acrylic and encaustic), Madison artist Janine Robertson (oil and aluminum on copper), and Guilford artist Dinah Wells (painter). They will join returning artists Terry Bogan, Rebecca Bunting, Richard Carleton, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Margaret B. Dean, Laurie Douglas, Eileen Eder, Laurie Flaherty, Philip Goetz, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, B. Joan Hickey, Kathleen Hoskins, Sharon Hosley, Melissa Imossi, Molly S. McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Robert Morris, Robert Parrott, Chris Penry, Steve Plaziak, Marta Resnikov Reisman, Susan Roberts, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Sandra Spahr, Catherine Steinberg, Sid Werthan, Maureen Wilkinson, and Diane Wright.

For the latest information, please visit us at www.shorelineartstrail.com and follow us on Facebook.  Additional information 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.

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.

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