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Orange County Arts Council announces 2012 Open Studio Tour

  |   October 2, 2012  |  Comment

Orange County Arts Council announces 2012 Open Studio Tour

October 13 & 14 and 20 & 21


The Orange County Arts Council, through generous sponsorships from M&T Bank and C & S Wholesale Grocers, is organizing its Fourth Annual Open Studio Tour which will take place over two weekends and span the entire County. The Open Studio Tour is a free event, and provides the public with a self-guided tour of local performing and visual art studios, venues and galleries. This year’s tour is the Orange County Arts Council’s most diverse ever. Participating artists include sculptors, potters, visual artists, dancers, metal smiths, jewelers, fabric artists, crafters, woodworkers, photographers, arts schools and even a television production studio.

“This is the most important event of the year for artists wanting to meet their local collectors and for the public to peek at the artists during their creative process,” states Shawn Dell Joyce, the Executive Director of the Wallkill River School in Montgomery.  The school is serving as a hub this year for local artists on the Studio Tour.

Local artists view the studio tour as an opportunity to personally introduce themselves to their community.  “They (artists) contribute to their community in a million different ways,” believes Meadow, a visual artist from Pine Bush.  “From teaching or volunteering for organizations and charitable funds, to producing beautiful artwork for everyone to view and enjoy.  The tour also promotes peer group association and support and it’s a really fun weekend!”

This year’s tour has expended to cover two weekends, nineteen towns and a total of 74 visual and performing artists.  It includes both seasoned Studio Tour participants as well as some brand new artists. Nub Grafix/Stroke of Insanity, located in Walden is excited to be participating this year for the first time.  “We figure it was time to shake things up a bit,” Nub states.  “By opening up our studio to the public, we hope to give a fresh perspective to the conventional art lover and a home to the alternative art supporter.” Booklets are being created by the Orange County Arts Council, highlighting each artist, their location, contact information and a visual of their artwork.

The Orange County Arts Council hopes that this annual event will provide an opportunity for dialogue between artists and the general public, therefore bringing about a more personal connection to the arts.  Dave Nolan, a visual artist in Washingtonville believes, “One of my hopes for the tour is that someone might see that they too can go ‘play’ with things and create something.  No preconditions, no timeframe, no schedule.” It is the Arts Council’s desire that the Open Studio Tour will open up the world of artists to everyone – from students to the seasoned collector to the first-time art buyer or observer, to the curious general public. One of the goals of this event is that, through education, visitors become loyal customers and supporters of art which in turn will help this program grow over the years.   “We have a vibrant arts scene in Orange County,” believes Adrienne Butvinik, who will be participating at Bliss Co-Op in Sugar Loaf.  “Some people are not aware of that.  Art is not rarefied and out of reach-it IS for everyone and easy to access!”

To request a copy of this year’s Open Studio Tour booklet or to find the closest distribution location, please call the Arts Council’s offices at 845-469-9168 or email [email protected].  You can also find a downloadable version of the booklet by logging onto the Art Council’s website at www.ocartscouncil.org.

Participating artists:

October 13 & 14 from 11am-5pm

Highland Mills: Bob Breur; Salisbury Mills: American Youth Ballet; Washingtonville: David Nolan; Cornwall: Bill Diamond, Vivien Abrams Collens, Rebecca Darlington, Andrew Lattimore, Jon Malinowski; Cornwall-on-Hudson: John V. Gioia; Newburgh: Gayle Clark Fedigan, Stuart Sachs, Rosalinda McGovern, Orange County Ballet Theatre, Linda Richichi, Mary Mugele Sealfon; Montgomery: The Meadow Dance & Integral Healing Arts Center, Wallkill River School, Debbe Cushman Femiak, Sandy Spitzer, Carol Ann Kronyak, Leslie Waxtel, Shawn Dell Joyce, Eileen MacAvery Kane; Maybrook: Morgan Haude; Walden: Maureen Drury, Nub from Nub Grafix; Pine Bush: Meadow, Arts in Orange Co-Op

October 20 & 21 from 11am-5pm

Hueguenot: Eric Stein; Port Jervis: Julia Healy, Upfront Exhibition Space; Otisville: Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Caroline Schulz; Middletown: Natalie & Richard Surving, Anne W. Kelly, Dennis Fanton, Jill Constantino, Linda Barboni, Mitchell Saler; Monroe: Lenny Silver, Frances Zubrike Lee; Sugar Loaf: Nick Zungoli, Adrienne Butvinik, Bliss Co-Op, Suzanne O’Brien, Ann Marie Nitti, Rachel Bertoni, Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian, Janet Howard-Fatta; Florida: Amity Arts Pottery Workshop, Fine Architectural Metalsmiths, Richard Weber; Warwick: Sharon Galbraith, Lisa Zukowski, Sarah McHugh, Daniel Mack, Roslyn Fassett, Elaine Sgambati, Michael Gaydos, Beatrice Bloom, The Moving Company Modern Dance Center & Vastu, John & Lisa Strazza, Cathe Linton, Femi Ford, Heidi Lanino, Karen Thomas, Lorrie Sniderman, Susan Hope Fogel, Phyllis Lehman, Roberta Green, Sharon Falk, Kishi Ui; Pine Island: Barbara Lanza, Eve McClanahan

The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. We accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public. The vision of The Orange County Arts Council is to make the arts accessible to all people.

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