New Haven artists, Erector Square New Haven, City Wide Open Studios
This weekend was a continuation of the celebration of New Haven artists via the much celebrated and loved City Wide Open Studios. I photographed artists and their work at Erector Square, where beautiful light poured in through old factory windows. It was packed! It’s meaningful to see so many New Haven (& beyond) residents coming out to view completed and in-progress works, and discuss the artistic process with the makers.
I visited too many studios to name, but particularly loved getting to visit with one of my photography teachers Phyllis Crowley and one of the weekend’s organizers Eric March, a painter, draftsman, illustrator and web designer who also teaches – take a class with him if you’d like to explore your creative side! I follow Oi Fortin on Instagram and you should too, if you love monoprints! Eliska Greenspoon makes large scale mixed media using expired black and white photo paper. I wasn’t there to see live music but I know many performances were enjoyed by visitors, and artists welcomed visitor participation in a community quilt making project. There was even a martial arts interactive demo by New Haven Aikikai. Did you have a favorite artist this time around? If so, I would love to hear about it!
If you didn’t make it this weekend, make a point of doing so next year. You will not be disappointed. And if you did make it, maybe next year your mental map of the labyrinthian Erector Square buildings will be even better. It’s a maze in there – which makes the process of discovery of arresting and beautiful art even more spontaneous and fun!
If you are a visual artist, you already know the power of photography. Invite me to come to your studio and photograph you and your work to increase your visibility online. My rates are flexible and I know you’ll be happy with the images I make for you!