Our Stories: 25 Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

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Perhaps the first and best thing I can say about the NW CT Arts Council  is that I’m a proud member, so that action can tell you far more than any write up to follow but rest assured I’ll endeavor to share the ideas behind this image and I hope to make it interesting.

In case you don’t know, the hardworking team of the Council supports the arts community, all arts including dance, music, visual arts, literary arts and the like. Their CultureBeat newsletter is essential reading for those who wish to find out what arts events are happening not just in Torrington but in the entire northwest region (sign up here for the newsletter-it’s free!) .  Their northest region includes Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village/Canaan, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted. The NW CT Arts Council is also responsible for the annual CultureMax awards, the first event was held last year at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk.

(c) 2014 photos above 
-courtesy of Sheila Ivain

This upcoming weekend is the extraordinarily popular OPEN YOUR EYES studio tour! Now a word of note: I participated in that event last year. Thanks to the most gracious hospitality of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, I was offered a location in the north gallery and showcased my artwork (especially the comic strip artwork-the Crayon Diary!) But THIS weekend’s going to be AMAZING. The region for the Open Studio Tour is Roxbury, Bethlehem, Washington and Morris. So on Saturday, June 27 – 10 am to 5 pm  and Sunday, June 28 – 10 am – 4 pm you are welcome to visit the studios of 27 artists in this region. 


So for the inspiration for the art, I considered the idea of how the council supports their artists. I came up with the idea of an Atlas holding the globe feel but instead of one solitary person, it’s a team.  Instead of the globe I wanted the team to hold the “Open Your Eye Studio Tour” image. Now anyone can volunteer and join the team and a variety of folks with a variety of skills can play a part in this team’s success so I chose a variety of colors  for the figures in a variety of positions, each doing their part to provide support.

nw ct arts close up

The images in the “lashes” portion are ALL my rendition of some images you might find on the Open Your Eyes tour.

From left to right, Linda West, Larry Hunt, Linda Boston, Larry Livosi, Markis Tomascak, Sebastian Tillinger, Will Talbot, Missy Stevens, Judy Jackson, Peter Wooster and the question mark is “Who will YOU discover”?

So this weekend, check out the variety of artists in the Open Your Eyes Studio Tour. The map is free to download online from http://openyoureyestour.org/ but if you sign up you can help be counted in the number of participants which is a great thing!

So this one’s for the entire team that helps make the NW CT Arts Council thrive but especially for Amy, Lana, Debbie, Margaret, and Chris!


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