Studio tours have been free and informal, but here is an attempt to up the ante. A much more ambitious, and potentially more exciting, series of events is opening up this summer.
The Fairfield Arts Center’s FACes and Places: Art Behind the Scenes kicks off at the American Fabrics Arts Building.
Each tour will guide a limited number of guests from studio to studio. At each stop, the guests will have the opportunity to hear the artist talk about their background and their work. Guests will have an intimate look at the artists work in their studio. A light catered lunch and wine tasting will be provided in one of the artist’s studios. Guests are invited to linger after the program to visit with the artists and explore the studios.
Each FACes and Places tour will be $75 for FAC members and $95 for non-members. Due to the limited number of spaces, guests are requested to purchase tickets in advance by visiting the Fairfield Arts Center website or calling (203) 319-1419.
The first tour is 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday., June 2 at the American Fabrics Arts Building. 15 Studios will be featured and include Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Bridgeport), Lisie Orjuela (Trumbull), Brechin Morgan (Milford), Judith Corrigan (Shelton), Ulla Surland Interior Design (Fairfield) among other noted artists in the area.
Lunch will be held in the studio of Janine Brown, who is also from Fairfield. (Her image accompanies this post. It is a linoleum cut print called “Sienna Aspens.”)
Until the 1970s, the American Fabrics Art Building housed the American Fabrics Company, which was once a hub of the textile industry, specializing in the manufacture of linen, lace and knits. The factory buildings at that time were built with large windows to provide light and fresh air, which provides a perfect setting for an artist loft building. A handful of artists started to rent space in the building several years ago and in 2009, the current owner of the building, Westrock Development, LLC., renovated the building turning the second, third and fourth floors into artist’s studios.