Open Studios Hartford

"Open Studio Weekend" began in 1989, formed by a handful of artists most of whom relied on the sale of artwork as their sole income. They combined efforts to promote their art and support one another. By the 5th year, the participation had grown to 50 local artists.

In 1996, Spring Open Studio Weekend was introduced and the inclusion of “visiting” artists was accepted - meaning those artists that lived outside of Hartford could join and show their work in group spaces or in corridors of various venues. That year, there were over 60 artists that came to show in a raw space under the Colt Dome. The event continued to grow with the opening of ArtSpace Hartford. It was a very exciting time for "Hartford Artists' Open Studio Weekend" drawing the attention of the media. In 2003, Artists in Real Time, Inc. (ART) was formed and received its 501(c)(3) status. The event now known as "Open Studio Hartford" is ART's major undertaking. 

Today, OSH is a free, city-wide event, now with events through the month of November, starting with a popular Group Show, Performance Art Weekend, Open Studio Weekends and After Party Reception. During Open Studios art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations will be open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event. 

OSH has become an event that the artists and the public anticipate and it has grown in the past three years to over 300 artists that specialize in a range of media including painting, sculpture, murals, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, graphic design, digital art, video, interactive installations, etc. Musicians, dancers, poets and other artists perform as well.

This year, Kathleen Zimmerman will be participating in Open Studios Hartford exhibiting her latest serigraphs. Serigraphy, also known as silk screening, screen printing or serigraph printing, is a stencil-based printing process in which ink is forced through a fine screen onto the paper beneath. Screens were originally made of silk, but they are now made of finely woven polyester or nylon. The concept of fine art printing has been popular since the 18th century, enabling artists to share their work with a broader range of admirers at a more accessible price. Since then, printmaking has evolved into another medium artists use to create artwork not just as a way to work in multiples. Silkscreen printing, also known as serigraph printing, is a medium that is increasingly valued for its versatility. It challenges the lithographic process in terms of the textural rendering of an image. Kathleen likes the fresh contemporary look this medium offers and thinks it is the perfect medium in which to add vibrant color and layering to her original drawing. Besides these benefits, the woven texture of the screen enhances their texture adding another element to these works.

Click on the above image to see all five images of Kathleen’s Universe Series.

Kathleen’s space during the Open Studios will be located on the second floor in the staff room in the historic Colt Gateway at 34 Sequassen Street on the corner of Huyshope. There she will be in attendance to talk about her work and to patrons one on one the first weekend of this event November 3rd - 4th from 11 am - 5 pm both days. All the work shown in this entry of our blog will be exhibited and for purchase during this event directly from the artist. Since all these hand-pulled prints were created in small limited editions come early.

Kathleen’s Dance Series (shown below) will also be included in the group exhibition to be held at ArtSpaceHartford Gallery at 555 Asylum Street in Hartford. They will be featured as the inspiration for a dance created and performed by Astrid Uryson and Daya Soudan. Astrid and Daya are co-founders of the Wild Angels dance company out of Deep River, CT, who perform locally as well as in NYC. This performance will occur at 3 pm before the After Party, which will be held there on November 17th from 5 - 8 pm. All the participating artists and patrons are invited to socialize as they listen to poetry & music, watch the dance performance while being treated to refreshments. It is sure to be the happening place to be so don’t miss out on the fun! For more information visit her webpage at .

Click on the above image to see all three images of Kathleen’s Dance Series.

Note: Kathleen’s work was shown in October at the South Gallery in Soho, NYC and she is to be inducted into the National Association of Women Artists on November 15th. She will be showing at NAWA’s gallery throughout November located at 315 West 39th Street in NYC.