Open Studios Weekend: November 11-12, 2017 10AM-4PM

About the Shoreline ArtsTrail

The Shoreline ArtsTrail was started in 2001 by a small group of shoreline artists. Their intent was to create an annual open studios event to allow local residents and weekend visitors to interact with artists and experience the creative process first-hand. The seeds were planted and began to grow.

Three years later, grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison, dramatically accelerated the project. The number of artists almost doubled, as did the types of media, which now includes jewelry, sculpture, fiber, paint, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. With the invaluable support of the Guilford Art Center, the vigorous group of Open Studio artists morphed into a year-long Shoreline ArtsTrail. The combined efforts of all parties led to the ArtsTrail receiving the Compass Award for Excellence in Partnership in 2007 from the Greater New Haven Visitors' Bureau.

Now in its 15th year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail and Open Studios Weekend is a great way explore the shoreline’s arts community. Each year, more than 40 artists from the towns of Branford, Guilford and Madison work together to present a two-day Open Studios event in November, the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is truly a collaborative effort that includes lots of volunteer hours from member artists, an ongoing partnership with the Guilford Art Center, and the support of numerous community sponsors.

Visitors may enjoy refreshments while they watch demonstrations and ask questions, meet the artists one-on-one and explore their studios, see new and amazing art, get a head start on holiday shopping and much more!

During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful “Open Studio” signs point visitors to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information about events, discount offers and participating artists, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail Map, available in libraries, town halls, Connecticut welcome centers, and visitors’ centers in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at the Guilford Art Center and the various studios.

Current information about Open Studios Weekend, sponsored events, and our artists may be found year-round on our blog and Facebook page.