The Granby Artists Association (GAA) is featuring 20 of its members in a weekend-long open studio event running on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.
Visitors can see works crafted in many media including oils, watercolor, collage, glass, wood, cartooning, photography, jewelry, furniture, functional and decorative pottery and more. Artist demos, allowing a look how Granby artists and artisans craft their work, are a major component of the two-day tour. It occurs both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The association was originally created in 2002 and has held an artists’ studios tour each year since, with this year’s tour the 11th iteration of the event.
“The Granby Artists Association was founded by 12 artists working in a variety of media,”said the group’s website. “The group’s goal was to raise awareness of the quality of artwork being created within the borders of our small New England town by running an open studio tour. As our membership has grown, so have our activities. Our biggest event is our annual open studio tour each October.”
The association encourages area residents “to explore fantastic art in its natural environment” during the tour, speak directly to artists in their work environments and enjoy personal demonstrations.
Visitors can not only see the artists at work and learn from their art demos, but also discuss works of art and purchase pieces that catch their eyes.
Besides artists located at their own studios, clusters of artists will set up shop at locations including the Holcomb Farm workshop and Lost Acres Vineyard.
A full map of studio locations is attached to this article as a PDF file. It can also be downloaded here.
The group awards an arts scholarship to a qualified Granby student each year and provides arts demonstrations at Holcomb Farm, Granby public schools the town senior center to advance local art and expose a wide swath of area residents to art.
The Granby Artists Association also participates in the Granby Land Trust’s late summer paint-out event juried art show in November and hosts a holiday gift show in December.
To learn more about joining the association, which limits its membership to artists in Granby and those who own art-based businesses in town, visit its “About Us” page on the Granby Artists Association website.