The American Fabrics Arts Open Studios, now in its seventh year, is one of the most eagerly anticipated art events in Bridgeport. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, the artists will open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The public is invited to visit the artists, explore their studios and purchase their works. The historic re-purposed American Fabrics Arts building, at 1069 Connecticut Avenue in Bridgeport, was the American Fabrics Company textile factory, founded in 1909.
AFA Open Studios has been drawing crowds from the tri-state and New England areas on an annual basis. Walking from studio to studio, you will find families learning about the arts to serious art collectors interested in adding to their collections. The weekend event will showcase more than 24 artists and crafts people in their studios. The diverse community includes painters, illustrators, commercial and fine art photographers, sculptors, jewelry designers and quilters. In addition, there will be a variety of demonstrations throughout the weekend, such as printing demonstrations by Emily Larned on her vintage printing press; pottery throwing demonstrations by Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong; and laser wood-cut demonstrations by Neil Pabian. All of the artists will be on hand to speak about their work and their process.
One of the annual events during the Open Studios is the Denyse Schmidt Quilts Annual Sample Sale held on the 4th floor. Guests will find samples and overstock items from the DS Couture collection, Works collection, and one-of-a-kind studio quilts which are priced at 50% off retail list price. In addition, she will be hosting a quilting demonstration and bee 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday by members of Peace by Piece: the Norwalk Community Quilt Project.
The AFA Art Raffle returns to the event. The raffle gives guests the chance to win arts and/or crafts from tenants in the building when they enter their email address or home address on a raffle ticket. Some of the items that will be raffled off include a gift certificate to a Denyse Schmidt Improvisational Patchwork Workshop valued at $350, a custom handbag from Artbags by Debora Crichton, a one-of-a-kind Krochet Kritter by Janine Brown and a “mystery handmade pen” from Wooden Ages.
The AFA Open Studios event is sponsored by Westrock Development and the Bridgeport Arts Trail.
LIST of ARTISTS: Janine Brown, Elizabeth Bullis-Wiese, Tommy Conch, Dylan and Lauren Cotton (The Cotton Press), Patrick James, Andre Junget, Thomas Mezzanotte, Gus Moran, Neil Pabian, Ulla Surland from Fairfield; Denyse Schmidt Quilts Kedon Beckford Photography, Richard Killeaney (Ocheltree Design), Bruce Brereton (Shekinah Photos), Emily Habansky, Wayne Pankey, Tamara Wood from Bridgeport; Emily Larned, Kvon Photography, Olmsted Audio from Stratford; Judith Corrigan, Lisie S. Orjuela from Trumbull; Brechin Morgan from Milford; Debbie Crichton of Artbags from Ridgefield; Kevin Ford from Norwalk; Barry Doss Designs from New York City; Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong from Westport; Al Nakas from Weston; and Laura Appelman from Easton.