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Shoreline Arts Alliance Presents Shoreline ArtsTrail 2023 Open Studios Weekend

MADISON, CT: Shoreline Arts Alliance’s Shoreline ArtsTrail Open Studios Weekend happens right in your backyard—at more than 30 studio locations in Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut. This 23-year tradition provides opportunities for both artists and art lovers. Held Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, from 10am to 4pm, the ArtsTrail is supported by 38 shoreline artists and 13 local business sponsors. This juried event gathers some of the finest, award-winning artists on the shoreline whose work must reflect mastery of methods and materials, originality of concept, and be handmade by the artist in his/her studio. What you’ll find…one-of-a-kind, quality-made items in a wide range of media including painting, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles. What you’ll experience…a chance to talk one-on-one with artists and explore their private studios as you weave your way around the scenic shoreline. What you’ll do…support our arts community, purchase great art made right here in Connecticut, and visit our sponsors which include unique shops, and renowned restaurants.

What else you’ll do…enjoy a FUN and stress-free opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping or enhance your home with an original work of art. This year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail welcomes three new member artists, North Guilford potter David Frank, Guilford ceramic artist Brian R. Jones, and Guilford painter Patricia Shoemaker. They will join returning artists Francis Barkyoumb, Candace Bialczak, Terry Bogan, Mike Bower, Christine Chiocchio, Alice Chittenden, Anne Coffey, Jayne Crowley, Margaret Dean, Robert Dietz, Laurie Douglas, Christine Drago, Eileen Eder, Laurie Flaherty, Deborah Greco, Jean Gresham, Anita Griffith, Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, Joan Hickey, Melissa Imossi, Sandra Kensler, Martha Link-Walsh, Owen Luckey, Alexa Lady MacCrady, Dennis Masback, Linda McCarthy, Molly Sullivan McDonald, Jackie McGuire, Estelle Nussbaum, Robert Parrott, Chris Penry, Steve Plaziak, Janine Robertson, Barbara Shulman and Catherine Steinberg.

Our 2023 Sponsors include Attorney Robin Sandler, Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance, Branford Antiques, Branford Community Foundation, Carol Grave - Textile Artist, Ferguson & McGuire Insurance Services, Guilford Savings Bank, Married Metals Kaleidoscopes, Realtor Linda Toscano, The Audubon Shop, The Frame Shop on Wall Street, The Wall Street Gallery, and Tommy Sullivan’s Café.

For the latest information, please visit us at to see our list of artists and an interactive map and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for profiles of individual artists. 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. 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 tripled, as did the types of media, which now includes painting, jewelry, sculpture, collage, paper, fiber, glass, pottery, metal, and textiles.

Now in its 23rd year, the Shoreline ArtsTrail is a collaborative effort that includes hundreds of volunteer hours from member artists, a partnership with the Shoreline Arts Alliance, and the support of numerous community sponsors. During Open Studios Weekend, the colorful yellow “Open Studio” signs point you to all of these artists and studios. For specific locations and more information, pick up a copy of the Shoreline ArtsTrail map, available in libraries and town halls in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at numerous business establishments. Contact Shoreline Arts Alliance at (203) 421-6739 or visit


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