The American Fabrics Arts Building in Bridgeport will open it’s doors to the public for an OPEN STUDIOS event on Saturday and Sunday, November 13th & 14th, from 10am - 5pm. The American Fabrics Building is located at 1069 Connecticut Avenue. The event, now in it’s fifth year, will showcase more than 27 artists in their studios. Last year, the event attracted more than 500 art lovers, young and old alike, to meet the artists in their studios.
Each studio reflects the artist’s personal style and is where the creative process happens. AFA has a diverse group of artists. Many practice the traditional arts, such as, painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, jewelry, quilting and ceramics. But some of the artists work in unique niches like Neil Pabian, a woodturner, who crafts custom writing instruments; Trunket, which manufactures specialty iphone skins; Emily Larned, who uses vintage letterpress for printing and her husband, Chris Ruggerio, who makes handmade audio equipment; or Debora Crichton who adheres artwork to her retro style handbags. All of the artists will share their techniques and process, while offering work for sale.
Demonstrations will be happening throughout the weekend at various studios. Kevin Ford will make his signature drawings with a bb gun. The Cotton Press will demonstrate t-shirt/textile screen-printing as well as machine knitting, and Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong will throw pots in her ceramic studio. Additionally, Denyse Schmidt Quilts Annual Sample Sale will be held on the 4th floor bringing a crowd from all over the Northeast.
This year, sure to draw a crowd, is the AFA FREE ART RAFFLE. In exchange for sharing your email you could win: Stationary and notepad from Denyse Schmidt Quilts, hand printed fabric from The Cotton Press, ceramic vase by Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, or specialty wood skin for iphone from Trunket.
If you are a patron of any of the AFA artists, and purchase artwork, you will be entered in a raffle for one of the following items: a handmade exotic wood pen by Neil Pabian , a novelty handbag from Artbags by Debra Crichton, an artist proof linoleum cut of Standing Horses II, by Janine Brown, or a faceted citrine and carved bone pendant necklace by Tamara Wood.
The AFA FREE ART RAFFLE prize winners will be drawn on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 5pm, on the 4th fl. You do not have to be there to win.
The Bridgeport restaurants, Two Boots and Epernay will be serving delectable treats on the 3rd and 4th floors during the event.
Admission and ample on-site parking are free. For more information please call 203 451 5011.
Metro North or Amtrak to Bridgeport Station. Port Jefferson Ferry to Water Street Dock (next to train Station). AmFab is approximately two and a half miles from the station. Cabs are available from the train station’s cabstand.
Traveling I-95 South
Take exit 30/Surf Avenue. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Surf Avenue. Turn left at the next light onto Connecticut Avenue. Turn right into parking for 1069 Connecticut Ave.
Traveling I-95 North
Take exit 30/Lordship Avenue. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Lordship. Lordship becomes Hollister. Go straight through stop sign, and right at next light onto Stratford Avenue. Take 4rd left onto Freeman Street and across CtT Ave into parking for 1069 Ct Ave.