For Immediate Release
September 12, 2008 

Loft Artists Association
CONTACT:
Susan McCaslin
(203) 559-8172
susan@susanmccaslin.com

 

"FALL OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND"
Stamford's Largest Annual Art Experience!

November 7, 6 - 9 p.m.
November 8 & 9, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

At Our New Location!
845 Canal Street, Stamford, CT

STAMFORD, CT, September 12, 2008 -- Fresh from their 30th anniversary extravaganza, the Loft Artists open their doors to the public, inviting art lovers of all ages to mingle, discuss and tour the studios of more than 40 working artists.

"We all look forward to this event -- the energy and the diversity of the people who come through here is amazing", says Alissa Siegal, a painter at the LAA. "It is an exciting and rewarding weekend, a unique opportunity to break out of what is normally a solitary pursuit and talk about what we love to do."

Come wander through the studios of painters, sculptors and ceramic artists. See T-shirt art, enormous bronze wall reliefs and delicate pencil drawings. The work ranges from Dana Scinto's industrial chic cardboard furniture to Nikki Bates' gold and gemstone jewelry. "I'm thrilled to be surrounded by wonderfully creative folks at the LAA and am happy to be involved in events that help connect us to the community. It's a real treat to be a part of this special group," says Bates, a new member.

The Loft Artist Association, the area's largest cooperative of working artists, is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County's visual arts community as well as working to educate and involve the general public in the arts. For 30 years, the LAA has continually reached out to the public through its members, a diverse group dedicated to sharing their appreciation of the power of art with the community they work in.

"The LAA has successfully partnered with our organization since we first conceived the idea of Art in the Yard together", says Cathy Malloy, director of Stamford's Sexual Assault and Crisis Center. "The artists of the LAA are valued partners in our efforts to support and serve the community. We look forward to many more collaborations, especially now that SACC's recent move has made us close neighbors."

Come see what the LAA is all about!
Thousands of visitors from the Tri-State area are drawn to this hotbed of creativity -- Open Studios is the largest local event of its kind!

A highlight of this year's Open Studios is the debut of a spectacular mural adorning the exterior of the building. Ten foot high photographic reproductions of the LAA artists adorn a building splashed with color designed to highlight the structure's architectural features. A call to artists was put out by Antares Real Estate and of the many submissions, the design of graphic artist and loft member Susan McCaslin stood out as enhancing the existing structure while celebrating its inhabitants.

"I was struck by 845 Canal Street's spare industrial architecture. I decided on a simple color block design to exaggerate the shapes that were not very visible when it was just a white box. We covered the east side of the building in long horizontals which guide visitors into the lot, while a towering red vertical serves as a beacon visible far down Canal Street."

The oversized type on all four sides of the building is a playful nod to McCaslin's background in graphic design. On the south side of the building appears a quote from Hippocrates: "Life is Short, Art is Long", selected as the overwhelming favorite of the members of the LAA. The quote is optimistic and to the point that art endures.

"The photo mural", continues McCaslin, "represents the LAA community: people first, art second. It is the commitment and strength of community that has helped LAA last for 30 years and I wanted to express that visually."

"Art in the Community" A video produced by Lina Morielli -- Morielli's video highlights the arts communities of Stamford CT with archival footage as well as commentaries by and interviews with Steve Karp from Stamford Theatre Works; Laurence Gilgore, Maestro of the Connecticut Grand Opera; Marti Etter from the Ballet School of Stamford; as well as Juliana Sciolla, former director of Stamford Cultural Development Corporation, who helped many grass roots organizations grow to be vital contributors to quality artistic experiences in Stamford CT. "Art in the Community" will run continuously throughout Open Studios.

"Fall Open Studios Weekend" will take place on Friday, November 7 from 6-9 pm, Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9 from 11 am to 5 pm at 845 Canal Street in Stamford. Admission and parking are free. (A $5 donation is suggested). For directions and more information visit www.loftartists.com or call 203-323-4153.

Sponsored in part by The City Arts Partnership Program Grant; Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor; Antares Real Estate; Harbor Point; Kim Harris; Louis J. Kuriansky Fund; The Rosenthal Family Foundation; Ivan Burns; Design Monsters; Crystal Rock; and Wagner Instruments.

The Loft Artist Association, a non-profit organization, has resided in the south end of Stamford for over 30 years. In 2007 the group, with the support of Antares Development and Mayor Dannel Malloy, moved to their new home on Canal and Ludlow Streets from the Mill Building at the old Yale and Town complex.

The Loft Artist Gallery is at 845 Canal St, Stamford CT.
Gallery hours are Friday - Sunday, 12-5 pm.
Visit www.loftartists.com for more information and directions.

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Media information :

• Artist images are available at this web link
http://www.loftartists.com/PR/OS08_LAA_Artists.html
(More will be added as they are made available.)

• Contact Susan McCaslin at (203) 559-8172 to schedule interviews or photo opportunities.

"Art in the Community"

To view or for more information on the video, contact Lina Morielli at (203) 858-3082