“Stamford is going to just flood artists”
The streets of downtown Stamford will transform into one large art exhibit this weekend for the City’s first ever Artwalk. The free event, created by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, will showcase more than 90 artists in shops, restaurants, and galleries downtown.
Stamford DSSD President Sandy Goldstein says, “We want to make sure that people recognize the downtown as an art venue.”
Patrons can visit over 35 venues on the Artwalk route, where they will run into live music, performances, and special activities a long the way.
Artwalk curator Valerie Cooper says, “It’s just a wonderful conglomerate of diversity, culture, of different nationalities, and my vision was to put something together that reflected exactly what Stamford sort of stands for.”
The Old Town Hall Museum and UConn’s campus art gallery are just two of six participating galleries that will feature special exhibits for the event.
“Everything here has to be created with either a…smart phone or manipulated on an iPad,” says Lina Morielli, curator of the Old Town Hall’s “smART” exhibit.
“This exhibit is called Different Strokes and it’s by a collection of artists from Westport called The Pinkhouse Painters and I believe we’re exhibiting 33 individual artists here,” says Gary Faulkner, volunteer at the UConn art gallery.
Stamford’s Artwalk will take place on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.
“Everyone will walk around with map in hand, scouting out their favorite shops and their favorite artists,” Cooper says.
The event will kick off Friday with an opening celebration at Bar Rosso. For a schedule of events and map of participating locations, visit the link below.