This past Sunday, October 3rd, I spent the day perusing the new Project Storefronts on Orange Street, as they were open in conjunction with City Wide Open Studios.  If you have not seen them yet, I highly recommend checking them out!  I think they’re an amazing use of storefront space in New Haven, and a vital way to foster more of an art/creative community in a city that has seen decline in both art and commerce the past few years.  I love the idea of giving an artists a chance to help carve out part of New Haven’s identity, and felt enlivened by visiting the spaces.

First I headed over to Detritus for a workshop

Beth Ann Royer and Edgar Garcia conducted a really neat workshop in how to make chapbooks

The group made some really well executed books!

Beth, Edgar, and Detritus also provided a great selection of artist books to flip through and be inspired by

I really can’t say enough about how great Detritus is; what an awesome resource for New Haven!  My book Circles is now available there

I checked out some of the other gallery spaces in Project Storefronts.  They look great!

The Crosby Street Gallery, a pop-up gallery in Project Storefronts

Next I headed over to Hanni Bresnick‘s studio on Lyon Street.  Hanni used to run Grand Projects not that long ago, remember it?

This ice cube tray sculpture was one of my favorite pieces of the weekend

Paintings of sculptures or sculptures of paintings?  I like those wall sculptures.

After that I had to head home, a bit sad I did not run into James Franco at City Wide Open Studios. He is a big contemporary collector…

Where are you, James?  Take a break from working on your fifth doctorate to support New Haven!


Caitlin Foster is an artist and illustrator currently based in Brooklyn, New York.  She has lived & exhibited her work throughout the country.  Raised in Connecticut, Caitlin has been affiliated with Artspace through the Flatfile program since 2006.

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