Five tips for you to get the most out of GOS 2017
I'm looking forward to welcoming you to my studio this weekend for Gowanus Open Studios 2017. Given the broad geography and sheer number (350+) of participating artists, here are five tips as you consider how to make the most of your time and energy:
1. Have a general game plan.
Thinking ahead about why you are coming and how to accomplish that can help you get the most out of the weekend. For example: You want to support a friend or an artist you know OR you want to see a large range of art being made in Gowanus today OR looking for that perfect piece to hang in your living room. A good place to start is the online artist directory or if that seems overwhelming, there are seven pre-curated sets of artists for you to consider. Of course, starting off at MY studio seems like a good first step!
2. Make this your OWN event.
When you get to the neighborhood, a good way to get started will be to pick up a printed guide which has a map and list of artists, and Special Offers from our sponsors (my studio building will have an info desk in the lobby). And off you go! There are no rules for Gowanus Open Studios. Artists open their doors, you go in. That’s it. It is okay to stay a very long time in one studio OR to stay only one second in a studio; it is okay to talk to every artist and okay to talk to no artists. (Keep in mind if you engage in conversation with an artist, there might be others who also want to have a chat.)
3. Connect with your favorite artists.
It can be very satisfying to follow an artist’s process and career over time. It’s so easy now, when you find an artist you like, to sign up for their emails or follow them on social media. Or if you are generally interested in the artist community in Gowanus, sign up to join the Arts Gowanus email list (artsgowanus.org).
4. Prepare for your next steps.
If you weren't able to have an in-depth conversation with an artist or are interested in seeing more of their work (many artists, including me, display only a part of their portfolio during GOS), be sure to get an email address to make an appointment for a future studio visit. If you saw artwork that you think a friend will like, be sure to take the artist's business card or take note of their artist's website address.
5. Pace yourself and take breaks!
Don’t forget to take a break or two to give your feet a rest, clear your head, and refuel. Make time for some of the delicious restaurants and amazing food/drink spots in Gowanus. Check out the list of wonderful GOS 2017 sponsors for some ideas. Several are within a couple of blocks from my studio - ask me for recommendations!
See you soon!
Doors will be open Noon to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 21 & 22.
There's more information about Gowanus Open Studios under Exhibitions.