June 10: A Day for Art Lovers to See an Art Museum or Studio in Connecticut

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Whether you want to visit an artist’s studio or see some great art in some of Connecticut’s finest museums (or both), you can do that and take advantage of discounts and free offers around the state on Saturday, June 10.

Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, is designed to show off Connecticut’s museums, theaters, historical sites and other attractions across the state.

The annual celebration, now in its 13th year, encourages residents to discover the treasures in their own backyard and rediscover old favorites.

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Brookfield

  • Brookfield Craft Center
    Free reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., featuring a special showing of “Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison.”

Danbury

  • Art & Frame of Danbury LLC
    Gallery open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with an art opening of “Spring into Summer,” featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Gallery at Still River Editions
    Open from noon until 5 p.m., featuring an opening reception for the exhibit, “Connecticut: Morning, Noon & Night;” with light refreshments, art and conversation.

Norwalk

  • Norwalk Arts Commission
    Docent led tour of Norwalk’s WPA murals depicting the city’s oyster industry, paired with a boat ride out to view the oyster beds in Norwalk Harbor, provided by Captain Norman Bloom, a third generation Norwalk oysterman.  $10 per person and limited to 30 people. Schedule from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Ridgefield

HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN

Farmington

  • Hill-Stead Museum
    Buy one admission ticket and get one free, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Hartford

Middletown

  • Wesleyan Potters
    From 12 noon until 4 p.m. the center will have free tours and demonstrations, including pottery wheel throwing and fun activities for all ages. Watch the 2nd annual Pottery Olympics, featuring funny and amazing feats of clay work.

New Britain

  • New Britain Museum of American Art
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Darienite.com editor’s note: If you’re interested in the greatest American artists, this mid-sized museum, about an hour’s drive away, is a treasure.

New Haven

  • Yale Center for British Art
    Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering free Introductory Tours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.). These docent-led tours are of the Center’s collections, including the Founder’s Room.

NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT

Norfolk

  • Anita Holmes Home & Studio
    Open artist studio from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and offering 15% discount on all photographs.
  • Artisans Guild
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with “Adundant Love” free workshop with Karen Rossi at 2 p.m., and other artisan demonstrations throughout the day.
  • Ronald Sloane Studio
    Open artist studio from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. (enter through the Showstring Antiques & Gallery front door). Offering a small drawing for $1 per each visitor.
  • Ruthann Olsson Interior Arts & Design
    Open artist studio with showroom open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering complimentary refreshments.
  • Tom Hlas Art Studio
    Open artist home with an artist talk, along with refreshments, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Riverton

  • Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio/Gallery
    Studio open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., offering a free blow your own ornament workshop. Visitors can leave their contact information in a bowl with a drawing at the end of day for a free workshop.

Winsted

  • Tina’s Baskets & Woven Arts
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering 20% off on one item.
  • Whiting Mills
    Open artists’ studios from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the first 10 visitors will receive a free t-shirt or bag.