The Art Drive

Welcome to the ART DRIVE

Saturday and Sunday
August 6th and 7th, 2016
10 am - 5pm

Check back soon for updated information.


Now in our eighth year, this open studio event organized by Dartmouth and Westport artists of diverse and unique talents emphasizes educating visitors in some very unusual and dramatic studio settings, spotted among the area’s villages, lovely farm land and sea coast. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the works of a guest artists at several of the studios.

Art Drive artists and friends have been invited to create their own unique version of the bonito, all of which will be displayed for two weeks at various sponsor locations  and then sold on eBay via our website. The Bodacoius Bonito auction will run from Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 10. The locations of individual fish will be indicated on our website along with bidding details

Please check for more samples of participants’ work. Enjoy the art, the artists and the area, and afterwards please revisit the website and let us know your thoughts. Thanks for your interest.   

The Bodacious Bonito. Following the past five years of enthusiastically received large-scale artistic renditions of the Flippin Flounder, Classic Cod, Yellow Fin Tuna, Striped Bass and Blue Fish, this year our artists will apply their unique talents to new, colorful and imaginative depictions of the Bonito, another species also known to the area. 

Here’s Where to See Them: 

From July 1-July 23, 10 of the School of Bonito will be on display in the Rhode Island Botanic Center in Roger Williams Park.  The Botanic Center is one of Providence’s hidden gems with over 12,000 square feet of gardens, including New England’s largest indoor garden space. The Botanic Center is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11-4.   

Before they all go on display at their various locations you’ll be able to view them Friday, July 24th at the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery during their summer Sunset Music Series. This concert features One Bad Ant with Gary Duquette, a long-time local favorite. Concerts begin at 6pm. See for details and for weather cancellations. 

During the tour the fish will be on display at each individual artists studio. Those done by invited guest artists will be hosted by a participating artist at their studio. Please check our website for locations.

Each year we ask each participating artist to individually donate 5 to 10% of proceeds from sales to the Lloyd Center for the Environment — a way to support an organization dedicated to education of our natural local environment and an inspiration to many of the artists who work and live in the area.

The Open Studio Tour through the Coastal Villages
of Dartmouth and Westport

  • Susan Strauss Painting