Now in its twelfth year, this open studio event organized by Dartmouth and Westport artists educates visitors and positively impacts the local economy. The Art Drive is intended to be a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings, spotted among the area’s villages, lovely farm land and sea coast.
The Art Drive, a juried studio tour, showcases creative and professional works by participating artists. Some of the area’s premier painters, ceramic artists, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists, woodworkers, and metal artists participate in this annual event. Each year members endeavor to improve and enhance the quality and diversity of work offered to visitors.
Art lovers and collectors alike will enjoy a great day trip, or weekend escape, while touring the historic Southcoast towns of Dartmouth and Westport. With only 15 miles separating the studios, visitors will enjoy a scenic drive through this picturesque area with ample time for a picnic lunch at the beach or dinner at one of the many area restaurants.
What happened to the fish?
Historically, the Art Drive artists created large, colorful depictions of a popular species of fish. Beginning last year, Art Drive artists changed direction for the 10th anniversary of the Drive. Participants now aim to focus their time on creating an abundance of quality work in their studios.
The mission of the Art Drive is to organize an open studio tour and promote artists in Southeastern Massachusetts, providing the public with unique opportunities to meet artists and explore a wide variety of art forms. The Art Drive supports artists in the Dartmouth/Westport community and cultivates public awareness of the area as a center for art by offering intellectually stimulating and professional quality artwork. By providing the opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell original works of art to the public, the arts community has developed a sense of shared support. With an online directory and artist profiles, professionally designed and printed brochures with tour map, and targeted promotional materials, the Art Drive provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its artists and anyone who participates in the weekend tour.
The annual Art Drive is a magical experience! My friends and I mention it throughout the year as we recall our inspiring interaction with art makers, the diverse images and approaches to art that we come upon, and the beautiful scenery as we meander through the area. We always include a stop at Partners for lunch, and inevitably go home with a few purchases. Gosh, it’s great just writing about it! Can’t wait.”
Nancy Rowett, Providence, RI
If you are an art lover, the Art Drive is a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. We loved meeting the artists at their studios and seeing all the different media they work in, from painting to photography to sculpture.”
Alison Elliott & Steve Blank, Tiverton, RI
As an annual visitor to The Art Drive, I look forward to seeing new work every year. Getting to meet artists in their studio is a rare chance to see a range of current work and respond viscerally to the work that speaks to you.”
Judy Siegle, Boston and Dartmouth