The Art Drive

Press Release

Note to Editor to avoid confusion:  While there are other open studio events in the region, the Art Drive is exclusive to Dartmouth and Westport participant artists and artisans who work primarily from their home studios.  


Kirt Rebello: (508) 264-4201

Jodi Stevens:


The Art Drive – August 10 - 12, 2018
11th Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour through Dartmouth and Westport


Dartmouth and Westport, MA - On August 10-12, 2018 the Art Drive ( will hold its 11th annual open studio tour, with Dartmouth and Westport artists opening their studios to the public.
Now in our eleventh year, this open studio event organized by Dartmouth and Westport artists emphasizes educating visitors in some very 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, metal artists, and more participate in this annual event. Each year participating members endeavor to improve and enhance the quality and diversity of work offered to visitors. The Art Drive is intended to be a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings and uniquely emphasizes a consistently high level of professionalism and quality.
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.


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 10 - 12, 2018
10am-5pm: The Art Drive!

The Art Drive open studio tour takes place along a 15-mile mapped route through the villages, farmland, and seacoast of Dartmouth and Westport. This unique studio tour of juried artists offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings, while emphasizing a consistently high level of professionalism and quality of work.

Artists’ talks and demonstrations, scheduled at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm each day:



The 2018 Art Drive artists:

Carol Bliven, Peggy Call-Conley, Beverly Carter, Sarah Daughn, James Edwards, Deb Ehrens, Wendy Goldsmith, Vidar Haaland, Sandra Hall, Sharon Hardin, Anne Holtermann, Elizabeth Howland, Michael Hubert, Marty Keating, Janice Kissinger, Ellen Langer, Colin McKenna, Barbara Purdy, Kirt Rebello, Jim Sears, Martha Sears, Racket Shreve, Heather Stivison, Susan Strauss, Joney Swift, Caroline Unruh, and Michael Walden


Our Sponsors and Supporters

Along with the participating artists, the Art Drive is sponsored and supported by many wonderful local businesses! We greatly appreciate our:
Sponsors: Anne Whiting Real Estate; Bay Coast Bank; the Bayside Restaurant; Buzzards Bay Brewing; Dedee Shatuck Gallery; DSK: Dewing Schmid and Kearns; Farm & Coast Market; FLORA: Flora and Fogilia, Inc; Friends Academy; Howland, Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett, LLP; Lee’s Market Wine and Spirits; Little Moss; Milbury and Company; R.P. Valois & Company; Running Brook Vineyard & Winery; Sylvia Group; Westport Rivers Winery; William Raveis
Supporters: College Edge, LLC; Dartmouth Ace Hardware; Dartmouth Dermatology Dartmouth Early Learning Center; Divine Yoga; Folia; Gatlin’s Framing and Photography; Harmon & Robertson P.C.; Norton Gallery; Partners Village Store and Kitchen; The Law Offices of Rusitzky and Russell; The Village Merchant; Westport Lobster
Eateries, Wineries, and Brewery Support: Bayside Restaurant; Buzzards Bay Brewing; Farm & Coast Market; Little Moss; Not Your Average Joes; Partners Village Store and Kitchen; Running Brook Vineyard & Winery; Westport Rivers Winery; Handy Hill Ice Cream; Oxford Creamery; Salvadors Ice Cream