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


the ART DRIVE — August 6 and 7, 2016

9th Annual Artists' Open Studio tour along Massachusetts’ scenic South Coast to feature “Blue Fish,” demonstrations, and guest artists


Dartmouth and Westport, MA – On August 6-7, 2016 the Art Drive will hold its 9th annual open studio tour, with 34 Dartmouth and Westport artists opening their studios to the public.

Some of the area’s premier painters, ceramic artists, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, metal artists and other artists participate in this annual event. The Art Drive, with its juried membership, uniquely emphasizes a consistently high level of professionalism and quality in unusual and dramatic studio settings.

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.

The Art Drive artists individually donate a percentage of their sales from the weekend to the Lloyd Center for the Environment, a non-profit organization that provides educational programs on aquatic environments and supports scenic, public walking trails through 82 acres of estuaries and salt marshes in South Dartmouth, MA.

“The Blues are Back!” - What about these fish hanging around the area?

Each year, the Art Drive artists apply their creativity and style to create large, colorful depictions of popular species of fish. This year, “The Blues are Back” as the Art Drive artists have chosen to return to the blue fish, the species chosen by the artists in the first year the Art Drive created fish.

Created in a wide range of mediums and displayed throughout the Southcoast, these four-foot long blue fish will be previewed in public spaces and events, as well as in front of local shops, businesses and other sites in Dartmouth and Westport in the months leading up to the Art Drive weekend. Several fish will also be on display at the Rhode Island Botanical Center during the month of June. The fish serve several purposes for the Art Drive that include: challenging our artists in their mediums; raising awareness and support for our artists and the At Drive; and supporting local efforts for the environment.

As the weekend of the Art Drive approaches, the fish will be auctioned off on EBay and the proceeds of the sales will go to support the Art Drive, the artists and the Lloyd Center for the Environment.

Schedule of Events:

June 1 - 29 – Fish will be displayed at the Roger Williams Botanical Center
June 4, 10 am to 3 pm – Fish will be displayed at the River Day Festival
July 8, 6 pm – Fish will be displayed at the Lloyd Center’s Annual Clambake
July 9, 5-7 pm – Fish will be on displayed at Deedee Shattuck’s Gallery
July 22 - 23, 11 am-6 pm – Fish will be displayed at Buzzard’s Bay Brewing
July 24, 11 am-6 pm – Fish will be displayed at Partners Village Store
July 30, 9 am-4 pm – Fish will be displayed at Padanaram Day
August 6 - 7 – The Art Drive open studio tour!
August 8 – The EBay auction for the Art Drive fish ends!

The Art Drive Weekend - Saturday, August 6 & Sunday August 7, 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The Art Drive open studio tour takes place along a 15-mile mapped route through the villages, farmland and seacoast of Dartmouth and Westport.

Some Key points about the weekend of the Art Drive:

  • “The Blues are back” blue fish, created by our artists will be on display in the artists’ studios.
  • Several artists will perform scheduled demonstrations of their craft at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm each day. Check our website for more details. 
  • Guest artists will be present at several Art Drive studios.
  • Rising Stars – Dartmouth and Westport high school students’ art will be displayed at an exhibit at South Wharf during the weekend. This location will also provide information about the tour and artists.
  • The “Blues are Back” fish will be auctioned off on EBay, the weekend of the Art Drive, visit our website for more details.
  • The Art Drive’s website is:

The 2016 Art Drive artists: Carol Bliven, Maddy Bragar, Peggy Call-Conley, Beverly Carter, Sarah Daughn, Deborah Ehrens, Maureen Flemming, Ray Genereux, Wendy Goldsmith, Vidar Haaland, Sandra Hall, Nancy Hayes, Michael Hubert, Donna Huse, Marty Keating, Caitlyn Kenney, Ellen Langer, Jill Law, Frank McCoy, Barbara McDowell, Colin McKenna, Dora Atwater-Millikin, Patricia Poineau, JP Powell, Barbara Purdy, Marjorie Puryear, Kirt Rebello, Anne Carrozza Remick, Stephen Remick, Jim Sears, Martha Sears, Susan Strauss, Joney Swift, and Debra Valeri.

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:


Anne Whiting Real Estate, Bayside Restaurant, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Deedee Shatuck Gallery, Flora and Fogilia, Inc, Friends Academy, Howland, Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett, LLP., Lee’s Market Wine and Spirits, Little Moss, Sylvia Group, William Raveis


6 ½ Bridge Street Gallery, Bay Coast Bank, Dartmouth Ace Hardware, Elizabeth Brinkerhoff, Dartmouth Dermatology, Dartmouth Early Learning Center, Davoll's General Store, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Details and Design, DSK Dewing Schmid and Kearns, Folia, Milbury and Company, Norton Gallery, Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Running Brook Winery, Susanna Ries, The Law Offices of Rusitzky and Russell, The Village Merchant, Westport Lobster

Eateries and Brewery Support:

Bayside Restaurant, Beach Plum Café, Black Bass Grille, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Little Moss, Not Your Average Joes, Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Handy Hill Creamery, Salvadors Ice Cream

For more information on the ART Drive artists, sponsors, demonstration times and a map of the route, visit: