Above, left to right, Susan Livada painting, Sue Kiewra up-cycled cashmere scarf, Judy Murrays napkins and potholders

First town Open Studios event next Saturday


By Joyce Westner Nov. 11, 2023


For years, Wolcott Rd. resident Sue Kiewra has been going to open studios in neighboring communities.  “I like the inspiration, love being able to talk to the artists,” she says.  And she asked herself why Winchester with so many artists has never had one.  So for the last year, Kiewra has been working to make it happen.


Next Saturday community institutions and individuals will host artists and their wares at several locations downtown, sponsored in part by the Cultural District and the Cultural Council along with Sue’s church, the Unitarian Society, as well as the First Congregational Church.


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Studio on the Common will also participate, as will the Griffin Museum of Photography; and on the same day the Farmers Market will hold its annual Thanksgiving Farmers Market at the Jenks Center.


It took a lot of effort for Kiewra to get this going—she started at the Cultural District and Farmers Market Manager Fred Yen suggested that it might work on the Thanksgiving Market Saturday.  He told here there’s also going to be a “Makers’ Fair” at the Town Hall that day too. (And Epiphany Church will hold its fair the same day.)  Kiewra is looking for to not only seeing all the art, but to “bringing people together.” 


And now that “we’ve done it once,” says Kiewra, “next year should be easier and easier.”


Grants from the town and state cultural councils helped fund advertising and other expenses.  There are currently more than 40 artists registered for the event. Admission will be free at all of the Open Studio locations.


For more information, see https://winchesterculturaldistrict.org/winchester-open-studios-2023.html



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