Explore Artists' Private Studios in Chelsea This Weekend

By Mathew Katz on October 18, 2013 12:34pm 

 Artist Dianne Athey shows off her work at the High Line Open Studios.
Artist Dianne Athey shows off her work at the High Line Open Studios.
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CHELSEA — More than 50 West Chelsea and Meatpacking District artists will throw open the doors to their private workspaces this weekend for the seventh annual High Line Open Studios.

The self-guided tour lets art lovers visit artists in their own studios, learning more about how they produce their work and enabling them to buy art directly from the artist.

The artists, spread out across 10 buildings, include the mixed-modal artist Arlene Rush, painter Dianne Athey, photographer Elisa Decker and printmaker William Evertson.

“The West Chelsea arts district is home to more private art galleries and studios than any place in the world, attracting artists and many art lovers and collectors," said Scotto Mycklebust, the event's producer and an artist himself.

"It's a great opportunity for the public to see what’s new in contemporary art today and talk to the artists about their works and visions of the world today.”

The event runs on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6  p.m.

Visitors can pick up a tour guide brochure from the lobby of the West Chelsea Arts Building, 508-526 W. 26th St., or at Westbeth Artists Housing', 55 Bethune St. The map is also available online.

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