City-Wide Open Studios Tour

Help spread the word about the “guided tour” I’ll be leading of four artist studios in and around New Haven on October 18 at 3 p.m. as part of City-Wide Open Studios.  Here’s the info from their site:

As an Americanist, Rena Tobey gives talks and leads interactive public tours for museums, as well as writes about American art.  Her particular interest centers on the development of and challenges to American identity as read through painting.  In addition to researching historical works, she also conducts interviews and collects oral histories with contemporary artists. Rena is passionate about resuscitating awareness of nearly-forgotten American women artists.

Rena’s tour is on 10/18 from 3-5 pm, the starting location TBA, and will visit the following artists:

Karen Dow


Susan Clinard


Stephen Grossman

Bill Meddick

My plan for each studio is to let people look around on their own first, then join the artist and me for a dialogue in front of one work.  We’ll explore the artist’s process, intention, and underlying narratives in the particular work.  Everyone will have a chance to ask questions, too.  We’ll use the time on the shuttle bus between studios to draw connections and comparisons among the artists we visit and explore an over-arching theme for our time together.

Here’s the link for tickets.  Pre-registration is required.

Join me in meeting these artists.