[ In the Press ]
City-Wide Open Studios Opens With a Blast
U.S. Air Force bugler Carl Stanley has awakened soldiers hundreds of times in the early morning with the getty-up notes of his trumpet, including during four months in Afghanistan.
At Artspace he blew a stirring reveille—in the evening. He blew it to bestir troops not of soldiers but of artists as they launched the annual City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) 21-day municipal art extravaganza.
The occasion was the kick-off party Friday night at Artspace’s headquarters downtown at Orange and Crown, where many of the 334 participating CWOS artists mingled and checked out a single example of each other’s work that decorated the walls.
Artspace’s Helen Kauder explained that the theme this year is reveille—to call attention to the Goffe Street Armory, where the third, “alternative space” weekend of CWOS takes place, Oct. 26-7.
“It’s also a kind of metaphor for what we do with Open Studios, a kind of awakening of artists, an awakening of the city to artists,” she added. This year she would like people to consider the awakening of the armory as a potential new cultural venue for the city.
Stanley, who is now a graduate student of the trumpet at Yale School of Music, said he enjoyed his first-ever civilian reveille. Usually his posture is more “locked up” when you play at formal military occasions, he said.
He said he found the art world, or at least the 16th annual CWOS version, far more relaxed. “I just let it flow,” he said.