Over 50 diverse artists will open their studio doors for a peek inside their personal creative spaces Oct. 14-Oct. 16 for the High Line Open Studios. The event celebrates Chelsea’s contemporary art scene by allowing the public to go behind gallery walls and into the spaces where masterpieces take shape.
The free, self-guided art tour begins at the West Chelsea Arts Building on 26th Street, where visitors can grab a map of participating artists with studios nearby High Line Park. From there, pick and choose where to stop based on a specific artist, medium or location. At each stop visitors will have the rare opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions, experience the creative process and view work outside of the gallery environment.
Over the last decade, the epicenter of New York contemporary art has shifted to post-industrial Chelsea after nearby SoHo became too expensive for emerging artists.
Chelsea’s abandoned factories — offering natural light and plenty of open space — were artfully revitalized into creative spaces for hundreds of artists. Now, the west-side neighborhood is home to over 350 art galleries and countless studios. High Line Open Studios, founded in 2007 by a group of four local artists, affirms Chelsea’s art success.
For more information, including a complete list of participating artists, click here.