|Artist Eduardo Giannattasio greeting new arrivals to the studio. Giannattasio came up with the idea for the project, recruiting local resident Ann Marie Somma to help make it happen.|
Old factories are perfect places for art studios, with large well-lit spaces to work in, and little reason to worry about making a mess.
|The other end of the factory complex, well used by a variety of businesses.|
|Entrance to the studio.|
|Skylight inside the factory.|
I arrived twenty minutes after the Open Studio started and was pleased to find the place was packed. The audience was a mix of Waterbury residents and people from nearby towns. Clearly, establishing a regular artist residency program in Waterbury is a very viable idea.
|Joe Pisani was a major supporter of the project. His father, Frank Pisani, helped construct Calder's sculptures at Segre Iron Works in Waterbury.|
|Artist Deborah Napolitano|
|This flame-like sculpture by Raffaele Falcone will be installed on Phoenix Avenue.|
|Returning to the Source by William Papaleo will be installed in Library Park. From the label: "It symbolizes the regenerating possibilities for Waterbury through art. It also symbolizes the city's return to its roots through metal."|
Paintings, sketches, and prints were on display during the Open Studio.
Small models and variations of the five sculptures were also on view.
One added treat: displays of vintage equipment (because what old factory would be complete without vintage and antique furnishings?).
|Welding equipment used during the project. The helmet is not a stray motorcycle helmet--it's a colorful welding mask.|
|Welding machine used by Frank Pisani at Segre Iron Works to build Calder's sculptures.|
For more about the project, you can visit their Facebook page (On the Trail of Calder). Additionally, the Rep-Am published a good article covering the project on October 15.