Westville Brings The Heat With Open Studios

October 30, 2023, by Karen Ponzio- "The last weekend of October finally gifted the city a warm and sunny Saturday, but nowhere was it hotter than Westville, where a two-day neighborhood event — part of the artist-led City-Wide Open Studios — encompassed everything from galleries, creative collectives, and private residences to Edgewood Park and even pods on Central Avenue. At 11 a.m. sharp, Mistina Hanscom of Lotta Studios was outside her space hanging Open Studios banners on Whalley Avenue and greeting the many people who were ready and waiting on the sidewalks to take in all the art their hearts could stand. She noted that over the past two years Westville had seen a surge in foot traffic. “Our weekend foot traffic is what we were experiencing just on event weekends before,” she said. The combination of more restaurants, more artists, and no vacant storefronts has given the area a ​“good flow” of visitors. Add in this event, which people looked forward to annually, and ​“it just feels good.” “In the years past, even when Artspace was hosting it, Westville still kind of stood on its own with all the programming it has. It’s not any different for us,” Hanscom said..." Click HERE to comment and read full article.


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