Samuel Johnson, the creator of the 1755 Dictionary of the English Language defined a patron as “one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help.” Sure, that’s not what he wrote in the dictionary itself; the quote was more likely coined around the dinner table while Johnson held forth to guests. Regardless, it’s an instructive bit of wit for those of us who fancy ourselves appreciators, collectors, or (dare we say) patrons of the arts. That is to say, a great place to take your inner-art-patron out for a walk might be School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour this weekend.
It’s a chance to tour local galleries and studios, and meet and talk with the artists themselves. So many artists rarely open up all at once, which makes this a particularly rich and special opportunity. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into so many artists’ different processes may serve to inspire young or beginning artists, and excite art lovers and collectors. School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour is an annual city-wide event that has been going on for the last twenty years. There are so many artists and galleries participating, you can likely find artists in your own neighborhood, or take the opportunity to hop around the city soaking it all up.
School 33’s Open Studio Tour takes place this Saturday and Sunday (October 20 & 21) from 10am-6pm. For details on participating artists, visit www.school33.org.