We hope that we've made the Open Studios process fun and easy for you! We have provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you through the process; if you have a question that can't be answered here please feel free to email jp[at]artspacenh.org for help. Please be patient, as the Artspace staff is small and may take a few days in responding to queries. We also encourage artists to help one another in preparing for CWOS.
The CWOS festival fee covers your artist membership, participation in the Festival Exhibition at Artspace, and your presence in the printed guide. The total CWOS fee is $75—that fee is comprised of the cost of your membership ($50) and the cost of participating in CWOS ($25). If you have already renewed your membership, and it will not expire before the end of October, you will only be charged $25. The Alternative Space supplement is $25. For further information, please refer to our Registration Page.
After September 1, registered artist who wish to volunteer at the Alternative Space may contact Shannon Connors (shannon[at]artspacenh.org). Artists who volunteer at least eight hours will have their membership/registration fee reduced in November.
No. This year all participating artists must become members of Artspace—it is included in the cost of participation. Membership at Artspace allows access to your images and artist profile. You will also receive our e-news, information about artist opportunities throughout the year, and discounts for ticket workshops and Artspace merchandise.
Try to log into your artist profile on our website, artspacenh.org. Those whose membership has expired will be alerted. If you have forgotten your password, you may select the prompt that says "I forgot my password" and your password will be sent to your email address.
Yes. You will have the opportunity to enter an artist’s statement, bio/cv, link to an external website, and contact information. In addition you will be able to upload up to 20 images to your online portfolio.
The images must be in either JPG or GIF format. While there is no size restriction on files, Artspace encourages you to select reasonably sized images, as larger files take longer to upload. Please be sure to wait for each image to fully upload before continuing to edit your profile.
You are probably getting this message because you have not made your profile visible yet. To do this, check the box on the “My Artist Profile” page that says “make my artist profile visible” and be sure to click the “save” button at the bottom of the page.
Several venues offer temporary studio space for rent. Any rental fees are to be arranged between the venue and the artist directly.
Weekend 1 (Passport Weekend) October 6/7: West Cove Studio & Gallery, along with A-Space Gallery, will rent spaces for CWOS registered artists. 10,000 square feet of space is available. For further information contact Roy Smith (phone: 609.638.8501, email: rts3rd[at]hotmail.com). Furniture designers interested in showing their work should contact Jeff Carter (j2gcarter[at]gmail.com).
Both options have their distinct advantages. The Alternative Space will be open for several weeks for artists to be able to conceive and mount their installations in the presence of other artists. The Alternative Space is easily accessible from I-95 and will be seen by 185,000 people who drive by each day. West Cove and Erector Square are available for the weekend only, but offer move-in-ready conditions.
Each artist is invited to select a small (18” X 18” X 18”) work on paper or pedestal for the exhibition. Works must be from 2010 or later. Participation in the Festival Exhibition at Artspace is an integral part of the overall experience.
Works sold through the Festival Exhibition organized by Artspace are subject to a 30% commission. For sales made during your weekend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of a portion of your sale to help us cover the costs of the festival. In past years, artists have contributed 20% of such sales. We thank you for your generosity.
After you register, Artspace will furnish you with a digital invitation for you to distribute. CWOS graphics and social media guides for Facebook and Twitter can be found on the Press Toolkit Page starting in August. Our marketing works in tandem with the efforts of our participating artists, so please spread the word via your own social media network. During September and October, check your email and Artspace’s Facebook page regularly for updates and CWOS news.