The Art Drive



The Art Drive Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Saturday and Sunday
August 12 and 13, 2017
10am - 5pm



Now in our tenth year, this open studio event organized by Dartmouth and Westport artists emphasizes educating visitors in some very unusual and dramatic studio settings, spotted among the area’s villages, lovely farm land and sea coast. 

The Art Drive, a juried studio tour, showcases creative and professional works by participating artists, some of the area’s premier painters, ceramic artists, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists, woodworkers, metal artists, and more participate in this annual event. Each year participating members endeavor to improve and enhance the quality and diversity of work offered to visitors. The Art Drive is intended to be a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings and uniquely emphasizes a consistently high level of professionalism and quality. 

Art lovers and collectors alike will enjoy a great day trip (or weekend escape) while touring the historic Southcoast towns of Dartmouth and Westport. With only 15 miles separating the studios, visitors will enjoy a scenic drive through this picturesque area with ample time for a picnic lunch at the beach or dinner at one of the many area restaurants. 

The Art Drive donates a percentage of their sales to the Lloyd Center for the Environment, a non-profit organization that provides educational programs on aquatic environments and supports scenic, public walking trails through 82 acres of estuaries and salt marshes in South Dartmouth, MA. 



Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 29 

10am-3pm: Sealed Bid Auction and Art Drive Fundraiser During Padanaram Village Summer Festival 

South Wharf | 218 Elm Street, South Dartmouth 

Artists’ creations, in 10” x 10” format, in lieu of the fish from previous years, will be on display and available in a blind bid auction, some with a “Buy It Now” price! Bid anytime until 4pm!

3pm-5pm: 10th Anniversary Celebration!  

All artists, supporters, sponsors, and friends are invited! Join us for wine and light hors d’oeuvres as the Art Drive celebrates its tenth year! The Art Drive would not be possible without your continued support, and we want to thank you! 

A special thank you to South Wharf and Farm & Coast Market for hosting our Anniversary Celebration! 


Saturday, August 5 

10am-4pm: Pop-Up Preview Sale

Partners Village Store | 865 Main Road, Westport, MA  02790

Items from all 29 artists in one location! Each artist will be represented by an original work of art, available for immediate purchase. Get a glimpse of the work that you will see during the Art Drive, and help support our local artists and the Lloyd Center for the Environment with your purchase. 

Credit cards are welcome, and 25% of sales go directly to The Lloyd Center for the Environment for programming throughout the community. 


Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13 

10am-5pm: The Art Drive! 

The Art Drive open studio tour takes place along a 15-mile mapped route through the villages, farmland, and seacoast of Dartmouth and Westport. This unique studio tour of juried artists offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings, while emphasizing a consistently high level of professionalism and quality of work. 

Artists’ talks and demonstrations, scheduled at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm each day:


Saturday, August 12 

11:00:  Kirt Rebello – Metal Artist Insight into the art and the process 

1:00:  Gay Gillies – Mixed media artist Discussion about inspiration and artist’s process, showing of sketchbooks and ideas 

3:00:  Lynn Chadwick – Jewelry artist Beach Glass Charm – Lynn will demonstrate how to wrap wire around beach glass, stones, or shells to make a charm from your visit to the South Coast. 


Sunday, August 13 

11:00:  Susan Strauss – Painter Discussion about abstract art, plus showing of new mono prints and paintings 

1:00:  Wendy Goldsmith – Ceramic Artist Wendy will share inspirations and discuss the hand building process. 

3:00:  Sandra Hall – 2D mixed media artist “So you want to write a book…” discussion about writing and illustrating a children’s book 


The Open Studio Tour through the Coastal Villages
of Dartmouth and Westport

  • Peony Leaves
  • Sarah Daughn Painting