One thing I love about living in SoNo (South Norwalk, CT) are the places to go and people to see. Last night on our way walking to Kazu for a restaurant week dinner we noticed live music and tons of people outside one of the vacant buildings. We walked over to the space and to my excitement there were TONS of easels set up with huge sheets of drawing paper, lots of art implements, a model & free food and wine. All the makings for a great time! This was an open sketch night going on!! Since we were starving, we ate dinner and came back since it was going on until 10pm. So like moths to light we found easels and picked up chalk and started drawing! I haven't done any figure drawing since leaving RISD years ago, and I don't know if Chris has ever done figure drawing. Everyone there had a blast and you could see the enjoyment on people's faces from skilled artisans to the novice. I found the whole evening inspiring and can't wait for another.
Right now there are far too many vacant shops in town. One gallery owner of 22 Haviland Street Gallery is trying to add beauty and interest to these sad shells by placing art in the windows. Next time you visit town it's worth checking out what might be hanging in the window next to where you dine.