“Good morning America, how are you?” sang Expression Mondays East cohost Bobcat Carruthers, playing “City of New Orleans” — the Steeve Goodman song that Arlo Guthrie made famous — with guitarist Sal Fusco and Terence Clarke on harmonica.
Others in the audience answered with their own instruments, and another night of sharing and expression began.
There was plenty of finished art to see in West River Arts on Whalley Avenue as artists threw open the doors of their studios for City Wide Open Studios’s Westville weekend. For some artists the weekend was as much about making the art as showing it.
At the art school in upstate New York that 2016 Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) grad Ruby Gonzales Hernandez attended after leaving New Haven, some of her fellow minority students encountered death threats and other harassments — some written on the white boards of their dormitory rooms — especially in the days after the election of Donald Trump.
Hernandez has returned to New Haven, an emerging artist, with work created to understand and heal from that experience. She’s showing that and new works reflecting the trucha, the slang Spanish word for “resilient strength,” of her Fair Haven family and neighbors, many undocumented, a quality that she had not fully appreciated before.
A plan to transform a former Dixwell factory into an $5.8 million arts center got some support for its plans to make the former industrial space into studio space and residential units, with a lot less parking.
The dress forms outside of Civvies, a vintage clothing boutique at 845 Chapel St., change almost daily. In this respect, Civvies is not unlike the block it sits on between Orange and Church, where storefronts can turn over frequently.
An abandoned Dixwell factory — last known for turning out counterfeit Dr. Dre “Beats” and “Lg Tone+” headsets — could get new life and compete with New York City studios to house the next generation of emerging artists, under a plan detailed to the zoning board Tuesday night.