About Our Auction
In honor of its 15th year, the Art drive is giving back – fifty percent of all silent auction proceeds will go to the Westport Land Conservation Trust in honor of Dedee Shattuck as a thank you for her dedication and continued support of the arts and our community.
About the Art drive
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, and metal artists participate in this annual event. The Art Drive is intended to be a unique opportunity to visit working artists in their unusual and dramatic studio settings, spotted among the area’s villages, lovely farm land and sea coast.
The mission of the Art drive is to organize an open studio tour and promote artists in Southeastern Massachusetts, providing the public with unique opportunities to meet artists and explore a wide variety of art forms. The Art drive supports artists in the Dartmouth/Westport communities and cultivates public awareness of the area as a center for art by offering intellectually stimulating and professional quality artworks.
By providing the opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell original works of art to the public, the arts community has developed a sense of shared support. With an online directory and artist profiles, professionally designed and printed brochures with tour map, and targeted promotional materials, the Art drive provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its artists and anyone who participates in the weekend tour.
How does the Art drive happen?
Each year the Art drive is organized by all of its participating members, with a core group of artists who volunteer to be on the Art drive committee. All artists pay an annual fee to be included on the tour. The Art drive is an unincorporated nonprofit organization, and it receives generous support from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust and both the Dartmouth and Westport Cultural Councils, local chapters of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to grant support, the Art drive is sustained by contributions from local businesses and individuals.