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Home to more private art galleries and studios than any place in the world, the West Chelsea arts district is a destination for art lovers every day of the year — and on one of those days, every year, a destination event affords casual observers and serious collectors alike the rare opportunity to access a multitude of styles and mediums, purchase works directly from the artists’ inventory and lay claim to the discovery of new talent before their work appears on gallery walls. As sprawling and visually appealing as the elevated park its name invokes, “High Line Open Studios” is a self-guided tour of work spaces normally open by appointment only — allowing visitors to gain unique insights into the creative process through a dialogue that strips away the layers between artist and enthusiast. “This year,” notes organizer and participant Scotto Mycklebust, “we are able to take the event to a new level with over 50 artists opening their studios to the public and potential buyers.”
Free. Sat., March 9, from 12-6pm. Self-guided tours begin at the West Chelsea Arts Building (526 W. 26th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.), where you can pick up a map of nine buildings with open studios. For info, visit highlineopenstudios.org.