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Sunday, April 6, 2014

YOHO Artists Open Studio Weekend

Spring is finally here and that means that the YoHo Open Studio weekend event is around the corner! My family's favorite art studio tour will be held on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th from noon to 6pm, each day. Make the trip to the historic Alexander A. Smith Carpet mills, an industrial complex in Yonkers that closed in the late 1980's and was slowly, reoccupied by artists who needed affordable studio spaces. The expansive work spaces flooded with natural light became reinvented as a hub of creativity.  Today, YOHO Artists  is comprised of more than 30 participating resident artists, artisans and digital media professionals, working in a wide variety of disciplines, who live in NYC, Westchester and New Jersey and commute to their studios. Last year, the event attracted more than 800 visitors to the studios.   This is the 11th year of this event.   
             When my daughter was younger we appreciated that all the studios were located in one factory building complex making it easy to access them with it's large elevators and wide corridors.  More importantly there were always many friendly artists eager to share their knowledge and allow visitors to watch them working up close.  Over the years the collective has added arts and crafts activities and an art theme game for children to try while on the tour.  One of our favorite artists to visit is Librado Romero.  He is always welcoming, and often invites kids to put some brush strokes on a canvas.  What an thrill that is for them and memorable experience they come away with. Their creative ideas are validated and encouraged by a wise and talented artist.
The Metro North Commuter Rail Service provides easy access to Yonkers directly from Manhattan and Grand Central Station. There is free parking on the site  and elevator access. There is live music scheduled and some refreshments served.  
578 Neppherhan Ave. Yonkers, NY.  10701 
YoHo Artists has a  Facebook page.   
photo: Librado Romero in his studio   photo credit: Mary Hardiman