Walk this way...

The New York art scene has been getting a lot of flak lately. But as any art-savvy New Yorker knows, Chelsea’s cup still runneth over (and over, and over...) with galleries and—for the time being—
studios, 50 of which are opening their doors to the public this weekend for the Chelsea High Line Open Studios Art Walk.

What started four years ago as a grassroots program in the name of creative camaraderie (artists were invited to participate via flyers stuck under their doors) has been revamped as a concentrated effort with a more visually appealing ad campaign and some local fancy restaurant sponsors.  Catch a group show of participating artists at  Art Gotham, or studiohop today, Saturday and Sunday.

With rents doubling and the High Line redevelopment on the horizon, it’s no surprise that artists are fleeing the neighborhood in favor of cheaper pastures.  But that won’t stop Xanda McCagg, a painter with a studio along the High Line and a principal architect of the Open Studios operation, who is determined to continue the project until the last studio is standing. “As long as artist are here, we’ll be doing this,” she said.

For more info, including a map of participating studios, click here.