The art community can anticipate a banner year for the area’s premier exhibition of local and regional artists, as the Annual Art Show hosted by The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The event, which takes place March 30 – April 1, 2012, will feature pieces from over 100 artists, as well as a destination boutique and a café (Saturday and Sunday only), and interior design inspirations throughout the Burr Homestead, from 10am to 5pm daily.
“The Annual Art Show features something for everyone, at all price points, from the traditionalist looking for a landscape, to a loft-dweller interested in black-and-white photography. We are proud to be able to gather top artists from throughout the region under one historic roof,” said 2011-2012 JLEFC president Hannah Everard.
The show will feature both traditional representational paintings and contemporary abstract works at affordable prices, as well as photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture by artists represented by galleries throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. Noted artists who are returning to the show to exhibit their work include Claudia Mengel, an elected member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists noted for her abstract paintings and prints; Stephanie Peterson, the illustrator of the popular Peek-a-Moo! children’s book series; Anda Styler, whose work focuses on the magic of the New England landscape; and Ellen Hovercamp, whose digital scans of flowers illustrated the recently published “Natural Companions” by noted garden writer Ken Druse.
New artists in the show this year include Ann Mallory, whose ceramic sculpture was awarded Best in Show at the 2011 Westport Fine Arts Festival; Jay Misencik, whose photographs of Bridgeport’s Palace and Majestic Theaters were featured in a recent exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and History Center; and Ken Scaglia, awarded Best in Show at the 2011 Friends of Hall-Brooke Art Show for his realist paintings of classic cars.
In addition to the art on show, the Burr Mansion will provide additional inspiration via interior decoration throughout the space, focusing on the historic mantelpieces in the home. This year’s designers are Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs, Victoria Ross of Victoria Ross Florals & Events, Christopher Stevens of Christopher Stevens LLC, Sarah Weiland of Tusk Home and Design LLC, Robin O’Neil of robin’s nest design LLC and Desiree Witt of The Pious Bird of Good Omen.
On Saturday and Sunday portrait artists will be on hand to create a more personal piece of art for patrons to take home.• Beverly Branch will paint half hour acrylic portrait sketches on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.• Joan Elizabeth Goodman, a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, will be doing half hour colored pencil portrait sketches. Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.• Carol Lebeaux will create silhouette portraits Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Portrait appointments may be made in advance by calling the League office at (203) 259-9995.
After a successful first year, the Boutique will also be returning to the Art Show on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Filled with vendors from throughout the region with wares for all tastes and budgets, the Boutique expands on the Art Show’s motto: “Beautify your home; better your community.” On offer will be jewelry, objets d’art, stationery, home goods, fashion accessories, and other unexpected treats. Anticipated vendors include the sophisticated scents of Jo Malone, the original jewelry of Silpada and Oliphant, women’s fashions from Flourishes and Bulabula Fashions, and exclusive handcrafted accessories from Nature Girl Designs and Bungalow Basics. Art Show attendees and Boutique shoppers will also be able to enjoy “gourmet road food” provided by Bistro Box in the tent café, as well as live piano music by Russell Wickett and live guitar by Henry Boyd.
Funds raised from art sales and other weekend events support the JLEFC and its community projects. Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 in advance. Seniors are $5 and children under 12 attend for free.Members of the community are invited to come celebrate the 20th Annual Art Show at its Great Gatsby Preview Gala on Friday, March 30th 6:30 to 10:30 at the Burr Homestead. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.jlefc.org and are priced at $100/person including dinner, live band, open bar and silent auction.
About The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Communities represented by the JLEFC include Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Newtown, Redding, Shelton, Southport, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston and Westport. For more information about the League or volunteer opportunities, please visit us online at http://www.jlefc.org or call 203-259-9995.