More than 100 artisans showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts will be featured at the 5th Annual Norwalk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free.
Juried exhibitors, many new to the show, will share their unique talents and creativity in painted wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more at this nationally recognized event. The Festival is held on the beautiful grounds of Mathews Park (295 West Avenue) in Norwalk, Connecticut. All exhibited works are available for purchase.
“The Norwalk Art Festival has a reputation for excellence and offers an engaging experience for people of all ages, from the art and the music to the educational activities and the food,” says Sue Brown Gordon, the Festival organizer. “Patrons appreciate the opportunity to interact directly with the highly-skilled artists and craftspeople who come from all over the country.”
The 5th Annual Norwalk Art Festival features fun, educational activities for children, international cuisine, and live music performances. Ed Wright will perform his original guitar music on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Classical guitarist Annalisa Ewald also will perform both days. On Saturday, students of Rebecca Christopherson will participate in a Suzuki Violin Method recital from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the Children’s Art Area. At 1:00 pm Mayor Harry Rilling will celebrate the Norwalk Art Festival with a creative experience in which he will be the subject of an original poetic work at the “Poet’s Corner,” a new highlight of the Festival.
The “Poet’s Corner” will feature improv poetry writing and a special array of writers and performers each day. Patrons will hear Connecticut poets read their most outstanding work on the stage. While there, you can enjoy a personalized poem at the “A Poem Tailored Just for You” desk or participate in a group recital of poems written by local poets in the “Poetry Flash Mob” event coordinated by poet and spoken word artist Jerry T. Johnson. Other featured poets will include Norwalk Poet Laureate Laurel Peterson; Wallingford Poet Laureate Tarn Granucci; writer, poet, artist and filmmaker Mark Saba; writer and poet Richard Duffee.
All exhibitors will be present to showcase their work and, with demonstrations and text, inform patrons about their creative process. Hands-on craft activities for all ages are available at no additional charge in the Children’s Art Area.
The newly remodeled galleries of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking will be open, featuring the Miniature Print Show, as will Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum will be offering mini tours for the special admission of $5 during Festival hours. At the Festival entrance, patrons will have an opportunity to become members of the museums and CCP at a discount, and additional savings will be available at the Festival and in the museum stores.
Mathews Park is located at 295 West Avenue and is easily reached from Exits 14N or 15S off I-95. The Park is a short walk or shuttle ride from the Metro-North Railroad South Norwalk Station. Parking is free in Mathews Park and across the street. There is also parking available in the South Norwalk garages, from which visitors can take the beautiful river front stroll to the park.
For additional information, visit the website or call (518) 852-6478.