Creativity Connects Ridgefield
What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Ridgefield?
When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Ridgefield.
Creativity connects us.
Meet Suzanne Benton, artist.
Tell us about an organization in town that makes you feel good
The Ridgefield Centennial Portrait Project whereby 22 regional artists, many from the Art Collective of Westport, came together to create portraits of the working women of Town Hall. The 12x10 portraits were joined together to form an installation that now resides at Ridgefield Town Hall to the delight of all who enter the building and of course, the women who work in the building, generally behind the scenes. They are now celebrated for their contributions to the Town's well being. I founded and organized the project and it was a delight to work with the committed artists who donated their time and talent to this project.
Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?
As part of my Centennial Portrait Project, I set up a drawing table and stool for the artists to create their portraits, and I offered my Ridgefield studio to others. This community project created a legacy for the town, and brought people together. Building community is inspiring and satisfying, especially one that came to fruition so successfully. Otherwise, I greatly appreciate my town's library as it offers many cultural activities that inspire and enlighten. Founders Hall, our Senior Center offers wonderful classes by gifted presenters and is also a source of community connectivity.
In October, I opened my 2020 Secret Future work at West Lane Farm in South Salem (see photo #2). That's another thing I love about Ridgefield - the outreach to other communities.
What do you love about your community?
It's a beautiful town. I love the Y in Wilton where I swim, and the Ridgefield and Wilton Libraries that offer so many stimulating programs. Ridgefield's Main Street is not only beautiful but also a gathering place. The summer concerts in the park are another delight. Friends of course, that I’ve known for years, give a wonderful sense of belonging. We also have a wonderful Selectman and good government - equally so for legislators in Hartford.
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*photo #1 by Dariel Benton Updike