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Learn About Washed Ashore Treasures At Norwalk Historical Society

Fairfield County artist and Sea Glass enthusiast, Alyssa Shapiro, will be giving a presentation entitled, Sea Glass: History and Mystery, at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, on Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m.
Fairfield County artist and Sea Glass enthusiast, Alyssa Shapiro, will be giving a presentation entitled, Sea Glass: History and Mystery, at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, on Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. — Sea glass enthusiast Alyssa Shapiro will delight visitors with a new presentation, "Sea Glass: History and Mystery," at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

The presentation will be on Wednesday, July 27, at 6 p,m. The museum is located at 141 East Ave. next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors.

Sea glass is also known as mermaid's tears and beach jewels. But whatever the name, people have been collecting these fascinating pieces of washed-up treasure for centuries all over the world.

With its long industrious and recreational past, find out why Norwalk is a choice sea glass location in Shapiro's lecture.

Ever wonder where the glass comes from and how to tell its age? Shapiro has the answers. She will also discuss color varieties and their degree of rarity as well has how plastic, recycling and environmental concerns are all making sea glass a fast, disappearing find.

The evening will conclude with light refreshments and the gift shop will be open, where Shapiro is featured as Artist of the Month for July and August.

Shapiro, a Norwalk resident and obsessive beachcomber, has collected about 200 pounds of glass to date from the Connecticut shoreline.

Inspired by the color and beauty of weathered glass, she makes photographic images and compositions. Her Tidings Sea Glass Designs cards, shadow boxes and art frames have been featured at the Rowayton Art Center, Museum gift shops in Greenwich and Fairfield.

She is also an exhibiting artist at the Rowayton Art Center.

Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave. Admission is $5 and light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

RSVP is required to: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org .

The Norwalk Historical Society is a nonprofit organization. For information: email info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

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