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Museum's Festival Brings Art and Artists Outdoors

Look at art outdoors, and you'll see it in a whole new light. That's how paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures and mixed media pieces by 90 artists can be seen this weekend at the Bruce Museum's Outdoor Arts Festival in Greenwich. According to Festival Director Sue Brown Gordon, an 18-year veteran of guiding the juried show, "These artists are national award winners who come to our museum to share the most amazing art examples of the newest and most exciting trends in the arts today."

One of them is sculptor Drew Klotz of Weston. He's returning to the Bruce Museum's show for a sixth year with his colorful, kinetic sculptures, which last year received a first place prize. The indoor and outdoor works he'll display this weekend range in height from 3 to 12 feet. Klotz notes how, in past years, festivalgoers have interacted with his work, something that obviously pleases him. "When the wind blows, or kids play on them and when they're all moving, people are mesmerized by the color and the movement," he says. His sculptures have been exhibited widely in the United States, including at The Katonah Museum.

For the fourth year, Yorktown Heights resident Lila Turjanski-Villard is bringing her work to the Bruce Festival. "I will be showing wall and table sculptures made of paper-mixed media. These materials allow me to express my inspiration which is based on the human figure and the themes of space, movement and communication," she says. Among other distinctions, her pieces won first place at the 2010 Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. But clearly, the Bruce Museum's Festival is a favorite venue. Turjanski-Villard says, "It's amazing to be surrounded by such great artists. The organization of the show is wonderful. The whole experience including our location outside the museum and a beautiful landscape is a fulfilling artistic experience."

Armonk's Rosalind Oesterle , a watercolorist, returns to the festival this year with her elegant paintings, both representational and abstract. She, too, praises the special quality of the event, saying, "I have exhibited in the Bruce Museum Festival show for many years. It is a beautifully run show with carefully juried exhibitors. The setting is perfect for an early fall weekend. Also the museum's exhibits are always exceptional and a real treat for the Festival customers as well as the exhibiting artists." Oesterle's work was recognized with a First Place in Watercolor Award at the 2009 Armonk Outdoor Art Show and First Place in Watercolor at the Mystic Art Festival in 2010.

Be sure to stop by to meet these artists and see their compelling work at The Bruce Museum Art Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ongoing live music and educational family activities give kids a chance to express their own artistic sensibilities. A menu of tempting food for sale provides fuel for visitors who can also take a swing through The Bruce Museum, which is open during the Festival. Admission to the Festival and the Museum is $8. For more information, visit the museum's website .

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