NORWALK, Conn. -- Residents can put a little color in their lives and enjoy more than 125 artists showing one-of- a-kind ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography and other fine arts and crafts during the fourth annual Norwalk Art Festival this weekend.
The event will be held Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at Mathews Park on West Avenue in Norwalk.
Artists specializing in wood, wearable and decorative fiber, photography, metalwork, sculpture, mixed media, glass, ceramics and jewelry will share their unique talents and artwork at this nationally recognized event held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.
“The Norwalk Art Festival attracts a large audience because it offers such a wide variety of work, but also because of its reputation for excellence,” says Sue Brown Gordon, festival organizer. “Patrons also love the opportunity to interact directly with highly-skilled artists who come from all over the country.”
In addition to art, the festival includes fun, educational activities for children and an international food court.
Live music performances will be provided throughout the weekend by various musicians, including Norwalk’s own Edward Wright, Annalisa Ewald, Sarah Golley, and a featured recital by Rebecca Christopherson’s Tess and Suzuki students on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. At that time, Mayor Harry Rilling will officially open the festival with the first brush stroke of paint on a large community mural project.
Hands-on art activities for all ages are offered free of charge in the Children’s Art Workshop area provided by Jerry’s Artarama and the Norwalk Arts Commission. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will offer mini-tours and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking galleries will be open, where the annual “Foot Prints” exhibit is currently on view, as will Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free. Mathews Park is located at 295 West Ave. and is easily reached off I- 95. Parking is free in Mathews Park and across the street. There is also parking available in the South Norwalk garages. For additional information, visit NorwalkArtFestival.org or call 518-852-6478.
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