NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Public Library is hosting a special exhibit to celebrate Norwalk's Historic Fortnight centennial celebration.
Artscapades will present "Art in Connecticut: From Impressionism To WPA" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in the library auditorium. The event will be part of the launch of the Historic Fortnight, a celebration of the city's various governments coming together to unite the City of Norwalk in 1913, according to a news release from the library.
"Connecticut has always attracted artists," library representatives said in the press release. "In this lecture ArtScapades covers both the Connecticut Impressionists and the later Works Progress Administration (WPA) artists who worked in the Norwalk area."
ArtScapades starts the Wednesday lecture by discussing the influence of art dealers and education of artists with the arrival of impressionism, according to the release. The lecture will cover American Impressionists John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson. The lecture will then discuss WPA artists whose works were created during the Great Depression and installed in Norwalk, including Harry Townsend, Justin Gruelle, Arthur G. Hull, George Avison and Alexander J. Rummler.
"This lecture will focus on background information on each artist's life and work, characteristics of style to help you visit any museum, anywhere, and recognize the artist's work," representatives said in the release. "The goal of ArtScapades is that you will develop the means to critique a work of art while learning art history and art appreciation. You will come away with both an understanding of Art in Connecticut and the tools to effectively explore galleries and museums."
Registration for the event is recommended by calling 203-899-2780 ext. 15133 or by emailing Cynde Bloom Lahey, library programming specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.