Over 100 artists showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts will be featured at the 5th Annual Norwalk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Juried exhibitors, many new to the show, will share their unique talents and creativity in painting wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more at this nationally recognized event. The Festival is held on the beautiful grounds of Matthews Park at 299 West Ave. in Norwalk, Connecticut. All works exhibited are available for purchase.
The 5th Annual Norwalk Art Festival includes fun, educational activities for children, international cuisine, and live music performances. Ed Wright performs his original guitar music on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Annalisa Ewald also performs both days. On Saturday, June 24, students of Becki Christensen’s will participate in a recital by the Suzuki Violin Method Open House from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Children’s Art Area. At 1:00 Mayor will open the Annual Art Festival with a creative experience. This year the Mayor will be the subject of a Poetic work at the Poets Corner.
A new highlight of the Festival will be the “Poet’s Corner” stage, featuring improv poetry writing and a special array of writers and performers on going each day. Patrons will hear Connecticut Poets read their most outstanding work on the stage. While visiting, enjoy a personalized poem written just for you at the “A Poem Tailored Just for You” Desk. Participate in a Group Recital of Poems Written by World Renown Artists led by Local Poets in the “Poetry Flash Mob” Coordinated by Jerry T. Johnson: Poet, Danbury CT. Featured Poets include: Laurel Peterson: Poet Laureate Norwalk, CT, Tarn Granucci: Poet Laureate Wallingford, CT, Mark Saba: Writer, Poet, Artist, Filmmaker, Richard Duffee: Writer, Poet, Stamford CT, Jerry T. Johnson: Poet, Danbury CT.
Artists will feature demonstrations and text to educate and share their process of creating art. All exhibitors are present to show their own work and enlightened then audience about their process. Hands-on craft activities for all ages are available at no additional charge in the Children’s Art Area, and the Newly remodeled galleries of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking will be open. The weekend features the Mini Print Show and Sale. CCP Galleries will be open during the weekend.
Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free. and includes all Festival activities. Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum will be offering a Mini tour for a special $5 admission which is open to the public during Festival hours. At the Art Festival entrance, visitors will be able to join the area Museums and Local Art Centers at a discount, and will receive free admission and many instant discounts at the Festival.
Visitors are asked to park in Mathews Park and will be directed in. Mathews Park is located just off exit 14 or 15 off I-95. The Park is a short ride from MetroNorth’s South Norwalk railroad station. Or enjoy a scenic walk along the River from downtown SoNo Parking Garages. For information, visit www.NorwalkArtFestival.org, or call (518) 852-6478.