Weir Farm – Art In the Park Exhibition

Weir Farm, Connecticut’s only National Park located on the Ridgefield Wilton line is displaying the winners of the 2019 Art in the Park Contest that saw 99 submissions to the contest. Winners were announced at the Art in the Park Festival on August 25 and will be on display in the Cultural Center as part of the Impressions of Weir Farm – Art in the Park 2019 exhibit, through October 3, 2019.

The G&B Cultural Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site will be hosting a reception to celebrate the exhibit at the G&B Cultural Center on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event is supported by park partners, The Weir Farm Art Center and The Friends of Weir Farm National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to join in the celebration of Art in the Park and the contributions of each artist who participated.

Art in the Park Contest Results

Advanced/Professional Artist
1st, Weir Masterpiece Award: 
Carole Ackerman,
Bliss, Acrylic 11″ x 14″

2nd: Norman Dick,
Late Summer at Weir Farm, Acrylic on Canvas 12″ x 16″
(pictured, right) 

3rd: Daisy De Puthod
Weir Farm, Oil 18″ x 18″

Visitors Choice Awards 
Mary Jane Houser
Sheshana Weiner
Clarice Shirvell
Linsey Hughes 

Adult Artist Award
1st: Robert Boger 
2nd: Mary Jane Houser
3rd: Edward Day 

Teen Artist Award
1st: Gisella Castagna
2nd: Grace Kaleta
3rd: Ava Fleming.

Junior Artist Award
1st: Joe Brenner
2nd: Isabella Bigda 
3rd: Ari Lopez

Park Volunteer, Partner, or Staff Award
1st: Richard Bauer (Garden Gang Volunteer)
2nd: Barbara Kaplan (Garden Gang Volunteer)
3rd: Carly Buta (Volunteer Coordinator)

Judges Choice Honorable Mention Awards (not ranked)
Eric Fleming
Ella Brenner
Maria Basaldella
Judith Lambertson
Mary Ellen Hackett
Leslie Carone

Young Talent Awards (not ranked)
Caroline Worst
Ellery Worst
Bridget Wright-Aldrich
Eric Fleming
Shane Fleming
Charlotte Murphy
Ella Brenner
Joe Brenner
Eleanor Lubeley
John W. Lubeley
Evelyn Lee
Annika Lee
Elsie Owens
Natalie Owens
Monica Saara
Aurora Garguilo
Celeste Garguilo
Emma Saleh
Liv Moore
Nicholas dethouars
Grace Winn
Isabella Bigda
Vincenzo Bigda
Anne Bigda
Maximo Celi
Marco Cell
Abby Savage
Harper Crawford
Henry Crawford
Julia Mendoza
Owyn de St. Croix
Ari Lopez
Maximilian Kaleta
Julia Mendoza
Robin Hart
John Shirvell

About the G&B Cultural Center
Located at 49 New Street in Wilton, the G&B Cultural Center is a non-profit organization supporting the visual and performing arts in a local and collaborative manner. The historical building, while preserved on the National Historic Register, has blossomed into a modern, thriving art center. G&B offers classes in music and visual arts and host exhibits, concerts, and demonstrations. Space is also available to rent for meetings and events. Visit or call 203-544-0056 for more information.

About Weir Farm National Historic Site
Visit the home and studio of America’s most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of a world-class artist. Set against a rural Connecticut landscape that has been painted by thousands of artists from 1882 to the present, Weir Farm is a national legacy of American Impressionism, creativity, and historic preservation. Explore this National Park for Art and experience what Weir described as “The Great Good Place.” Learn more at and visit us on Facebook, , and Instagram @WeirFarmNHS.

About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook at, Twitter, and YouTube

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