DANBURY Juried Ives art show this weekend
DANBURY — Visual arts comes alive this weekend with the Art at Ives: Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show at the westside campus of Western Connecticut State University.
Presented by Friends of the Ives, the third annual show, part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, will showcase the work of more than 70 artists from the region and across the nation. The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Campus Center.
“The arts and cultural experiences contribute to building a vibrant community and are an essential component of our quality of life in Greater Danbury,” said Phyllis Cortese, executive director of Ives Concert Park.
All major genres of high-quality, original works will be featured, including painting, drawing, ceramics, digital art/photography, metalwork, fiber arts, mixed media, sculpture, wearable art/jewelry and wood. Also featured will be talented local student artwork.
New this year is a wine tasting presented by Max Wine & Spirits in Danbury.
“We’re trying to reach out more into the community, so we’re definitely looking forward to it,” said Max owner Rick Eadie.
Wine tastings are from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Eadie will guide participants through a comparative tasting of two whites, two summer-weight reds and two dry roses.
Janice Utsogn, a weaver for 30 years and winner in the fiber art category last year, will demonstrate her craft as well as selling table and floor runners, placemats, area rugs and rugs weaved with all-natural alpaca wool made at Six Paca Farm in Connecticut.
“I like fiber arts and making thing with my hands,” Utsogn said. “I find it restive and rejuvenating and I like the patterns. Because I work with prints it’s fun for me to see what will happen as I weave it.”
Art at Ives is Utsogn’s favorite show.
“It’s a very positive environment,” she said.
The show will also feature live jazz, food, hands-on/interactive art demonstrations and a children’s area.
Silversmith Betty Barrett of West Newton, Massachusetts, plans to attend the show for the third year.
“From the beginning, the leaders of the show have worked to make it very high-quality and responsive to both the artists and their customers,” Barrett said. “I’ve come back every year to support the vision that’s shaping and creating this show.””
Joanne Hunter, owner of The Art Spot in Danbury, is a juror.
“The artwork gets better and better,” she said. “The public has come to know they will be seeing very exciting work in all price ranges, while the artists are very interested in bringing their art to a new region. It’s been wonderful to see it grow.”
Hunter noted she and her colleagues have a strict jury criteria.
“We look for one-of-a-kind pieces, no mass production and no reselling of merchandise,” she said. “It results in a collection of very fine artists with exceptional work to display. It’s also fascinating to be able to chat with the artists in person.”.
Art at Ives Admission: $5.00; Wine Tasting: $15.00 in advance; $20.00 at the door (includes admission into the show). All events are rain or shine. For more information and tickets, visit ivesconcertpark.org or call (203)837-9227.