October 2018 -- Tishrei-Cheshvan 5779,  Volume 24, Issue 10

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Bruce Museum to Host 37th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival

More than 85 new and returning artists from across the country will showcase their work on the grounds of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 – 7, 2018, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Celebrating its 37th edition this fall, the Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top fine arts festivals nationally.

 

The juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture and photography. All works are available for purchase and artists are on hand to discuss their pieces and process. In addition, this family-friendly event features delicious lunch menu offerings and free art activities for children.

 

"This show is truly comprised of the who's who of contemporary fine artists," says Sue Brown Gordon,  The Festival Director for the past 25 years, Gordon actively scouts for talent year-round. “My travels take me across the country to seek out the very best to bring to Greenwich," she says.

 

Festival admission is free to Bruce Museum members and children less than 5 years old; entry is $10 for non-members. Festival admission includes access to the Bruce Museum galleries. Festival parking is in all municipal parking areas surrounding the Museum.

 

Opening on September 22, the Museum’s signature fall exhibition, ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, includes the work of 28 artists, including artists Arman, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, and Fernand Léger; photographers Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans; as well as pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist.

 

Featuring more than 40 richly imaginative, quirky, and thought-provoking paintings, sculptures, photographs, and sketches, ReTooled celebrates the prevalence of tools in our lives with art that transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak of beauty, insight, and wit.

 

Other exhibitions on view during the Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival weekend include:

 

Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957-64 showcases the graphic evolution of the famed trompe l'oeil artist, whose career was launched with youthful “style jumping” inspired by German Expressionist printmakers and Abstract Expressionist painters.

 

A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions traces the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest Mexican-inspired Saltillo serapes, c. 1880, to mid-20th century pictorial rugs. On view will be a dozen items from the Museum’s Native American ethnographic collection – some of which have never been publicly exhibited –and artifacts from Greenwich heiress Margaret Cranford, who spent a lifetime traveling the world to collect fine decorative art, jewelry, and textiles.

Wild Bees: Photographs by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman features exquisite color photographs of native bees in their natural habitats, along with an exploration of their varied lifestyles.

 

Festival visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum at the entrance to receive instant free admission and many discounts both at the Festival – many exhibitors offer discounts for Bruce Museum members – and in the Museum Store. The complete listing of this year's exhibitors will be featured on brucemuseum.org as the Festival weekend nears.

 

The Bruce Museum is located in a park setting just off I-95, exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information call 203-869-0376.