Handcrafted_PatriciaBurling_webHandcrafted: Artisans Past & Present
October 25–March 20, 2016

From antique furniture to sumptuous contemporary rugs, Fairfield County possesses a rich tradition of decorative arts. This exhibition highlights the diverse and talented artisans who have worked in the region and explores the connection between the area’s strong history of decorative arts and present-day design trends.

Contemporary artists include weaver Patricia Burling (Monroe), glass artists Dylan Cotton and Christopher DeMott, (Fairfield), basket weaver Kari Lonning (Ridgefield), jeweler Michael Michaud (Fairfield), textile artist Ruben Marroquin (Bridgeport), woodworker Thomas Throop (New Canaan), ceramist Frances Palmer (Weston), woodworker Edward Pirnik-Mauriz (Fairfield), quilter Denyse Schmidt (Bridgeport), and weaver Marnie Smith (Fairfield).

Click here to view programs in conjunction with Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present. Upcoming programs include:

Lunchtime Lecture
Something Old, Something New: Today’s Designs inspired by Historic Roots with Denyse Schmidt
Tuesday, March 15, 12:30pm.

Museum Members: $15; Non-Members: $20. Lunch included. Please pre-register online here to guarantee your spot!

Family Focus: Made by Hand and Handcrafted Closing Reception
Sunday, March 20, 1pm – 3pm. Free.

Families and friends are invited to participate in hands-on craft activities and to see demonstrations by local artisans featured in the Handcrafted exhibition including Denyse Schmidt (quilter), Patricia Burling (weaver), Ed Pirnick (woodworker), Ruben Marroquin  (weaver) and Kari Lonning (basketmaker). Also demonstrating will be Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project, an intergenerational after school art program whose quilts hang at Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk Community College and the Norwalk Public Library.









Town Proud


Photographs of Fairfield created by Fairfield Public Schools’ art teachers. On view in the Meeting Hall from January 15-February 6.




Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past

This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities.  Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association. Click here for more information about this exhibition

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