American Artisan show kicks off with preview and silent auction

The Wilton Historical Society’s American Artisan Show is its biggest fundraiser of the year. On Friday, Nov. 6, guests at the Preview and Silent Auction Party will get a sneak peek at the wares of more than 30 accomplished craftsmen, and have the opportunity to bid on an array of silent auction items. Tickets are still available; call 203-762-7257.

Major silent auction contributions, such as a tour of the new Whitney Museum and tickets to the Fairfield Theater Company, will benefit the society, as will pieces of fine American handwork from each of the show artisans. Competition is expected to be brisk, but friendly.                                                                                                                          Silent auction highlights include:

•        A “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Whitney Museum with curator Barbara Haskell;

•        Dinner for two at the Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, Conn.;

•        Fairfield Theater Company tickets to two concerts (Marshall Tucker Band; Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn);

•        An afternoon exploring Chelsea art galleries with fine art consultant Shawna Barrett;

•        An over-sized lidded redware pitcher made by Greg and Mary Schooner.

The silent auction items contributed by the show’s artisans are a diverse collection of meticulously handcrafted pieces, including:

•        A rooster made of antique heart pine by Steve Hazlett of American Folkcraft;

•        A walnut book stand from Andersen & Stauffer Furniture;

•        A Heidi Howard tavern sign;

•        A tramp art Single Heart Courting Mirror by David Schump;

•        A whiskey jug made by potter Daniel Bellow;

•        A mederia citrine pendant from Barking Dog Studio;

•        A tall clock by Jeffrey Palmer;

•        A painting by Kolene Spicher;

•        A framed miniature flying geese quilt by Kathie Ratcliffe;

•        A leather purse from Molly Grant of The Cordwainer Shop.

Local sponsors include BMW of Ridgefield, Fairfield County Bank, Granite Group Advisors, Rob Sanders Architects, Servco, TD Bank, Town Vibe Wilton, Wilson Properties, Café Ruche, and the Village Market.

The American Artisan Show will be open on the society’s grounds at 224 Danbury Road, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 5, and Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 to 4. Admission is $10.