Artisans return to historical society
American artistry will be on display when the Wilton Historical Society presents its 33rd Annual American Artisan Show Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, from 10 to 5 each day. The show, featuring handmade work by more than 35 artisans from across the country, will fill the society’s grounds at 224 Danbury Road. The show benefits the society’s education and historic preservation mission.
A preview party on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8:30, kicks off the show and jump starts the buying. Guests may taste hors d’oeuvres provided by Sarah Bouissou Catering at Bernard’s of Ridgefield and a signature cocktail from Brooklyn’s Greenhook Ginsmiths.
There will also be a silent auction of pieces contributed by the artisans as well as a number of “experiences” including a week’s stay on the Spanish island of Menorca. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased at wiltonhistorical.org.
The show itself will feature arts, crafts and designs that have been part of fine American handwork since the 18th and 19th Centuries. Shaker-style furniture, pottery, kitchen wares, Nantucket-style baskets, hand-woven scarves, quilts, rugs, floor cloths, art, tavern signs, glass, jewelry, and cutting boards are some of the items that will be available. Admission is $10. Trustees Meaghan Donovan and Nancy Perez are co-chairs of the event.
A committee of volunteers and trustees Lynda Campbell, Moira Craw and Catherine Romer, plus society co-director Kim Mellin selected the artisans. New this year are ceramicist Kiara Matos of New Haven; Marty Anderson Glass from Galena, Md.; Dylan Bartlett Fine Furniture of Weston; Patti and Bob Stern of The Perfect View of Moreland Hills, Ohio; and Sharon Trenoweth Painting of West Newbury, Mass.
Returning artisans include: American Folkcraft; Andersen and Stauffer; Ashley Garland Floor Cloths; Barking Dog Jewelry Design Studio; Baskets in the Nantucket Tradition by Jane Theobald; Daniel Bellow Porcelain; Deluca Windsor Furniture; Faith Fellows; 50 Little Birds; Fire Crow Handwovens; Heidi Howard, Maker & Painter; painter Helen Howard; Josh Axelrod Photography; Kolene Spicher; Kristin Helberg; Meb’s Kitchenwares; Mills and Zoldak Pottery; Nine Patch Studio; The Art Tramp; Philip Marc/Sons of Liberty; Sue Brown Gordon jewelry; Three Point Design; Villancourt Folk Art.
Pop-up artisans, Friday and Saturday only, include Petit Felts, Emmy Star Jewelry, Greystone Bookworks, Salt Box Press and Nod Hill Soaps. Coffee, tea, lunch and snacks will be available on-site both days. A full list of artisans and complete show information may be found at wiltonhistorical.org.