Florence Griswold Museum’s ‘faerie village’ in CT to feature 27 mini art installations

Throughout the month of October, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme will display 27 miniature, or “faerie-sized,” art installations across its 12-acre campus.

Twinkle Point: An Amusement Park for the Wee Faerie Folk” is the museum’s 13th annual Wee Faerie Village event, where dozens of artists create structures large enough to only fit 3-inch-tall fairies. 

Since its debut in 2009, the annual event has garnered thousands of attendees and attracts people of all age groups, some of whom wear fairy wings or a costume matching the annual theme, Tammi Flynn, director of marketing for the Florence Griswold Museum, said. 

"We found out that is wasn't just for kids. Adults come and a lot of couples come together just to enjoy a beautiful autumn afternoon and to see these incredible works of art that are tucked into the landscape," Flynn said.

Members of the 27 teams of artists have been working since February to create tiny roller coasters, carousels, arcades, shops and other installations resembling this year’s amusement park theme. One pair of artists, Michele Mergy and Dawn Bisharat, meticulously crafted a tiny house of mirrors, she said.

"Every artist does such an amazing job on this, and we are so grateful to them," Flynn said.

Past themes include superheroes and Folly Woods, or faerie-like architecture. Flynn said attendees were especially happy to attend the event in 2021 after its cancellation the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"People were so thrilled to come back. There were so many happy faces and a lot of kids running around," Flynn said.

This year’s event will feature artwork from local artists and students from six schools, including Hamden Hall Country Day School and Deep River Elementary School, she said. 

"This is a perfect fall event. We have 12 acres that allow people to enjoy nature and the art that is illustrated in these amazing and fantastical pieces. It's a lovely way to spend an autumn afternoon," Flynn said.