Monday, August 11, 2014

Down by the Riverside Festival and Exhibit

Greetings to All,

This is a paint-out opportunity paired with a Festival paired with an exhibit opportunity. The festival will be held at Riverside Park in New London, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 13. Artists who wish to start and/or leave earlier may do so. With the Festival less than five short weeks away, the Riverside Conservancy has set an August 30 deadline for artists to register. The Art Show and Reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 at Union Station in New London

This will be the fourth annual Riverside Festival. Last year, Cheryl, Keiko, Elena, Jeannette, and I (did I miss anyone?) participated in the festival and entered our paintings in the exhibit, and at least three of us sold paintings. Cheryl had sold a painting in the prior year's show.

The festival is a fun time, with not-too-loud live music, food, arts and crafts and activities for families. But with all that activity, the park has plenty of space so that if you desire a more quiet space, you can find it. There is no entry fee, and the festival provides lunch for participating artists. The site is basically a woodland setting, but it does have some frontage on the Thames River, and I assume they will trim back the foliage again this year, so that there are site lines to the water. There also is a short pathway over a railroad track to water's edge, with views of the Coast Guard station up-river, the soaring highway bridge down-river, and boats passing.

The opening reception for last year's art show was extraordinary. The exhibit space is a very nice dedicated gallery with good lighting,which felt both spacious and intimate. They managed to pack the space with both artists and people who came prepared to buy paintings. The food and wine were exceptional and were presented beautifully. And the acoustics allowed for comfortable dialog. Artists who sell paintings are encouraged to make a donation to the Conservancy, but all donations are voluntary. 

I hope we can have a CTSA contingent again this year, and I encourage you to consider participating. New London is about a 50 minute drive from Guilford, but it's easy driving on the highway, and the park is not far from the highway exit. 

If you're interested, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I can register us by the 30th.


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