A Very Artsy Weekend Ahead

Who says Westport isn’t still an “arts colony”?

Oh. I did. Never mind.

Two upcoming events put the A-word front and center.

The first is this Saturday (October 26). The Westport Arts Advisory Committee and Westport PTA Council co-sponsor a guided tour of the Westport Public Schools Permanent Art Collection. A bus leaves the Westport Historical Society at 12:45 p.m., stopping at 4 schools and the firehouse.

Wheeler House, by Stevan Dohans. It's now the site of the Westport Historical Society -- where Saturday's tour begins.

Wheeler House, by Stevan Dohans. It’s now the site of the Westport Historical Society — where Saturday’s tour begins.

It’s a phenomenal treasure, ranging from WPA murals created by Westport artists during the Depression, to galleries by the likes of Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein.

At Kings Highway Elementary School, tour-goers will see John Steuart Curry’s “Tragedy” and “Comedy” frescoes. Green’s Farms School features works by Andy Warhol and Robert Motherwell, plus the intriguing “Fountain” installation.

Bedford Middle School hosts murals from Ralph Boyer’s “History of Fire” series, while Staples High is filled with paintings, photos, etchings, watercolors and lithographs by Westporters like Stevan Dohanos, Leonard Everett Fisher, Howard Munce, Lynsey Addario and Miggs Burroughs. There are also 40 student-curated works, with recorded audio commentary.

Igor Pikayzen. master violinist.

Igor Pikayzen. master violinist.

The next day (Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.), Town Hall is the site for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Arts Advisory Committee. There will be readings from works by John Hersey, Evan Hunter, Sinclair Lewis and Peter DeVries; film selections by Ring Lardner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Howard Fast and Max Shulman; performances by John Corigliano Jr. and Igor Pikayzen, and appearances by Scott Bryce and Joanna Gleason. All are Westporters or former residents.

Afterwards, everyone is invited to a reception across the street. The Westport Historical Society hosts an exhibition honoring former Visual Arts Awards recipients.

It’s an arts-filled weekend. Just like back in the day, when Westport was definitely an “artists’ colony.”

(For more information on the bus tour, call 203-222-1424 or email bbrauner@westporthistory.org. For more information on the Westport Arts Awards, click here.)


2 responses to “A Very Artsy Weekend Ahead

  1. And on Friday November 22 at 6 PM, the Wheeler House Gallery will be the scene of an extraordinary opportunity to hear the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen as performed by Suzanne Sheridan, Bob Cooper, Ruth Ahlers, and Marshal Rosenberg.

  2. Kathie Bennewitz

    Thank you Dan for helping us spread the word about the arts in Westport this weekend. It has been a great month of events developed in partnerships among our art, historical, theater, literary, town and school organizations.
    While this Saturday art tour looks ahead to 50 years of the WSPAC public art collection in the schools, Sunday’s town hall event will be an entertaining celebration as well as symbolic capstone to 20 years of the Westport Arts Awards.