Westport’s Fine Arts Festival draws painters, photographers, sculptors — and art lovers — from around the country.
Plenty of residents browse stroll the stalls on Main Street.
But for a town that prides itself on its arts heritage, the number of local artists showing is limited.
This weekend (July 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), we’ll get our fill.
Following last year’s successful pilot, the Artists Collective of Westport hosts 2 activity tents for kids and parents. Set up at at Brooks Corner, they’re a spot for kids to show off their creatives sides. Drawing, rock painting, origami — you name it, it’s there for children to do.
New this year, the Collective will set up a giant Art Experience tent on Taylor Place, near Tiffany.
Over 20 Collective artists have volunteered. There will be several at a time, leading interactive projects and demonstrating techniques and media. Among them: clam shells, eggs, ceramics, murals, wire, camera-less photos, Band-Aids, folded paper, paint and more. Susan Fehlinger is the Collectivist in chair.
Westport Artists Collective co-founder Miggs Burroughs remembers when he was a boy. His father Bernie was president of the Westport Artists Club. Miggs, his brother Trace, and many other local kids grew up surrounded by art. Illustrators, cartoonists and painters seemed to be everywhere — always giving back to the community.
“I have a great sense of pride carrying out his legacy, in some small part, by helping the Collective keep the visual arts alive and lively for generations to come.”
Miggs will be in the tent, at the 46th annual Fine Arts Festival. He and many others will be working with youngsters at Brooks Corner too.
Odds are good they’ll inspire at least one young artist. In 2083 — at Westport’s 109th Festival — he or she may be giving back to the next generation, just like Miggs and his very talented colleagues will do this weekend.
(The Fine Arts Festival — and the Westport Artists’ Collective participation in it — is a partnership with the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. For more information on the Festival, click here.)