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Sconset Art Stroll

Emerging artists — and Westporters hoping to discover the next wave of great artists — get a chance to meet this Thursday evening  (May 20).

Sconset Square shops will open their doors for an “Art Stroll.”  From 6-8 p.m., 66 works in a variety of media will be shown.   “Emerging artists” must never have had a solo show or gallery representation.

Refreshments will be offered from Mirabelle Cheese Shop’s traveling fromagerie.  Also:  “emerging specialty wines” from Country Liquor Store, music, and “a cozy fire pit” by Gault.

On Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), art will be available at Sconset.  There will be demonstrations by professional artists, musical performances, works from the Toquet Hall student art competition — and a chance to respond to the question “What inspires you?”  (Answers will be tied to a tree, for all to see.)

Finally at Sconset Square on Sunday:  a Tesla electric car.

What’s that got to do with art?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla is where “art and technology meet face to face.”  A Tesla official will discuss the car as an art form.

No word on what’s more expensive:  a Tesla, or art by emerging artists.

(Thursday’s and Sunday’s events are sponsored by Art by Local, a collaboration between the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Arts Center.)

Local Artists To Get Hung

Art By Local — an awkwardly named, but intriguing and inspired week-long event — won’t open until May.  But if you’re a local “emerging artist,” you can prepare for the juried exhibition and sale now.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live in Fairfield County and have no gallery representation or previous solo exhibitions.  Artists may enter up to 5 works of art in any media.

Entries must be accompanied by a $20 fee, a CD of up to 5 works, an artist statement and biography.  All work must have been completed after January 2008, and priced under $1,000.  The deadline is March 19.

Art work will be displayed in retail stores and offices in Sconset Square from May 15-23.  The show opens with a preview party on May 20, and closes with a day of art demonstrations, entertainment, food and activities.

It is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Arts Center.

(For more information and an application form, click here or call 203-505-8716.)