November 30, 2023


Arts Eternal

Ridgefield’s Art Walk gets ‘artists out into the community’

RIDGEFIELD — Cindy Wagner stood in entrance of the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance Saturday afternoon, working on a portrait of little ladies dressed in brilliant yellow ballerina costumes.

“I was a dancer and my daughters danced and then my granddaughters began dancing,” claimed Wagner, of Weston, who named her do the job “Chaos in Yellow.”

Wagner was a single of about 50 artists who participated in Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ ninth annual Art Stroll. The occasion is hosted by about 35 Ridgefield retailers together Principal Avenue and Bailey Avenue.

Guild president Mary Pat Devine stated the artists are not restricted to theme, and function in different mediums together with portray, pictures, sculpture, and prints.

“We attempt to enhance it with shades that we know are in there,” stated Devine, who stood in entrance of Ridgefield City Hall. “Many of the retailers we have been doing the job with for years. We kind of know what they like.”

All artists have to be a member of the guild to participate in the event, which runs via Sept. 11. All function is for sale.

“We have an entry course of action the place they post some pieces that would be consultant of the stuff that they want to have in the Art Wander,” Devine reported. “Then, we have a jurying method. There is certainly a committee that will come with each other and figures out who’s likely to be in it, and then matches the artists with the merchants.”

She included one particular of the guild’s goals is to assist artists show artwork.

“This is 1 of our strategies to get the artists out into the neighborhood, to see what they’re executing,” she explained.

On Saturday, many artists stood by their do the job and answered queries. Some worked on their art.

Wagner reported she paints an entire series of ballerinas and ballet related paintings. She was impressed to paint “Chaos in Yellow” after getting her granddaughters to a gown rehearsal.

“All the little women had been lined up,” she explained. “They were all intended to be undertaking the identical issue and not one particular of them was doing the very same thing. I, of program, was taking pics due to the fact that is what grandmas do … And I was like, oh my god, I have to paint this.”

Kara Stern, of Lewisboro, N.Y., just started out portray last January.

“I took 1 of those Paint and Sip classes, and it turns out that I can paint,” claimed Stern, who stood in entrance of the garments keep Whim. “I’m really taking pleasure in the problem connected with seeking to do a portrait.”

One of her issues, she stated, is recreating emotion from the photos she and other individuals have taken that resonate with her. “I just consider to recreate that emotion that I feel when I look at that picture,” she mentioned.

Stern paints as a passion, she said, adding she is effective entire time as an workplace administrator for the city of Lewisboro. She explained she isn’t really positive if she would eventually like to come to be a full-time artist.

“I’m experiencing the trip. I’m enjoying the system,” she said.

Frederick Bannerot, of Norwalk, who exhibited his paintings both equally inside and exterior Hutton’s Great Men’s Use, reported he has been painting due to the fact he was a baby.

He shoots quite a few scenes on the drinking water and specially enjoys silhouettes, given that he stated any person can imagine on their own in the photograph.

He inspired other folks to give images a attempt.

“Start with your Apple iphone, start out with your Samsung. It’s astounding how excellent those people are. You will find no charge to entry other than your cell mobile phone. You will find no principles. Shoot into the gentle. If it failed to get the job done out, just take two steps to the ideal, attempt it once again,” Bannerot reported. “Afterwards, obtain to a computer. Search at the big screen, you might be astonished.”

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