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The Bruce Museum hosts its 34th annual Outdoor Crafts Festival on the grounds of the Greenwich site Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, featuring more than 60 juried exhibitors sharing their talents and crafts in wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry and more.
“This year, jewelry and wearables — for both adults and infants — will be particularly strong,” Anne von Stuelpnagel, the Museum’s Director of Exhibitions, who organizes the museum’s two annual Outdoor Festivals, with Festival Director Sue Brown Gordon, said in a news release. “There are also a number of exhibitors who specialize in accessories, from fiber handbags to book purses to beaded bags.”
Among the featured artists are textile designer Mary Jaeger, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; ceramicist Peter Jones, of Camden, Maine; wildlife sculptor Peter Bowe of Stratford; raku artist James Brunelle, of New Britain; weaver Tegan Frisino, of Glen Falls, N.Y.; jeweler Dawn Lombard. of Milford, Pa.; furniture maker Dylan Bartlett, of Weston,; and Jim Sprinkle of Charlottesville, Va., who creates functional decorative bowls and other vessels from exotic wood. (Click here for the complete list of exhibitors.)
Exhibiting artists are eligible for cash prizes, which will be awarded by this year’s judges, Sooo-z Mastropietro, an artist, textile designer, and curator; and Mari Gyorgyey, an award-winning printmaker and multimedia artist who has shown her work in the United States and Europe.
The Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Crafts Festival also features an array of food truck cuisine, including Kettle Korn, Thai Taste, and Wendies Weenies. Lending ambience to the Festival with performances, both days, will be Ed Wright, on guitar playing updated acoustic classics and contemporary originals; and Annalisa Ewald, a classical guitarist whose repertoire includes baroque as well as the standards.
Artists’ demonstrations are a perennial festival favorite, and this year potters Erika Nowak and Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks in New Britain, will throw ceramic forms at their booth located on the steps in front of the museum entrance.
Hands-on craft activities for all ages are available at no additional charge in the museum’s Education Workshop, and the galleries will be open. Exhibitions on view include “Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March]”; “Buried Treasures of the Silk Road”; the science exhibition “Sharks!”; and the community art project “Your Place Squared.”
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, free members and under age 5. 203-869-0376.