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Darien Arts Center's 56th Annual Art Show & Sale

2014 Darien Art Show and Sale Committee; DAC executive director Amy Allen, Art Show chairman, Sarah Ritchey, Jolanda Sutherland, Lisa Thoren, (back row) Meg Tweedy, Mindy Green, Beth Cherico and Ann Laczko.
2014 Darien Art Show and Sale Committee; DAC executive director Amy Allen, Art Show chairman, Sarah Ritchey, Jolanda Sutherland, Lisa Thoren, (back row) Meg Tweedy, Mindy Green, Beth Cherico and Ann Laczko.

The Darien Arts Center (darienarts.org) is encouraging local artists of all ages to participate in its Annual Art Show & Sale. The show, which has been tremendously popular and a Darien tradition for 56 years, will be held Saturday, May 31, through Saturday, June 7, at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio. The judged show, which offers cash awards, is open to DAC students and children and adults who live or work in Darien.  

Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization.  Entries are welcome in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, mixed media/printmaking, sculpture, color photography and black & white photography. 

The winner of Best in Show will be given a solo exhibit in the Town Hall in the spring of 2015. Also, adult prizewinners will be invited to meet art collectors, gallery owners and DAC patrons and board members during a private party featuring their work on Tuesday, June 3.

Nielsen’s Florist is lead corporate sponsor of the Art Show and Sale.  Other sponsors include: Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa, Atria Darien, Ben Larrabee Photography, Darien Rowayton Bank, Darien Sport Shop, David Osherow, D.D.S, Jerry’s Artarama, The Sugar Bowl, William Taufic Photography, and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists. Prize sponsors include Baubles, Big Shots, Darien Carpet, Browne and Co., Everything is Rosey, Folly, Fredric & Company, Grieb’s Pharmacy, Pumpkin Ridge Landscaping, LLC, and WinePort of Darien.

Registration is available online. Artists may enter up to two pieces of artwork, with an entry fee of $20 per submission for adults and $10 per piece for children.

Adults submitting two pieces must designate at least one for sale. A 25 percent commission on each sale will benefit the DAC. All interested artists are encouraged to pre-register online. 

Artists may bring their work to the DAC Weatherstone Studio, behind Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Rd. in Darien, on Sunday, May 25, from noon to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, May 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

All pieces must be ready to hang with a wire on the back, or, if needed, the DAC will provide assistance with wiring at the drop-off site for a small fee. The awards reception will be held Friday, May 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The show will be open for public viewing every day from Saturday, May 31, through Saturday, June 7, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.

 

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