Culture Connect Featured Event

10th Annual Art for Nature's Sake Art Show & Sale
Ticket Price: FREE

Imagine a blank canvas, then picture brush strokes resolving into bright flowers, verdant grass, shady trees and a meandering stream. Add to this scene a select group of juried artists and artisans inspired by the natural world, and art and nature enthusiasts like you strolling among the displays of fine art and craft work. The 10th Annual Art for Nature’s Sake Show and Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the grounds of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury (1361 Main Street/Route 17). All are invited to view the art for free and picture what may enhance their homes or offices.

The annual show and sale supports the Center’s many wonderful environmental education programs. Here is an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their media: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, ceramics, woodworking, wood block prints, fiber, jewelry and more. Several exhibitors will be demonstrating their techniques.

Featured artists and artisans from Glastonbury include Lois Flint Eldridge (clay), Barbara Jenkins (pastels, mixed media), Edith Royce Schade (photography, mixed media), Jacqueline White (oil), David Woodard (drawing), and Kathy Hoar (clay); and from East Hampton include Lesley Braren (oil, watercolor, drawing), Mary Lang Killilea (pastels), Sylvina Rollins (oil), and Dianne Gorrick (oil, watercolor).

Other areas of Connecticut will be represented by Lynita Shimizu (woodcuts) of Pomfret, Carole Jeffries (oil) of Marlborough, Beverly Pitrone (jewelry) of Amston, Ellen Hoverkamp (photography) of West Haven, and Tom Kretch (photography) of Westport. Other artists and artisans will travel from MA, RI, VT and NH.

This picturesque image also includes many talented entertainers. Ed Meincke from Hebron, a musician/banjo player with a following from events where he donates his entertainment, was Director of Glastonbury Youth and Family Services for more than 20 years. Ed Meincke is also a founding member of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.

Musicians from Glastonbury’s Guitar Star Studio will also entertain at the event. Shanty Man Don Sineti’s deep, rich voice is familiar to many who visit Mystic Seaport. He performs many familiar songs that encourage singing along. He is also an artist and champion of whale conservation. Dr. Uke, Dr. Jim Rosokoff and the Glastonbury Ukelele Band will invite attendees to sing along to songs from many eras. The Guinea Pigs, an energetic folk/rock band based in Connecticut, will play fun original and cover songs by such artists as the Beatles, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello.            

Additional details of this masterpiece include a sale of birdhouses decorated by Glastonbury High School Art students and a children’s Art Table from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. each day, where kids can be artists, too. Entry is FREE.