Outdoor Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum Oct. 8-9

The Bruce Museum Annual Outdoor Arts Festival takes place rain or shine on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Museum grounds.

Dwight Baird, Champlain, NY-Acrylic

Dwight Baird, Champlain, NY-Acrylic

For its 35th edition, more than 85 new artists and returning favorites from across the country will showcase their work this year. The juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture and photography. All works are available for purchase and artists are on hand to discuss their pieces and process.

“The Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival has been ranked in the top 100 nationally among Fine Arts Fairs, drawing strong competition among artists who want to participate in the show,” says Sue Brown Gordon, the Festival’s organizer. Exhibitors who exhibit at this prestigious show have been selected through a meticulous jury process.

“It’s a wonderful destination for a day out in the fall foliage where people can find amazing, original fine art to add to a collection or share, all available in a wide range of prices,” Gordon adds. “Many of the artists also will make themselves available for commissions and home consultations offsite, so this is a great opportunity for custom work.”

Tanya Tyree, Baltimore, MD-Ceramic sculpture

Tanya Tyree, Baltimore, MD-Ceramic sculpture

The event features live music with Ed Wright performing guitar compositions and Annalisa Ewald on classical guitar. Delicious and varied menu offerings, including a “Farm-to-Truck” vendor with new and tasty wholesome food options, and children’s art activities make this a family friendly experience.

Festival admission of $8 includes admission to the Bruce Museum galleries, featuring the newly opened exhibition Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections, as well as Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson, Science In Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton and Berenice Abbott, and Electricity. Admission is free to members and children less than 5 years old. Visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum at a discount, and will receive instant free admission and many discounts both at the Festival –many exhibitors offer discounts for Bruce Museum members — and in the Museum Store. For a preview, visit the Bruce Museum website for a complete listing of this year’s exhibitors.

Rachel Paxton, Jamaica Plain, MA-Oil

Rachel Paxton, Jamaica Plain, MA-Oil

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. Parking is available on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95. The Museum is a short walk from MetroNorth’s Greenwich railroad station. For information, visit brucemuseum.org, or call (203) 869-0376.

Randy Eckard , Blue Hill, ME, Egg tempera

Randy Eckard , Blue Hill, ME, Egg tempera

Caroline Christie, Colrain, MA-Photograph

Caroline Christie, Colrain, MA-Photograph

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