If you are in the market for unique handcrafted holiday gifts, head to the Silvermine Arts Center located in the bucolic village of New Canaan Connecticut. Here you will find a treasure trove of hand crafted holiday gifts. The long awaited School of Art Annual Holiday Show & Sale is taking place this year on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This annual sale offers a dazzling array of wonderful gifts thoughtfully crafted by students and faculty members of the Silvermine Arts Center. Best of all, the offerings are attractively priced at this tax-free event. The Silvermine Arts Center is located on 1037 Silvermine Rd. in New Canann Connecticut and can be reached by calling 203.966.9700 or by visiting www.silvermineart.org.
An added attraction on December 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. is the Fine Art and Artisan’s Trunk Show that will grace the Silvermine Galleries with a beautiful array of items. Works on display include intricate hand turned wood, exquisite basketry, one of a kind textured bags, woven art pieces, a collection of found object jewelry, and a unique series of blown and carved glass. Artists featured in the trunk show include Corey Anderson, Kari Lonning, Janet McKinstry, Sally Shore, Alice Sprintzen, and Adam Waimon.
In addition to the Holiday Sale, the Silvermine Arts Center is offering several free hands – on workshops for guests of all ages. On December 1 the center is offering a workshop with Marta Kot on creating wrapping paper. On December 2 workshops on Ornaments with Karen Siegel, Printing Cards with C.J. Guerin and Felting with Jeannie Thomma will be offered. Call the School Office at 203-966-6668 ext. 2 for more information on these great workshops.
On December 11, Silvermine Arts Center is hosting an Artist Talk at 6 p.m. where visitors are invited to tour the gallery with exhibiting artists and interact with them. Susan White will be on hand on December 11 to talk about the Guild Group Photography Show, “Important Incidentals”.
On Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Silvermine is hosting the Turtle Island Quartet. A glorious fusion of jazz and classical, the Turtle Island Quartet has been the very definition of American chamber music for over 25 years. From stages across the globe to international airwaves, winner of two recent Grammy awards for Best Classical Crossover, this group is the most acclaimed ensemble of its kind. This concert showcases the music of the Festival of Lights, from the songs of Chanukah to the music of India’s Diwali, to the old English carols and Scottish reels of the 16th century. Turtle Island Quartet explores the timeless music that has been an integral part of winter holiday celebrations for centuries. The program also features music from Vince Guaraldi’s beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as revisiting famous classical gems that have become so indelibly tied to the holiday season. Seating is limited so advance ticket purchase is suggested at http://www.silvermineart.org or by calling 203-966-9700 ext. 22.
About Silvermine Arts Center
Artists have been drawn to Silvermine since visionary sculptor Solon Borglum moved here in 1908 and established it as a place for artists to gather. The Silvermine Guild of Artists was founded in 1922 and formally incorporated in 1924 when the School of Art was established. Today, the Silvermine Arts Center, a 501(c) (3) organization, is comprised of a Guild of over 300 professional artists, five galleries presenting new exhibitions every six weeks and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a gift shop; a School of Art providing a wide range of classes for all levels of experience from ages 2 to 102; public programs; and outreach programs in the Norwalk and Stamford schools.