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Glastonbury Arts "On the Green Show" (FREE)

55th Annual Art Show at Hubbard Green

Historic Hubbard Green in Glastonbury turns into an open air gallery during the 55th On the Green Fine Art & Craft show on September 9 & 10, 2017, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, both days, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free for this event.

Every year, Glastonbury’s picturesque Hubbard Green changes from a quiet oasis of shade trees and open space into a bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made craft.  As visitors walk along the shaded aisles, they find realistic and abstract art in oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, graphics, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture.  The diverse selection of hand-made craft includes works in clay, metal, glass, fiber, wood, and jewelry.  Each item of original art and hand-made craft will please the most discerning home décor or wardrobe.

Over 100 artists participate in the On the Green Fine Art & Craft Show, each selected for the top-notch caliber of their artistry. “Visitors to the show will always find something new and fresh, something to appeal to their artistic taste and budget,” says On the Green show chair Katherine Simmons. That said, Simmons stresses that the show also includes artists who have shown in Glastonbury over the years and have developed a loyal following.  

The “On the Green” show is the signature event of Glastonbury Arts, founded in 1962 under the name of the Glastonbury Art Guild, and is one of the largest events of the year drawing thousands of people from the surrounding region to a weekend of browsing and buying. Exhibiting artists arrive in Glastonbury from all points of the compass, from Maine to Florida, eager to show and sell their most recent creations to an appreciative audience.

Behind the scenes, Glastonbury Arts volunteers carefully plan this annual event for the maximum comfort of both visitors and exhibiting artists.  “The venue is inviting, admission and parking are free, a food court offers sustenance for the body, and art offers inspiration for the spirit – everything is designed to make this a ‘must’ on everyone’s weekend agenda,” says Carol Ahlschlager, Glastonbury Arts Co-President and volunteer.

At this year's "On the Green" show, poets led by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina “Sandy” Sergio will 'paint with the written word', reciting their poems, poems inspired by the paintings of Glastonbury Arts member artists. The artists’ work will be on display on both days of the show. The poets' readings will be presented on Saturday, September 9th, starting at 2:00 pm on Hubbard Green.

The show is presented from 10 am – 5 pm on both days, rain or shine, on Hubbard Green with free parking available at nearby Glastonbury High school with free shuttle bus service to and from the Green, or at the Main Street soccer field, a short walk from the show. Admission to the show is also free. The Food Court offers a limited but delicious menu of temptations including burgers, hotdogs, fried dough, hand-cut fries, chicken tenders with tasty dipping sauces, chicken and beef satay, ice cream, water and soft drinks.

GLASTONBURY ARTS was founded in 1962 by a dedicated group of men and women who were passionate in their commitment to the visual arts. Today, Glastonbury Arts continues to enrich and engage individuals in the creation and appreciation of art. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides art appreciation programs, art instruction, mentoring, scholarships, and art exhibitions.

A Sample of Artists in the Show:

Jacqueline Jones, an instructor at Glastonbury Arts, is an avid plein air oil painter. “My oils are done primarily on location wherever my travels take me and are an expression of mood and emotion manifested through the beauty of the landscape. This spontaneous process invigorates the work and is imbued with the spirit of nature created in communion with the wind and sunlight itself."

Forrest Doyle was new to our show last year and walked away with one of the top awards for his beautiful, rare wood creations. Forrest Doyle searches the state for beautiful and rare woods to create his one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted designs.  His boards are solid wood, not veneers, and finished with food-safe oils and waxes. His ‘vertigo’ designs (featured at right) are particularly intriguing, creating the illusion of curves when all of the pieces are constructed of triangular pieces of wood.

The paintings of Robin Frisella have a photo-realistic quality. But they are hardly images captured in a flash. She painstakingly arranges the objects she has chosen to paint – often pieces of nostalgia that are striking in their antiquity and grace. She blends pure pigment on sanded paper to artfully achieve the tones, lights and shadows of these objects she has so deliberately assembled. The results are still lifes in sheer splendor, memories and moods come to life through layer upon layer of pastel patiently stroked in natural light.

Matthew Johnson reclaims materials from the urban/industrial environment to create metal sculpture as well as functional objects such as tables and serving pieces. His goal is to produce an authentic expression of grace and emotion that retains some of the force of the environment from whence his raw materials originated. Matthew creates each piece in his own studio in order to ensure that he is engaged in the decision-making process throughout the creative process.

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Art Credits:

Jacqueline Jones, Out to Pasture, oil

Forrest Doyle, Vertigo Board, wood

Robin Frisella, True to my Core, pastel

Matthew Johnson, Vessel, metal

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