'Art on the Green' set for 51st year
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
The 51st annual Art on the Green show is set to take place on Sept. 7 and 8 on Hubbard Green. Katherine Simmons, the show's chair and president of Glastonbury Arts (formerly known as the Glastonbury Art Guild), said thousands of collectors, spectators and art enthusiasts are expected to view the works of more than 150 painters, sculptors and crafters.
“The caliber of our artists is first rate,” Simmons said, when asked why the show has become so popular throughout the Northeast, adding that the event is also free, and offers food and other activities for the whole family. “We try to make it as easy as possible for people to come to the show,” she said.
Kids will once again be able to create their own works from recycled materials, under the eco-art tent. “They really make some amazing things,” Simmons said. “It's great what happens when you unleash the creativity of kids.”
Thirteen of the artists are Glastonbury residents, including Roy Wrenn, April Quast, Jacqueline Jones, Mattew Radl, Lynn Bywaters, Elizabeth Taylor, Ken Dorros, Ed Hicks, Carrie Ann Hubbard, Katherine Sorenson, Babs Liverant, Kathy Picard and Simmons herself.
“I enjoy it, because it's a way of exhibiting your work,” Wrenn said, at last year's show. “It's fun and I've gotten to know a lot of the other artists. There are so many other really quality pieces. I walk around and I'm humbled by what I see. I think everybody feels that way – we are inspired.”
Some of the artists come from other states, and even as far away as North Carolina. Simmons said that all of the crafters sell their original work, unlike some shows that allow third-party vendors.
Art on the Green will take place Sept. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is a rain or shine event. There is free shuttle bus service from Glastonbury High School. For more information, visit www.glastonburyarts.org.