Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show features live demonstrations from artists

Art and fine crafts will return to the historic Merwinsville Hotel for the third annual Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show May 5 and May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year will again feature artist demonstrations.

Over 60 local artists and artisans will have work on display and all is for sale. A portion of all sales benefits the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration, which has been ongoing for 47 years. Much progress has been made recently with renovations to the third-floor ballroom, but there’s much more still to do.

The show features artwork in glass, photography, jewelry, woodturning, pottery and more. Locally grown plants are also available for sale from Meadowbrook Garden in New Milford and The Village Farm Shop and Greenhouse in Gaylordsville.

“Feedback has been great about the live artist demonstrations the last two years, and we plan to expand the number of artists demonstrating this year,” said co-chair Linda McMillan. Along with her co-chair Lori Meehan, the organizers promise that this year’s artists won’t disappoint.

Throughout the two-day show there will be several artist demonstrations. Don Metz will be woodturning with his portable lathe, Linda Banks will be demonstrating fused glass, McMillan will also be sharing her skills in wood carving and Meehan will demo piercing and sawing using a jewelers saw.

This year is the 175th anniversary of the Merwinsville Hotel, which opened for business in 1843. The second floor features rooms with period furniture and decor reminiscent of the hotel’s earliest years. There is also a museum of artifacts featuring the rich history of the building that was originally a meal stop and station for the Housatonic Railroad.

A $2 donation per person is requested for the Spring Show. Children under 12 are free. Members are admitted free and new this year members with a “sponsor” membership (or higher) will receive a discount on art purchased.

The Merwinsville Hotel is a national historic landmark located at 1 Brown’s Forge Road in Gaylordsville, CT, only 15 minutes from Kent, Sherman, New Milford and the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Railroad Station. For further information, call 860-350-4443 or visit www.merwinsvillehotel.org


Calendar entry: Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show, Merwinsville Hotel (celebrating its 125 anniversary), May 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., offering works for sale by 60 local artists and artisans with live demonstrations, $2 donation, members and children under 12 free, 1 Brown’s Forge Rd., Gaylordsville, CT. Info: 860-350-4443 or www.merwinsvillehotel.org

Caption: Artist Ken Rist will be selling his artistic creations from pewter and wood at the third annual Spring Art and Fine Crafts Show at the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration May 5 to May 6.