DANBURY, CONN. — The Friends of the Ives nonprofit organization will present the second annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, Connecticut. This three-day event will feature high-quality original works in a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Food and music, along with art classes, demonstrations and children’s events, will also be included. The event will take place rain or shine with gates open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The jurying and application system will be digital and jurors will view the artists’ work and accompanying descriptions in a self-paced environment, taking the time needed to accurately evaluate each application. Artists are invited to submit applications through zapplication.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31. A program directory and the Ives website will showcase each artist’s work and contact information.
In 2016, more than 60 artists from across the country participated in the inaugural show and benefitted from increased visibility with western Connecticut art enthusiasts. The goal of the Art at Ives Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show is to expand awareness of the arts and enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region.
The Ives has partnered with many artists and community stakeholders, including the Western Connecticut State University Art Department, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Brookfield Craft Center to develop the Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show.
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The Ives’ lush oasis of natural beauty on Danbury’s west side hosts world-renowned artists in a wide variety of music and theater genres. The venue pays tribute to its storied roots in classical music while acknowledging the ongoing evolution of the art of live performance. With entertainment that ranges from enlightening to awe-inspiring, the Ives reflects the diverse multicultural community in which it resides; embracing the unique attributes that the artists and patrons bring to the site. A common love of the arts and the beauty of nature bring fans to the grounds. Shared experiences at the Ives create the fabric of our community.