Ridgefield Guild of Artists presents its sixth annual Art Walk, when the streets of Ridgefield once again come alive with strolling art galleries. Art Walk 2019 kicks off on Friday, Aug. 23, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 8. Fifty-six artists from Ridgefield and surrounding towns in Westchester and Fairfield counties are participating, presenting paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture and much more in downtown storefronts and inside stores around Ridgefield.

Art Walk 2019 includes 42 local merchants along Main Street, Bailey Avenue and Governor Street, plus The Marketplace at Copps Hill Common. Opening night is Friday from 5-8 p.m. when artists will be at the stores for opening receptions. Saturday, Aug. 24, is Artist Day, with many of the artists filling the sidewalks, showing their wares and demonstrating their craft.

Pam Stoddart, executive director of Ridgefield Guild of Artists and chair of Art Walk 2019, invites everyone: “It’s our end of summer celebration! Come out and revel in this time of year with our local artists!” All artwork is for sale. Proceeds go back to the Guild of Artists, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to help with general expenses and future programming.

Sponsors are: Fairfield County Bank, Books on the Common, and Sturges Brothers. The guild extends thanks to Kristin Healy and Mara Freeman for creating the Art Walk graphics, and Will Hooker for Facebook artist profiles.

The guild will have an information table in front of Town Hall on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon for directions, maps and processing sales. Maps of participating artists and stores are also available at each venue for the event that runs through Sept. 8. After Aug. 24, sales will be processed at the guild’s gallery barn, 34 Halpin Lane, by calling 203-438-8863 or emailing artwalkridgefield@gmail.com. For more information, call the guild or visit rgoa.org. RGOA gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Mary Pat Devine