Ridgefield Guild of Artists adds new classroom

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, now in it’s forty-fifth year, is “the little Guild that could.” From it’s humble beginnings as a clubhouse-of-sorts for area artists to gather and share experiences and show their works, the antique barn at the bottom of Halpin Lane has grown into a thriving Guild with 250 members where artists of all levels are welcomed, nurtured … read more

Ridgefield Guild of Artists receives Thrift Shop grant

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop has given a $5,500 grant check to the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. “We are thrilled to have a wonderful relationship with the Thrift Shop and be the recipients of this generous gift,” said Pam Stoddart, executive director of Ridgefield Guild of Artists.“We plan to use the money to furnish and equip our new studio and supplement our expanding education … read more

Editorial: Paying it forward

From the Boys and Girls Club’s scholarship program to the historical society’s archives, to the Norwalk River Valley Trail’s “Ridgefield Ramble” — nobody had a busier week than the volunteers at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, who have been disbursing $500,000 in grants to 71 local organizations since March 12. Beyond the trails, the club, and the historical archives, the Thrift … read more

League of Women Voters to host art raffle fundraiser

The League of Women Voters of Ridgefield will host its eighth “Get To Know Your Town” meeting and fifth annual art raffle “kick-off” celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at town hall’s lower level conference room. Dr. Mark Meachem, chair of the Ridgefield Arts Council, will be the guest speaker at the meeting and will talk about the … read more

Ridgefield happenings: Trends in American food, winter constellations, and the Great Wall of China

Abstract painters open exhibit Sunday A group of abstract painters who have studied together at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists under the accomplished painter Rachel Volpone will display their work at Sarah’s Wine Bar this winter. The exhibition, titled “Insight: 11 Abstract Painters,” will open at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and run through March 10. Snow date for opening … read more

Four Ridgefield markets kickstart shopping season

Sarah Harris and Christine Smith will be hanging more than 100 decorated wreaths for the Founders Hall Wreath Festival.

Four Ridgefield markets kickstart shopping season In what has become a much-anticipated tradition, Ridgefield begins the holiday season the week before Thanksgiving with the opening of four holiday markets. ARTique 2018, the Founders Hall Wreath Festival, the Guild of Artists’ Festive Home and the Ridgefield Women’s Club Craft Fair will offer a variety of wares. ARTique 2018 Artique 2018 opens … read more

Letter: Praise for juried show at Guild of Artists

To the Editor: Denise Bibro of Denise Bibro Fine Art in the Chelsea district of Manhattan was our juror for the Guild’s 41st Annual Juried Exhibition. We had an intense “jury day” watching Denise examine the submissions and create her vision for this year’s show.   When the day was done, we were thrilled to receive her statement about her … read more

Art Walk returns Aug. 24, runs through Sept. 7

The fifth annual Art Walk kicks off Friday, Aug. 24, with receptions in many of the stores around town from 5-8 p.m. “It’s a strolling gallery of sorts, when 52 local artists display their artwork in local venues around town,” said Pam Stoddart, executive director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and chair of the event.   “It’s a great … read more

Ridgefield Guild of Artists receives $25,000 Richardson grant

Ridgefield Guild of Artists leader trio: Mary Harold, co-president, Pam Stoddart, executive director, and Mary Pat Devine, co-president —Zoe Isaac Rousseau photo

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists received a $25,000 grant from the Anne S. Richardson Fund to help renovate and add a new studio classroom at its barn off of Halpin Lane. Pamela Stoddart, executive director for the Guild, said an unfortunate small kitchen fire during the summer of 2016 became an opportunity to renovate and expand the guild’s education program. … read more

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