Families and artisans get crafty at Fairfield Museum

More than seventy locals came to the Fairfield Museum to see artisans at work and to celebrate the revival of handmade crafts. On Sunday, March 20, the Museum held, “Made By Hand,” an event featuring craft demonstrations and hands-on experiences.

Luis and Jocelyn Bacila at the event.

Luis and Jocelyn Bacila at the event.

The celebration was held to mark the closing of the Museum’s exhibition, Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present. Several of the craftspeople whose work was on display in that exhibit spent the afternoon showing how they create their art and encouraging others to work with their hands. The artists who attended were Denyse Schmidt (quilter), Patricia Burling (weaver), Ruben Marroquin (weaver), Ed Pirnick (woodworker) and Kari Lonning (basketmaker). Hazel Daze, a local shop that sources handmade products from around the globe, offered handcrafted items for sale.

“Fairfield Museum is a community-focused organization, and events like this are designed to bring people of all ages together to learn and share new experiences,” said Deb Owens, marketing and communications manager at Fairfield Museum. “We were thrilled to see so many families here to enjoy the artisans’ demonstrations and to make their own handmade crafts!”

The Fairfield Museum is a non-profit museum, library, cultural arts and educational organization founded in 1903 that provides families in Fairfield County with a wide array of exhibits and educational programs that teach regional history, celebrate a shared heritage, and prepare students and adults to be more active participants in their community. The next exhibition, opening on April 1, will be “Fabulous Animals: The Illustrated World of Robert Lawson.”

Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are free.

For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Ed Pirnick demonstrates woodworking for Zachary Ruiz.

Ed Pirnick demonstrates woodworking for Zachary Ruiz.

Artisan and weaver Patricia Burling explains how to weave.

Artisan and weaver Patricia Burling explains how to weave.

 

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