Westville Village Artwalk in New Haven, CT
|May 12, 2014||Posted by Sarah under Connecticut, Fun|
Imagine a village set within a city full of shops, bistros and artists. Now imagine the whole village opens its doors for everyone to enjoy. Well that is exactly what happened at the Westville Village Artwalk this weekend!
This was my first time attending the festival in Westville, a small village in New Haven, CT, and had a great time learning more about the community. I started at the top of Whalley Avenue and made my way down to the Artist & Artisan Village. Two streets were closed off with around 35 or so vendors set up.
There were so many interesting things to see! Jewelry, teas, clothing, artwork, soaps…you name it!
I was happy to see one of my favorite local artists, Tom Ryan, there. He was showcasing his new skateboard collection and I was happy to once again see my favorite piece, Little Oscar, was still available…one day it will be mine!
At the end of the market were a few interactive art activities, including a pottery wheel where kids could try to throw a pot! I used to LOVE making pottery so I watched this for a while.
Also there was the Converse “Re-Imagined” exhibit. 33 local artists were given a pair of white Chuck Taylor High-Tops (donated by Converse to the Artwalk) and were given free reign to “reimagine” them. The pieces were then donated to the silent auction to fun Artwalk. Cool, right?? Check out some of these pieces…they were pretty rad!
Next I headed down to Edgewood Park to check out the kids activities and the band that was playing on the main stage there. I believe the band playing at the time was Wess Meets West and they were pretty damn good!
There were TONS of kids activities set up, but the coolest one by far was this bike powered spin art…kids and adults were loving it and it looked like a lot of fun!
I walked around a bit more and took in some of the street art that was around. Then I headed to check out some of the artist studios that were open.
This was really cool to see where the artists actually create as well as see the work close up. This studio belonged to Frank Bruckmann, his work is really beautiful!
On my way back up Whalley Avenue, I popped into a few other shops and galleries along the way.
In one storefront, there were two very interesting exhibits. The first was a look at the local transportation system and how it could possibly be improved upon. People were encouraged to share their ideas and solutions.
In the same location was the Urban Seed [ ] Ponics Lab, where an aquaponics system was on display showing how food can be more nutritious and sustainable by using fish. So interesting…
Those photos are from a hydroponic set up at one of our favorite restaurants, Caseus, on their roof. B and I got to tour it last summer when they first installed the system and it is pretty cool!
What a fun event! I can’t believe I’ve never attended this before…I’ll definitely be back! Do you have any local art fairs in your town?