The popular Darien fall tradition – Art Darien was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but it’s back this weekend at Grove Street Plaza — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.
— an announcement from the organizers
“I have been rebuilding the art event to make sure the event will be safe and comfortable for everyone even during the pandemic,” said artist Nobu Miki, the organizer of the two-day event, which is free.
Artists used to bring their display setups and stay at their spots all day. This original idea was inspired by the famous artist colony, Montmartre Paris, and Nobu loved it. But she invested and purchased outdoor display panels this year to create a smoother visitor flow. Artists will be there to meet visitors, but they’ll take turns.
Also, she extended the one-day event by a day in order to spread out visits and prevent crowded conditions.
Most of the artists who will participate have taken part in the past, but there are new artists as well. Together, they’ll display more than 100 works of art.
“Many residents of Darien may know that I have been working as an activist since last June, and I’ll make this annual art event more diverse and inclusive this year,” Miki said.
She will sell bumper stickers at the event to raise money for the ‘Darien United’ inclusivity campaign she’s planning right now.
“I greatly appreciate the sponsorships and help from DR Bank, PG Properties, and Baywater Properties, which have supported this event since the first year and make this event possible,” she said.
Miki will also host her second online art show in October for students, and students can submit their works through the event website. ”I hope people will come see our artwork, enjoy live chamber music by CMI, a group of young musicians, and support local businesses that were damaged by the recent floods. It’s an event where everyone can come see their old friends and meet new people. ”
Admission is free. You can find more information at Artshow-Darien.com.