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Waterford Historical Society (CT)

Art in Waterford 2021: Past+Present+Future, August 14, 15

The third annual Art in Waterford exhibition on Jordan Green on August 14, 15, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, is a free, family-oriented event featuring a display of ship carvings and fine furnishings by craftsmen of the past in the Beebe-Phillips House and Jordan Park House; local artists’ paintings in a juried art show for sale in Stacy Barn; artwork by “future” artists, area middle and high school students, in the 1740 Jordan Schoolhouse. Live music, en plein aire painters, tours of historic buildings, blacksmiths working at the forge, food and beverages for sale near picnic tables, and vintage cars. The Waterford Public Library will sponsor colonial arts and crafts activities for children.

Admission is free, but donations to the Waterford Historical Society, Inc. are greatly appreciated to help us continue to present this annual event! Be sure to first stop by the main tent to purchase a program with bios and background on all the artists to enhance your visit, learn of Waterford's distinguished artists, past and present, and to support the Society. 

There also will be tickets sold for three drawings: purchase a chance and win one of two original paintings, or a hand-forged original design "poker" from the blacksmith's shop. Notecards and hand-forged items from the smithy will also be available for sale.

"Past" artists featured this year are nationally renowned Waterford woodcrafters Harold Hayes and Willard Odell Shepard; several of their hand-carved wooden masterpieces, furniture and ship carvings will be on display in the Beebe-Phillips House and Jordan Park House.  

Fine art by local artists will be for sale in the “Present” juried exhibit in the Stacy Barn. This year’s theme has been expanded to encompass southeastern Connecticut or Connecticut shoreline subjects. 

"Future" artists - local middle school and high school students - will be displayed appropriately in the old Jordan Schoolhouse.

The blacksmith's forge will be open for visitors. So will the Stacy Barn, full of antique farming items and a restored and operational 1958 International Harvester "Farmall Cub Loboy" Tractor! 

This year, food and beverage trucks will be on site. So come for the day and bring the family.

Parking is available at Jordan Green, the Waterford Public Library, and the Waterford Community Center (a 5-minute walk.) Handicap-accessible restrooms are found in the Stacy Barn lower levevl.