Waterford, CT Historical Society
Families and friends can discover fine works of art by past artists of Waterford, and local contemporary and student artists in the second annual, free exhibition showcased in historic buildings at Jordan Green, sponsored by the Waterford Historical Society, on August 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visitors can enjoy live music, art activities and “en plein aire” painting, as well as sketching, visiting the working blacksmith’s forge and strolling the Green, located at the junction of Routes 153 and 213 in Waterford, Connecticut.
Sloping farmlands, two rivers and the sea form the geophysical area of Waterford, Connecticut, and have inspired artists for centuries. In 2020 “ART IN WATERFORD: Past + Present + Future” will highlight the art of noted “Past” artists of three to four generations of the White and Brooks families, who were among Waterford’s founders. The artwork of nine juried “Present” working artists, all of whom have connections to the Town of Waterford, varies from watercolors to pastels to oils. Etchings and sketchings are also included. Scenes depict water views, landscapes and portraits. Some pieces of contemporary artwork will be for sale.
In the historic 1740 one-room Jordan Schoolhouse, “Future” artists will display works based on their personal interpretations of the theme “From One-Room Schoolhouse to No-Room Schoolhouse.” Area students from grades 6-12 from St. Bernard’s High School, The Williams School, Clark Lane Middle School and Waterford High School have experienced an abbreviated school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were asked to produce works of art. To spur their creativity, the exhibit application invited students to respond to such prompts as “Where do I study?” “When do I study? “How do I study?” “Who - or what - is nearby?” A range of interpretations can be viewed at the exhibit.
An added attraction, the working forge in the Stacy Barn blacksmith’s shop will be operational, and various items produced by the blacksmiths in the smithy will be available for purchase, such as bottle openers, candle holders, rustic hooks and more.
Art in Waterford visitors may also enter a drawing for a chance to win an original 16” x 20” acrylic painting, “Latimer’s Reef,” by local artist Pat Kelbaugh of Niantic. In January 2020, Kelbaugh donated the painting to the Waterford Historical Society to serve as a fundraiser to benefit the organization. The frame was hand-crafted by Kelbaugh’s husband. Her artwork will be featured in the PRESENT exhibit in the Stacy Barn during the weekend event. Tickets for the drawing for the painting, a $500 value, are $5 each or $20 for 5, (cash or check only) available at the event. The winner will be contacted by telephone after the event and need not be present for the drawing.
As the public is invited to view this exhibit, public safety precautions must be followed. Visitors are asked to bring their own facial coverings and to be respectful of social distancing while enjoying the show.
Art supplies, sketch books, and printed programs of the 2019 and 2020 Art in Waterford exhibitions will be offered for sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Waterford Historical Society.
Parking is free and will be available at the lot off Avery Lane, at the Waterford Public Library, and at the nearby Community Center --- all within a short walking distance. The Stacy Barn, where some works of art will be displayed, is handicap accessible. Public restrooms are also located in the ground level of the Stacy Barn.
The inaugural Art in Waterford: Past, Present and Future festival took place in April 2019. This free public event on the Jordan Green on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., featured Waterford artists from the past, present and future. Visitors could learn about Waterford's art history, enjoy live music, tour the Town's historic buildings, purchase quality contemporary artwork, and visit a working blacksmith’s forge.
"The Day" newspaper published a fine article prior to the event on April 21, 2019: First “Art in Waterford” festival happens at Jordan’s Green next weekend.
View the video, a composite of scenes from Art in Waterford 2019, showcasing the interiors of the historic buildings, the premier works of art on exhibit, and the working forge. In the photograph below, visitors strolling on Jordan Green's beautiful grounds.