It’s not every day that the Ridgefield Historical Society (RHS) participates in an art exhibition, but we certainly had fun getting ready for Picturing Our Past, which opens at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists on Saturday, March 12. The show runs until Saturday, April 2, and all Historical Society Members are invited to a special Walk & Talk and light reception on Sunday, March 20, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm to meet a few of the artists, as well as the RHS team.
The exhibit features over 50 works inspired by the history and heritage of Ridgefield, and also includes a selection of special treats from the Historical Society collections. “It was such a delight to tour the RHS archive,” said Mary Pat Devine, president of the Guild and curator of the show. “It is quite the collection of the town’s history.”
RHS Collections Manager, Betsy Reid, agrees. “The items in our collection are not intended to be ‘hidden gems,’ cloistered away in the vault. It felt great to get them out in the fresh air and over to the Guild, where they can be seen and appreciated.”
The artwork in the exhibition celebrates the history, landscape, architecture, characters, and sensibility of Ridgefield, and also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Ridgefield Historical Society, which was officially founded in 2001 with the relocation and reconstruction of the David Scott House. The House was originally built at the corner of Main and Catoonah Streets and now stands proudly at Sunset Lane and Grove Street.
In anticipation of the Picturing Our Past opening, we share with you photo highlights of our exhibit preparations. Thank you to our Ridgefield High School interns, Sara Shepherd and Tyler Ingram; and volunteers Kevin Julier and Nicholas Van Den Nieuwenhuizen, who supported the effort with energy and enthusiasm, and not a small bit of strength.