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New York Times Shines Light On Fairfield Museum Exhibit

Denyse Schmidt, who makes her quilts in a historic factory in Bridgeport, has work on display at the Fairfield Museum.
Denyse Schmidt, who makes her quilts in a historic factory in Bridgeport, has work on display at the Fairfield Museum. Photo Credit: Contributed
The work of handcrafted artisans is on exhibit at the Fairfield Museum
The work of handcrafted artisans is on exhibit at the Fairfield Museum Photo Credit: Fairfield Museum

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The New York Times highlighted the “Handcrafted: Artisans Past and Present,” an exhibition at the Fairfield Museum and History Center featuring centuries-old handcrafts along with work by modern-day artisans.

Its focal point is the connection between the antique pieces from the museum's History Collection and modern designs by ten contemporary artisans, according to the New York Times.

Items on display include jewelry and embroidery, furnishings, and pieces made of ceramic and glass.

This exhibition highlights the diverse and talented artisans who have worked in the region and explores the connection between the area’s strong history of decorative arts and present-day design trends.

Contemporary artists include:

  • Weaver Patricia Burling of Monroe
  • Glass artists Dylan Cotton and Christopher DeMott, of Fairfield
  • Basket weaver Kari Lonning of Ridgefield
  • Jeweler Michael Michaud of Fairfield
  • Textile artist Ruben Marroquin of Bridgeport
  • Woodworker Thomas Throop of New Canaan
  • Ceramist Frances Palmer of Weston
  • Woodworker Edward Pirnik-Mauriz of Fairfield
  • Quilter Denyse Schmidt of Bridgeport
  • Weaver Marnie Smith of Fairfield

Click here to read the New York Times story.

Handcrafted Artisans Past and Present is on view to March 30 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Click here for the museum website.

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