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26th Annual Holiday House Tour

1764 Saltbox, Home & STUdio of George Hand Wright

Sunday, December 2, 11-4 pm
$55- Tickets Available for purchase today at:
Westport Historical Society
25 Avery Place, Westport

Westport’s famous artists of the 20th century moved here from all over the US, and a number of them still live and work here. This year, both to salute Westport’s place in American art and to complement our current exhibit, US Postage Stamps by Westport Artists (164 stamps by 17 artists), the Westport Historical Society’s 26th Annual Holiday House Tour visits the fascinating homes of 5 Westport artists.  What sets them apart, other than festive seasonal decor, studios with requisite north-facing light and proximity to watercourses, is extraordinary personal collections: some of it, their own art; some by colleagues or neighbors; some by their heroes, and some, not art at all.  A rare treat, not to be missed! Tickets may be pick up at WHS from November  26 – December 2. To purchase tickets, click here: Holiday House Tour

26th Annual Holiday House Tour

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A self-guided odyssey of Architecture, Art and Antiques, through the homes of FIVE Artists.

SENSATIONAL MODERNIST HOME, GALLERY, STUDIO & SCULPTURE GARDEN
Nestled on a north-facing hillside with splendid sculpture garden and brook views from the dining room and deck, this 1986 modernist homestead’s 2006 renovation is a triumphant melding of geometric and industrial form with family, social and studio function. Abundant natural light, reflective metals and earth toned wood and stone provide neutral background to the artist’s exuberant and richly-hued multi-media assemblages.  Caution: serious artists may experience serious studio envy.

ENCHANTING 1764 SALTBOX, HOME & STUDIO for 20th c. ILLUSTRATOR
Dating to 1764, the Eliphalet Sturges saltbox farmhouse, a cherished Westport landmark, saw 2,000 British troops march by in the Revolution, saw automobiles replace horses and carriages, and, in 1908, welcomed George Hand Wright, one of the first artists to buy an abandoned Westport farm and help establish Westport’s artist colony. The current owner, Wright’s godson, preserves the legacy of this painter, illustrator, printmaker, “Dean of Westport Artists” and National Academy of Design honoree.

MODERNIST ART’s BRILLIANT COUNTERPOINT to GRACIOUS 1806 MANOR
Originally an 1806 farmhouse on 250 acres owned by Morris Ketchum, then expanded in 1957 as a gracious Colonial revival manor, replete with authentic period crown moldings and Delft fireplace tiles, this grand residence today also comprises a 3-car garage, carriage house and studio. With surprising and delightful success, the owners, a concert pianist and an artist, celebrate the ornate interior millwork, wall coverings and scale with remarkable temporary and permanent collections of art and found objects.

GREGARIOUS RANCH EMBRACES ART, FAMILY, FRIENDS, RIVER VIEWS
Every artist’s work reflects choices about positive (filled) and negative (empty) space. Likewise, this master artist has filled her custom 1970 home and studio, overlooking the Saugatuck River, with an abundant variety and scope of artwork: her own, and that of others, including family and students. Collectively, it is a flowing narrative of a loving family and the odyssey of a creative soul, from technical proficiency in representational drawing and painting to mastery of abstract painting and sculptural forms.

DESIGNER’S SPECTACULAR RIVERFRONT LOG LODGE
Sited on the Saugatuck River ford crossed by 2,000 British troops in 1777 (with American Major Benedict Arnold in hot pursuit), this vintage European-style log hunting lodge was built by a Swedish woman in 1914, just before World War I. First owner was Arthur Dolge, the embalming fluid manufacturer; then, the Fairfield County Hunt Club; then, Broadway producer, Philip Dunning; then, Jackie Gleason’s manager, Herb Rosenthal. Since 1976, it has been home to an ingenious and prolific interior designer and her family. Don’t miss their splendid Christmas tree, showcasing a 45-year-old ornament collection.

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You will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering each home.
No photography inside the homes, nor children under 12.
Tickets may be picked up at the Westport Historical Society,
Mon. Nov. 26 to Sun., Dec. 2, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm.
No tickets will be mailed. Events will be held, snow or shine.