The art event, “Artists at Grove Street Plaza,” will feature framed canvases, prints, photographs and ceramics. Some of the painters will work at their easels from 10am to 4pm. 

*For one autumn day, we hope to bring Paris to Darien,” explained Nobu Miki, the Darien modern folk artist who conceived and organized the day.  Montmartre is the 400-foot hill in the northern section of Paris where bohemian painters like Renoir, Picasso and Modigliani lived and worked from 1872 to 1914 in the shadow of the white-domed Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

 

“An outdoor setting like Grove Street Plaza is perfect for a pop-up art event where the whole day will be alive with shoppers and working artists, food and live Chamber music  -- all surrounded by beautiful paintings, photography, prints and ceramics,” Nobu said. 

 

Unlike modern day Montmartre, the Artists at Grove Street Plaza will be demonstrating their brushwork but will not knock out ten-minute pastel portraits of passers-by. “The participating artists are either for-real professionals or Sunday painters with solid local reputations.

 

She recruited the artists with a suggestion to keep the price on most sale items to less than $500 “to make the artwork reasonable and accessible” to a strolling-by clientele who might buy on impulse.  “I think that is part of the outdoor, pop-up spontaneity of the event,” she added.  

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Darien library art gallery. 

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Art by Alex Dolan