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Westport Set to Kick Off 'Art About Town'

WESTPORT, Conn. – Main Street will close to traffic Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. as local artists and the Westport community come together to celebrate opening ceremonies for Art About Town.

“We try to create a really fun celebration for all the artists showcasing their work and for the community and surrounding towns,” said Cathy Colgan, special events producer for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.

The opening night celebration will include live music with Relative Souls, a funk and soul group, headlining. Street performers will entertain while artists hold live demonstrations. Dragone Classic Motors has donated two Volkswagen Bugs to be painted by graffiti artists.

“It will be a fun and unique beginning of an event,” said Colgan.

This is the second year the merchants association is hosting Art About Town. According to the website, the goal is to bring original, affordable and obtainable artwork to shop and restaurant windows in Westport, as well as create an enjoyable and walkable downtown gallery. The program runs through Sunday, June 17.

The association said Art About Town was well-received last year. The organization hopes it will be more successful this year. More than 100 artists applied and 79 were accepted. Artists are from Westport, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stamford and other surrounding areas.

“The idea is that we get original artwork from local artists and we take that art and display it to the community,” said Colgan.

Participating stores, companies and restaurants will hang a purple stop sign in their window to indicate they have artwork on display. A map of artwork locations can be picked up at any participating store and is also available online. Although many of the stores participating are on Main Street, artwork will be displayed all over town. All of the artwork is for sale.

A rain date for the opening night celebration is Thursday, May 31. All ages are welcome and there will be interactive activities for families.

“Westport has a longstanding heritage of art and an art community,” said Colgan.  “We are glad to continue that tradition.”

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