Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show benefits Merwinsville Hotel

Artist Ken Rist will sell his pewter and wood artistic creations at the third annual Spring Art and Fine Crafts Show at the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration May 5 and 6.

GAYLORDSVILLE — Art and fine crafts will return to the historic Merwinsville Hotel for the third annual Spring Arts and Fine Crafts Show May 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year will again feature artist demonstrations, according to a news release from organizers.

Over 60 local artists and artisans will have work on display and all is for sale. A portion of sales benefits the Merwinsville Hotel restoration, which has been ongoing for 47 years. Much progress has been made recently with renovations to the third-floor ballroom, but there’s much more still to do.

The show features artwork in glass, photography, jewelry, wood-turning, pottery and more. Locally grown plants will be available from Meadowbrook Garden and the Village Farm Shop and Greenhouse, both in New Milford.

“Feedback has been great about the live artist demonstrations the last two years, and we plan to expand the number of artists demonstrating this year,” said co-chairwoman Linda McMillan. Along with co-chairwoman Lori Meehan, the organizers promise this year’s artists won’t disappoint.

Throughout the show there will be several artist demonstrations. Don Metz will demonstrate wood-turning with his portable lathe; Linda Banks will demonstrate fused glass; McMillan will share her skills in wood carving and Meehan will demonstrate piercing and sawing using a jewelers saw.

This year is the 175th anniversary of the Merwinsville Hotel, which opened for business in 1843. The second floor features rooms with period furniture and decor reminiscent of the hotel’s earliest years. There is a museum of artifacts featuring the rich history of the building that was originally a meal stop and station for the Housatonic Railroad.

A $2 donation is requested. Children under 12 are free. Members are admitted free; members with a “sponsor” membership (or higher) will receive a discount on art purchased.