A gallery show called “A Celebration of Trees” at the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center in Wilton from April 22 to May 6, showcases the work of such Connecticut artists as photographer Charles Moretz and painter Kathy Coe, both of Redding.
The exhibit of painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography is to be reassembled in part and mounted in the Gallaher Mansion at the Connecticut Tree Festival on Saturday, May 17, in Cranbury Park.
Among the other artists to be featured in the showing are sculptor Thomas Wood of Wilton, printermaker Pam Rouleau of Wilton, painters Mindy Green of Rowayton, Laurie Bepler of Ridgefield, Bobbi Mullen of Weston and Dimitri Wright of Greenwich.
The exhibition is open to the public daily and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission charge. Information is available at [email protected] or 203-544-0056.
At Cranbury Park in Norwalk, the Connecticut Tree Festival is a family-oriented day of entertainment and education, dedicated to advancing the place trees occupy in the vitality of the ecology. The format assembles up to 40 exhibitors in booths on a U-shaped midway. On the periphery tree care specialists offer kiddies rides to the treetops either in cherry-pickers or securely strapped in a rope harness, all under supervision.
Everything in the park is free to the public — admission, parking, door prizes, even a picnic-style lunch. Exhibitors also pay nothing. And they are not permitted to sell merchandise or services on the grounds. In other words, no one has to put their hand in their pocket on-site for anything.
If householders bring with them sample leaves or twigs, certified arborists are on-site to help identify trees, foliage or unusual conditions. Look for signs that read: “Ask the Arborist.”
Face-painting, scavenger hunts and arts and crafts have been arranged as additional activities for the younger set.
The festival runs rain or shine from 11 to 3. In a mid-day ceremony, an eastern redbud tree is to be planted to honor the late Dick Aime who died last year at age 93 after many years as secretary of the Norwalk Tree Alliance.
Those who would like to contribute funding in support of the festival—individuals, corporations or associations—can do so online at ioby.org/project/2014-connecticut-tree-festival.