Festive Home 2015 is underway and the galleries at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists century-old barn have been magically transformed into a holiday showcase and sale. This annual fund-raiser, which is free and open to the public, runs through Wednesday, Dec. 23, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 to 5.
The theme for the 11th annual event is “Home for the Holidays.” Eight local decorators have been paired with member artists, donating their time and talent to create festive vignettes.
Five designers are veterans to Festive Home. Amanda Dranow, Rachel Belden and Molly Hirsch hail from Ridgefield, while Lisa Bartro and Briony Noome are from Redding. New this year are Joshua Fischer and Madelyne Gray, formerly of New York City, and Andrea Romeo. All now live in Ridgefield.
Entering the guild barn, visitors will be welcomed by an entry by floral designer Donna Von Holdt. In the front room, Amanda Dranow is inspired by Swedish neoclassical style, mixing modern and antique elements to create a sophisticated country-casual vignette. Her palette begins with a Swedish blue backdrop highlighting antique plates and an abstract painting by Rachel Volpone. Festive greenery adds to the mix.
Rachel Belden creates an elegant entrance to a family room, integrating traditional and contemporary design elements and showcasing Sharon Cavagnolo’s artwork. She combines furniture, fabrics and accessories with rich tones and shades of deep charcoal, gold and burgundy. Madelyne Gray has recently transported her style of “understated elegance” from Manhattan to Ridgefield. Festive Home is her introduction to the Ridgefield community. She fashions a feminine retreat, complete with a chaise in soft pastels, silk drapery and a naturalistic painting by Amy Kaplan.
Andrea Romeo of Kate Reese Design has taken on the middle room with a cozy gathering spot, decked out for the holidays. With a dark gray background and silver, white and pink touches, Andrea has created a real festive feel. It’s full of textures, and Pam Stoddart’s abstracts add the right accent. “Yedi Fresh joins us as our new artist in residence,” says Pam Stoddart, executive director. “He is a painter, illustrator and cartoonist and we look forward to working with him.” His painting is featured in the middle room.
In the back room, Lisa Bartro and Briony Noome have joined forces to bring a bit of bling to the guild with their New Year’s Eve celebration. The mantel is decked out with glitter and gold. Antonio Muñoz’s graphic piece completes the vignette and pops off the chocolate brown wall. Joshua Fisher shares some of his city sensibility, expressing himself in a modern, fun, yet classic space. Taking center stage is a multifunctional table and a large New York City-scape by Hans Fischer. It’s a gathering place for wrapping presents, writing cards or having cocktails with friends. Molly Hirsch brings a sophisticated and dreamy coastal retreat in shades of white, silver and turquoise, adding a stunning bench and featuring a romantic seascape by Donna Von Holdt.
These vignettes add visual impact and the festive backdrop to all the merchandise for sale, including handmade and hand-selected gifts, holiday décor and artwork. Ridgefield Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. Visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863 for more details. RGOA is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are greatly appreciated.