The 12th annual Festive Home is in full swing at Ridgefield Guild of Artists, continuing Tuesdays through Sundays through Friday, Dec. 23. This year’s labor-of-love fund-raiser continues the annual holiday emporium tradition with the creativity of member artists and area designers. Rachel Belden, Josh Fischer, Molly Hirsch, Allison Meyler, Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio of Ridgefield, along with Christine Griffiths of Armonk, N.Y., have transformed the normally white gallery walls into vibrant and festive vignettes. These become the backdrop for all the merchandise and artwork for sale during the five-week showcase.
In the first gallery, Josh Fischer plays with contrasts in his vignette. He starts with a dark gray paneled wall to bring out the bright abstract expressions in Tina Sturges’s painting. The heft of the carved table and its traditional details plays well with the modern colors and slick lacquer and glass of the accessories. He says, “Design can be serious and fun at the same time. It’s my goal to capture some of that whimsy in my projects, creating spaces that are inviting both visually and emotionally.”
The team of Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio create a quiet spot to write out Christmas cards, make a gift list, or draft a holiday menu, all among festive décor. They also start with a dark gray backdrop with crisp, clean accessories and a holiday flair. Their area is accented by the abstract artwork of Pamela Stoddart.
In the middle gallery, member artist and designer Allison Meyler features her own contemporary portraits and an abstract in her cozy holiday retreat. She combines her love of color, art and one-of-a-kind vintage finds to create a space that is both unique and functional. “You can curl up in a favorite club chair next to the white Christmas tree decorated with bright, colorful vintage glass balls, and shake up a martini from the cool retro bar.”
There are three vignettes is the large back gallery. Rachel Belden creates a playful workspace that would function beautifully in today’s busy household. She integrates contemporary, handcrafted and industrial design elements and showcases the abstract multimedia artwork of artist Hans Fischer. “Combining furnishings, together with light and color, texture and original artwork gives the space a lighthearted feeling, yet it is still a space where great things can be accomplished.”
Christine Griffiths has designed a foyer in a contemporary lake house. Her inspiration is Malu Tan’s bright and bold “Silver Lining” painting of trees. She incorporates white wallpaper with a touch of modern, metallic texture and blends sleek and natural trimmings to make a vivid contrast.
Molly Hirsch crafts a snapshot of a festive table ready for any holiday celebration. “Using Rachel Volpone’s big and bold artwork as my main inspiration, I’ve blended the bright color palette and stylish accessories to transform what would be an everyday space into holiday magic.”
The guild presents design inspiration and great holiday décor and gifts, including original artwork, at its 12th annual Festive Home. All proceeds help to keep the art guild doors open, providing exhibitions, education and inspiration to artists and art lovers alike.
The Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. Holiday shopping hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863. RGOA is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are greatly appreciated.