Ridgefield Guild of Artists (RGOA) presents its 14th annual Festive Home holiday showcase, running now through Sunday, Dec. 23. The white-walled galleries of the antique barn, located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield, have been transformed into a magical marketplace for the event.
This year’s theme is “All That Glitters!” Stepping through the doors, visitors are greeted with glamour and sparkle and lots of holiday inspiration. Five design teams and member artists collaborated to create festive vignettes throughout the gallery space. They have all generously contributed their time and talent to the Guild’s biggest fund-raiser of the year. Their designs offer a dramatic backdrop to all the members’ artwork and many handmade and hand selected items are available for holiday decorating and gift giving.
Leslie Toran and Kimberly Harper make up the team from Toran Harper Interiors. The centerpiece to their vignette features a marble-topped kitchen island with a variety of holiday treats intended to evoke the joyful spirit of gathering with family and friends during the holiday season. The rich, glittery, navy wall is the perfect framework for an ethereal painting by Catherine Heller.
Amanda Dranow of Amanda Dranow Art + Design collaborates with Pottery Barn (PB) Westport and artist Rachel Volpone to create her “Good Tidings Hall.” The rustic PB console made of reclaimed wood with industrial accents is a versatile piece that would work in a front hall, behind a sofa, or serve as a media center. Moon River, the oversized abstract painting on the Carriage Green wall, adds drama.
Stillness, an oil painting by artist Tina Sturges, inspired Josh Fischer of Josh Fischer Design to create a calm, sophisticated, and inviting space that could work as an entry or den. The concrete-topped table brings strength and weight and the ottomans lend a note of softness and function.
“Pretty in Pink” is the theme for Molly Hirsch of Molly Hirsch Interiors’ vignette, which she designed as a snapshot of a foyer in a New York City apartment. Pink lacquer wallpaper covers the walls with layers of artwork from artist Allison Meyler. A nod to classics, with a ghost chair and silver-leafed chest adorned with a Dunes and Duchess candelabra, completes the look.
The Guild is pleased to collaborate with the Ridgefield Thrift Shop this year. Volunteers from the shop have used donations to design and decorate their “Lodge” vignette. Michele Gage’s watercolor fits right in with the rustic console, iron lamps, vintage metal breastplate, snakeskin boots, and a Christmas sleigh. “We receive such wonderful donations from community members every single day, and are excited to showcase them in our holiday vignette,” says Diana Arfine, shop volunteer.
The Ridgefield Thrift Shop, established in 1937, is run entirely by volunteers. The organization donates its proceeds back to the community, and in 2018, they donated over $250,000 to 54 local non-profit organizations. Its mission is to recycle, repurpose, and resell, examples of which are highlighted in its Festive Home “Lodge.”
Holiday shopping hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and entry is free. Visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863 for more information. RGOA is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are greatly appreciated.