This weekend, tons of artists are flooding into town for the 2014 Westport Fine Arts Festival. It's an annual fundraisder for the Downtown Merchants Association, to be held along the Saugatuck River. And, to give you a taste of what you might find - I sat down with one artists, bringing her NYC flavor to the town of Westport.
"They usually have a nice emotional reaction to it. And, I like it when I see someone smiling. I know it hits a nerve when someone is laughing at my work - not that they think it's funny. But, that it brings light to their life," said Abramson.
Amy Abramson is a new artists to this year’s show.
"I applied online. I just started hearing about shows from friends and I was encouraged to do it. And I was very thrilled when I got in because it's a fine, legitimate show," she said.
She comes from about an hour away in the Bronx, andoday she’s working out of her studio here, putting last minute touches on what you might see.
“I started doing a series of figures in exercise mode because I myself am doing cross fit,” she said.
She’s someone whose paintings very much stem from her everyday life as her thoughts move from her mind to her paintbrush. And, as a result, you see these bright paintings, each telling a different story.
“They love the color, kids are particularly attracted to the colors. I would have to say that my style is very loose - because it comes out of my head - it's a loose style," she said.
Abramson’s paintings selling anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars; and, at this year’s show, you are likely to spot these two faces.
"I think what I'm drawn to more than anything is expression. And, the face - as long as you don't abstract it - is the most naked expression that there is," said Abramson.
Abramson is one of hundreds of artists who will be gracing Westport this weekend. The show is planned for Saturday and Sunday, starting at ten am and going until five. You can learn more by going to www.westportfineartsfestival.com