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Darien Artists Showcase Work In Grove Street Plaza

Darien artist Nobu Miki displays her work at the Paris-themed outdoor art event she organized in the Grove Street Plaza Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Plein air artist Britt Bair showcases some of her paintings of cows Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Gigi Barrett with some pieces from her nautical and equine collections Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Crowds gather in Darien's Grove Street Plaza for Saturday's outdoor art event Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Musicians from the Chamber Music Institute perform for the crowds Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. – Nobu Miki wanted to find a way to gather Darien’s artists together, so she created a Paris-themed outdoor art show that was held Saturday at the Grove Street Plaza.

“I’m an artist, and the idea just hit me like lightning,” Miki said. She painted a work of art to show her vision of what the event would be, and brought the idea to developers Penny Glassmeyer and David Genovese, who thought it was a great idea.

The event brought together more than 20 local artists in the Grove Street Plaza Saturday, with music and food and proceeds benefitting the Darien Arts Center.

“I think Grove Street Plaza has the potential to be the heart of Darien,” Miki said. She said that Darien used to have more art events before the financial crisis, and she wanted to bring that back. “Nobody did it, so I said, ‘Well, maybe it’s time to start organizing something.’”

Darien artist Britt Bair was showcasing her plein air paintings, with a special focus on paintings of cows.

“I’ve been doing cows for about four years,” Bair said. She’s been painting all her life, and began taking pictures and sketching cows while out in the Midwest where her daughter was going to college. “It’s their faces, their expressions drew me in. I love the way the light reflects off their coats.”

She said she hopes the outdoor event becomes a yearly tradition in Darien.

“This has been a great event. Nobu is amazing, doing this on her own,” Bair said.

Gigi Barrett displayed pieces from her equine collection, as well as some from her nautical collection featuring jellies. She is very involved in equine rescue work, and many of the proceeds of her work goes to equine rescue operations.

“They’re such majestic creatures, they have such beauty and grace,” she said of the horses that inspire many of her charcoal pieces. She also likes jellies because of their “ghost-like features. They’re translucent, and I try to capture that feeling.”

Barrett also said she was impressed by the Grove Street event.

“It’s amazing how much community spirit Nobu has,” Barrett said. “Hopefully this event will go on forever.”

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