Artists find a home at New Milford festival

The beauty of New Milford's Village Green was complemented to perfection June 14-15 by the 19th annual Outdoor Art Festival.

The popular event, hosted by the New Milford Historical Society & Museum, offered food by The Maxx and the music of the all-female band, Offbeat, featuring local artist Ann Harriet Carew.

Mostly under sunny skies for two straight days, it presented regional artists and patrons of their work the chance to bond, exchange ideas and perhaps consummate a sale or two along the way.

This year's edition was also graced by the works of fine crafts artisans.

The juried festival also offered artists the opportunity to match their skills for prized awards.

"It's a wonderful event for the town of New Milford," said Pat Lathrope, chairwoman of the event and a member of the historical society's trustees. "People look forward to it each year."

The historical society hoped to raise $4,000 to $5,000, proceeds to help support its offerings in the community.

It marked the third straight season that the museum has guided the art fest's fortunes.

The festival was co-sponsored by The Greater New Milford Spectrum for the 17th straight year.

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Photography by Norm Cummings