A Summer Palette

Ashford Area Arts Council (AAAC) and Westford Hill Distillers (WHD) are eagerly planning for another successful A Summer’s Palette!  Join us in showcasing our talented artisans on the Saturday, June 24th RAIN OR SHINE from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Quiet Corner of CT is home to many talented, and nationally recognized, artisans and authors. 
The idyllic setting of Westford Hill Distillers is rich in colors, views and history and provides for a picture-perfect day for all.  It’s a day to relax and breathe in the natural beauty of the Chatey’s property while supporting 30+ local artists.  In addition, the day will offer:

  • – Plein air painting – bring your own chair & easel & capture this beautiful setting on canvas! 
  • – A Summer’s Palette signature cocktail created by Westford Hill Distillers, plus other craft spirit beverages.
  • – Meet the distiller, Louis Chatey, and learn about 25 years of Westford Hill Distillers and this historic property.
  • – Sweet Lil Details baked goods https://www.sweetlildetailsllc.com/
  • – Live music
  • – Poetry readings by local poets  
  • – Kids activities (incl. a plein air table w/supplies)
  • – Pollinator Pathways and Garden Club table
Suzy Staubach, Potter and Author – suzy@willowtreepottery.us
Dan Merlo, Wood turner – dlm3817@gmail.com
Steve Gerling, wood carver, colored pencil, watercolor artist –segerling@snet.net
Dan Rackliffe, potter – DanRackliffePottery@gmail.com
Jane Rackliffe, glass artist – janerackliffe@gmail.com
Kathy Weigold, hand woven fabrics – www.swiftwaters.org
Gretchen Geromin/Lauren Merlo, decorative wood – Art at Thistle Run
Joseph Burger, watercolor – joseph-burger.pixels.com
Michael Metsak, goat’s milk soap and lotions – Hy-Hopefarm.com
Joan Blade Johnson, fabric artist – www.jbjfiberart.com
Mark Drobney, wood and laser cutouts
Anna Harding, stained glass – Annas Infinity Art on Etsy
Sue Muldoon, woven baskets – www.reduxforyou.com
Debora Aldo, mosaic artist – www.pietreduredesign.com
Marylin MaKuch, Metal Jewelry – Artist Open Studio page
T-Shirts with a Purpose, artist designed shirts – Facebook Page
Here’s the PDF of the artists, schedule and event layout:

Come for the art, the setting, the spirits, the food, the music, the camaraderie & fun… Whatever your inspiration, we welcome you!  

Although we adore pets, we ask that you do not bring them to this event. Thank you!

More than 25 artists will be exhibiting and selling their artwork, plus enjoy live music, observe or participate in plein air painting. Woodturning and woodcarving, pottery, authors, fiber art, fairy houses, hand-made soaps, basketry, mosaics, musical instruments, photography, weaving, and more.

Desserts by Sweet “Lil Details, plus craft cocktails available for purchase.  All this fun is taking place on the grounds at Westford Hill Distillers, New England’s first craft distiller.  Westford Hill Distillers is located on a 200-acre property that has been under the stewardship of the Chatey family since 1919. Enjoy the mature gardens, learn about craft distillation. Live music includes performances by Ashford’s Babcock Cornet Band, the longest-performing cornet band in the country. This is what a day in June should be–bring along your friends, enjoy art, hear great music and drink in an authentic New England experience in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.