The Naugatuck Historical Society Museum is continuing its initiative to emphasize and publicize our borough’s rich heritage, culture and architectural gems through a variety of programs, events and walking tours.  We are hosting our 5th Annual Art Show, Dedicated to Pam Bogert. Pam Bogert was an artist, children’s librarian and a friend of the Society. It was her dream to have a juried show this year in Naugatuck. The art show also includes a StudenART Show featuring budding artists from our area, a NaugARTuck Day – a Free community art day and a Celebration of Art wine and cheese reception. The StudenART Show is open during regular museum hours, April 18 – April 25 and is open to all PreK – 12 grade students.

This year we have asked widely acclaimed muralist and portraitist Tony Falcone of Cheshire to be one of the judges for our art show, along with artist and art historian Anne Siefert.  Anne has the pleasure of working in The Hudson Building, one of the historic buildings in downtown Naugatuck. Tony has been a professional artist for almost four decades.  His art has been displayed in universities, museums and galleries throughout Connecticut and his portraits, paintings and murals hang in the homes and businesses of Falcone collectors throughout the East Coast.  You’ve probably seen and appreciated his giant mural of racing horses on the Sports Haven building at Long Wharf when you have driven through New Haven on I-95.

Falcone recently stated, “I’m aware of Naugatuck’s magnificent collection of buildings designed by world-famous architects like Henry Bacon who designed the Naugatuck railroad station as well as the Lincoln Memorial and the numerous buildings designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White.  Driving through Naugatuck’s downtown is like visiting an art gallery for buildings.  “I applaud the board of directors and the art show committee for their efforts to bring attention to the abilities of artists from Naugatuck and surrounding towns.  I’m honored to be one of the judges and I urge art lovers to visit the Naugatuck Historical Society Museum on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 for the exhibit’s opening from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.”

The reception includes live music by the Woodwind Ensemble, wine and cheese, silent auction and artist award presentation. Admission to the reception is $10. NaugARTuck Day features live music and free admission. Donations will be accepted for Pam’s daughter’s college trust fund.

Naugatuck Historical Society is pleased that Mr. Falcone and Ms. Siefert will be at the opening of the exhibit to speak with the artists and art aficionados.