STRATFORD, CT — Stratford residents will be invited this summer to pull up a stool at one of 20 artistically decorated tables as part of the town’s latest street art project, “Around the Table.”

The bistro table sets, complete with umbrellas, will line Main Street starting in early June for the juried art show. More than 100 artists have submitted their vision to creatively enhance the sets, according to co-chair Michelle Genuario, who teaches art at Stratford High School and said student artists as well as professionals were invited to apply to be featured in the exhibit.

“We like a variety of artists,” said Genuario’s fellow co-chair, Eli Whitney Elementary School art teacher Aubrey Booska.

Genuario and Booska oversaw the past public art shows, “Share a Chair,” in 2015 and, “Light the Way,” in 2017. With “Around the Table,” they wanted to bring attention to the importance of personal interaction and togetherness, Genuario said. The pair hope to host a board game day using the tables, where families can unplug and interact, Booska said, and they may also incorporate the bistro sets into a pub crawl with local restaurants.

Most of the artistic interpretations are expected to be done in paint, Booska said, but sculptural or mosaic elements are also encouraged. Each of the pieces will be sold at a live auction in the fall, according to Genuario, with the proceeds benefitting art student scholarships at Bunnell and Stratford high schools, Stratford’s Business Education Support Team partnership and possibly additional arts grants.

Stratford officials anticipate the exhibit will promote downtown and foster art appreciation in the community.

Artist submissions are closed, but the show is still seeking sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $5,000, according to information provided by the town. For more details, email stratfordstreetsculpture@gmail.com.





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