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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Through Artist’s Eyes: Norwalk’s People and Places in the WPA Murals

Sep 01, 2014 03:40AM

Norwalk Preservation Trust’s fourth annual Living History Tour is partnering with the Norwalk Arts Commission to create an insider’s tour of Norwalk’s collection of WPA murals on September 28 at 1pm. The tour will start with a docent-led look at the paintings and rarely seen source photographs, continuing with a bus tour around Norwalk to view the sites today.

Re-enactors will join the tour en route to bring to life the people, scenes and events portrayed in the paintings. A reception with refreshments will conclude the tour. WPA artists created more than 50 works of art for Norwalk’s public schools libraries and post offices from 1935 to 1941. While much of the WPA art nationally has been lost or destroyed, most of Norwalk’s collection was rescued and restored. The Norwalk collections consist of nearly 50 murals, 31 of which are at City Hall.

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