Within the past few weeks, artists of all ages in Norwalk have been recognized for their work, as the city gains a greater appreciation for art, its influence, and diversity.
"Don't let anybody tell you that your creativity isn't worth anything because it's a very individual and a very unique trait and there's nobody else in the world that has that outlook, but you," said exhibit curator Scott Kirkendall.
The Norwalk Historical Society awarded local artists Thursday night at its DiverseCity Juried Art Exhibit at the town house museum. It's the Historical Society's second annual art show showcasing over 40 paintings, drawings, photographs and collages from 21 artists representing neighborhoods, businesses people and cultures in Norwalk.
"We here at the society are really charged with representing the city's istory," said Norwalk Historical Society Board President Erik Anderson. "But it goes more than that, we are here representing the city as a whole and much of our history is so diverse and that is being reflected in tonight's art."
Students from one of Norwalk's oldest nonprofit community centers, the Carver Foundation, were awarded for their photography.
"It's a really nice foundation," said Norwalk High School student Assata Toney. "You can do your homework but they also have other activities, like photography."
"Last year our focus was on secret Norwalk, so secret little glimpses that people may not have seen," said Anderson. "This year we wanted to pull out what was diverse about Norwalk, what stood out, what drew people's attention to this patchwork that we live in."
This year's first place winner, Scott Kirkendall says he used discarded photographs from local tag sales, as a backdrop for his interpretation of the American Flag.
"What I wanted to do for this theme was honor the people who came to Norwalk or this country as immigrants and who created the basis of this nation," said Scott Kirkendall. "When you think about it, Norwalk is just a microcosm of the United States."
A portion of all art work sales will support the Norwalk Historical Society’s education programs. The exhibition will be on display until June 29.