Saturday, July 18, 2015

10AM - 4PM



In 2007, Audrey Heard, Lana Orphanides, Judith Winder and Millie Carlson started Art on Groton Bank with 14 exhibitors. The idea was to give regional artists a congenial space to show and sell their work and mingle with each other and the art-inspired public, bringing the arts to Groton City through participation and education.

Since then, this arts festival has attracted hundreds of artists to the grounds of the Bill Memorial Library, next to the Groton Monument, on the third Saturday in July. In 2014, 17 artists and artisans participated.

With more than 300 years of maritime history, Groton is home to Fort Griswold State Park, a Revolutionary War battlefield; the Avery-Copp House; the Ensign Ebenezer Avery House; and the Monument House Museum. The World War II Submarine Memorial and Wall of Honor are nearby, and the Nautilus Museum is two miles up the Thames River near the Groton Submarine Base. Groton is also home to Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics, where our country’s submarines are built; the World Headquarters for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut with the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art; the Noank Foundry Artists Cooperative; the Mystic Art Association; and The Gallery at Lighthouse, Groton.