New Canaan’s October4design celebration will come to a close this weekend, and from all indications, the event has been an overwhelming success.
“Fantastic, truly fantastic,” are the words Nancy Geary, executive director of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, uses to describe the first three weeks of the month-long celebration of architecture, art, and design in the community.
“All of the events have been sold out, the feedback we have received from those in attendance has been amazing, and there have been nights when the people have not wanted to leave,” Geary says. “We’re already looking forward to 2022.”
This is the second year of October4design, although the 2020 version was limited because of COVID-19 concerns. So many of the in-person events such as the gallery stroll, home tours, luncheons, and numerous presentations at the Museum & Historical Society were being staged for the first time with people in attendance.
“The mixed group of people who came out to the events has created some great conversations between many forward-thinking people not only from New Canaan but from many other areas as well.” Geary says. “Every program has exceeded our expectations.’’
Geary wanted to thank the many local volunteers who donated their time and knowledge, while also looking ahead to next year’s event.
“I’m so grateful for the community support we have received,” she said. ‘’All of our volunteers have been amazing. Their contribution goes beyond donating their time. They are engaged and are the reason this event has been so special.”
There is only one event scheduled this week. Geary said the closing reception scheduled for Friday (October 29th) had to be cancelled because of a scheduling conflict. Check out the remaining calendar of events for October4design here.
Here is this week’s event:
Tuesday, October 26th
- Bauhaus 1919-1933: Origins and Evolution: Architect Mark Markiewicz will discuss the impact the Bauhaus movement had on art, architecture, and design, particularly in the New Canaan area. Bauhaus emphasized the unification of the principles of mass production with individual artistic vision and was founded by German architect Walter Gropius. Gropius eventually taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and influenced such students as Philip Johnson. This event is free and begins at 7 p.m.