Saturday, July 16; Sunday, July 17
Times: The Village is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Standard daytime admission is $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55+), $14 for youth (4-17), $14 for college students (with a valid college ID), and free for children 3 and under.
Throughout history, art and music have served as a platform for expression, connection, documentation, and change. During Music and Art Weekend at the Village, learn about a variety of artistic pursuits, including song, watercolor, portraiture, sculpture, drawings, and other crafts. Listen to 19th-century music, learn about the history of violins and guitars, see our talented artists hard at work, watch demonstrations of profile cutting, and more.
Performances and demonstrations will include:*
- Listen to a selection of historical waltzes
- See demonstrations of landscape art, botanical watercolors, and pastel portraits in the style of Ruth Hanshaw Bascom
- Learn about the “hurdy gurdy” and hear a sampling of music played on one
- Watch profiles being skillfully cut
- Take a walking tour of Village art
- See the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers and Old Sturbridge Village Singers perform (Saturday only)
- See part of the process of reproducing an 1830s classical guitar (Sunday only)
- View artwork inspired by OSV and created by friends of the Village
*Subject to change; check back closer to the event for times and locations.
Did You Know? The Story of One 19th-Century Artist
Ruth Henshaw Miles Bascom’s career as a portraitist began in 1828, at the age of 56. The previous year, her stepdaughter had married, leaving Ruth and her husband alone. Her husband began traveling south for his health, leaving Ruth much time and opportunity to start her career as an itinerant portraitist. She began by visiting friends and relatives throughout New England. In her first year alone, she finished 80 portraits of family and friends, charging between one and four dollars apiece. Many of Ruth’s portraits were bust-length silhouettes, created by outlining a cast shadow of the profile of the sitter on drawing paper. She would then color the picture with pastel crayons, and later in her career, would add abstract landscapes to the background. Throughout her career, she never advertised, instead relying on the extensive network of friends and family she had throughout New England for referrals. Ruth continued to travel and create portraits until 1846, creating around 1,400 portraits in all, less than a quarter of which survive today.