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Sesame Street performers to meet, greet and sing

Published 2:27 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014
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Three "Sesame Street" performers are bringing their famous characters to the Silvermine Arts Center for a "Meet, Greet and Sing-A-Long!" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

Pam Arciero (Grundgetta), Marty Robinson (Telly Monster) and Carmen Osbahr (Rosita), all area residents, help kick off the 90th anniversary of the center's incorporation and of the Silvermine School of Art.

Participants will make their own puppets, and then bring their creations to join the "Sesame Street" characters in a sing-a-long and birthday celebration, topped off by decorating -- and eating -- cupcakes.

Silvermine's executive director, Leslee Asch, worked for Jim Henson and the Jim Henson Co. for more than 20 years and remains a trustee of the Jim Henson Foundation.

"We are lucky to have three `Sesame Street' performers who call the Silvermine community home," Asch said. "And we're luckier still that they've agreed to join us for this special occasion. This will be a joyous, not-to-be-missed one-time event. Seating is limited, so I hope everyone will sign up soon to join the fun."

Located in New Canaan, the Silvermine School of Art draws its students, guild artists and patrons from a broad community, including most of Fairfield County and portions of Westchester County. That community includes a number of artists in all disciplines. In 2012, Silvermine Arts Center celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Silvermine Guild of Artists -- and this year, the founding of the School of Art is being celebrated.

In 1922, following the death of its founder, sculptor Solon Borglum, the artists he had gathered together realized that without his leadership, they needed to organize themselves, to retain the community he had built. So, in 1922 they formed the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Two years later, the group formally incorporated.

At the Silvermine School of Art, with a faculty of artist educators, year-round instruction is offered in painting, drawing, mixed-media, fiber arts, photography, printmaking, jewelry and silversmithing, glass-working, ceramics, sculpture and bronze-casting as well as numerous family and youth classes.

For information or tickets to the event, visit www.silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700, ext. 22.