Wee Faerie Village: Florence Griswold Museum’s annual exhibit means magic for the family

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The Wee Faerie Village, a popular, annual tradition at the Florence Griswold Museum, just opened, creating imaginative fun for families.  News 8 takes viewers to this magical destination.

A world where tables are tiny and tea cups are miniscule.  Touring the Wee Faerie Village is an enchanting experience, created by artists. 

“We give them a location and they create a beautiful museum-quality fairy house installation that they put on our grounds for the whole month of October,” says Director of Education and Outreach David Rau.  “It’s kind if a crazy phenomenon.”

The theme for the tenth anniversary is all about the alphabet.  Welcome to Lettersburg Junction.  Visitors follow a map.  Rau built a structure called the Towering Tripe Towers. 

“It’s a labor of love.  It takes hours but the hours disappear,” he says, noting that onlookers are challenged to find three small turtles, as the circle the sculpture and study the precise artistry.  “What’s really great is we see little kids, big kids, mom and dad and grandma and grandpa all doing this together.  So, it’s a great intergenerational event.”

House-creator Kristen Thornton thinks this outdoor exhibit helps kids build their imagination and become excited about art. 

“I like them to see how all the different artists here go about it in their own way,” she says.  “There’s no right or wrong, you just go for it.”  Rau believes the village helps think outside of the box:  “I hope people get inspired to make something out of nothing and go home and make fairy houses of their own.”

The village – full of captivating craftsmanship – gives families the opportunity to learn more about Miss Florence who transformed her home into an art colony in the early 1900s. 

“You might not know about the art museum or history museum or gardens but come see the fairies and when you visit, everything is open,” says Rau.  “It’s a magical thirteen acres.”

See the Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum through October 28th.

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