Author Archives: Elizabeth Howard

Henna at the festival: Beyond face painting

Henna Art by Samary Rodriguez of Art Sensations, Stratford

Stratford henna artist Ameira Hernandez and her team join us on the green this weekend. We could not be more thrilled. Body painting is art without a doubt, and henna, in particular, is both artful and historical. The Ancient Art of Henna Henna is a plant which grows in the tropical climates of Africa, northern […]

Looks familiar, hmmm…

Greg Corvino birdhouse

Back again is one of our most POPULAR artisans this year, Stratford woodworker Greg Corvino. The owner of Birdseye Birdhouses, his tent always attracts the attention of our festival goers. More new 2016 birdhouses were posted on his FB site recently and we couldn’t but notice a resemblance! What do you think? Be sure to […]

Performance Schedule 2016


We are thrilled to have our line-up of live music performers and poets in place! Take a look at our performance and poetry schedule. Artists & Artisans in Paradise Paradise Green, Sunday, August 28, 2016 Performance Schedule 2016 11:30 a.m.– Elizabeth G. Howard – Demand Poetry 12 p.m. – Shanna T. Melton – Poetic Soul Arts & […]

We are now 501(c)3, non-profit status


From the desk of Seemingly Boring, Yet Very Important… On March 14th, 2016 our board received our official, federally recognized, nonprofit status! This was big news for us. We are a fairly small group of people running this joint. That is a LOT of paperwork. We’ve been working on this as a project for longer […]

Call for Food Trucks & Vendors | August 28, 2016


The Coastal Arts Guild of CT is please to announce its call for food trucks and vendors for our 4th annual outdoor arts show and festival, the 2016 Artists & Artisans in Paradise show and festival. Sunday, August 28, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We accept a limited number of vendors. Festival committee ensures there is […]

Featured Artist Amy Oestreicher on Art and Healing

Amy Oestreicher: Mommy Can't Fix This

Amy Oestreicher is a mixed media artist who lives in Westport, CT. Amy Oestreicher is a 28-year-old artist, musician, teacher, actress  composer, dancer, writer,yogi, foodie, and general lover of life. Surviving and thriving through a coma, 27 surgeries and other trauma has inspired Amy to share her story with the world through her passionate desire to […]

Summer 2015 Art Show Date Announced!


The organizers of the third annual Artists & Artisans in Paradise are happy to announce the date of the 2015 show: Sunday August 30, 2015 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paradise Green, Stratford Personal invitations have been sent to last year’s artists & artisans for early registration. Our third annual event is expected to be even […]