Birdhouse Stroll features Weston artists

Harvest of Gold birdhouse by Weston artist Kathy Osterhout is one of scores on display at the Birdhouse Stroll in downtown Westport.

Harvest of Gold birdhouse by Weston artist Kathy Osterhout is one of scores on display at the Birdhouse Stroll in downtown Westport.

‘Project Return’s 11th annual Birdhouse Stroll, featuring original birdhouses by several Weston artists and others, takes place in downtown Westport Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Birdhouses created for Project Return’s upcoming 18th annual birdhouse auction on Saturday, April 6, will be on display in store windows thorughout town.

More than 130 artists from near and far have used an array of materials and formats that incorporate elements of whimsy, reflection and irony.

Weston artist Judy Henderson’s striking black-and-white ceramic “Weird-Wild-Wacky!” evokes visions of Picasso, while Weston artist Drew Klotz recycled old sewing machine parts, metal, wood, and electric lights to create his witty “Chick Flick,” to name a few.

Stroll festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with a welcoming reception hosted by West Elm on Main Street. After ample opportunity for strolling, Urban Outfitters on Post Road East will open its doors for a dessert reception, where door prizes will be awarded.

Hans Wilhelm’s ‘Hey Mom’ is one of many works of art on display at the Birdhouse Stroll, kicking off March 21 and leading up to Project Return’s Birdhouse Auction April 6. —Lorin Klaris Photography

Hans Wilhelm’s ‘Hey Mom’ is one of many works of art on display at the Birdhouse Stroll, kicking off March 21 and leading up to Project Return’s Birdhouse Auction April 6. —Lorin Klaris Photography

Stroll participants may also stop at The Spotted Horse on Church Lane for dinner; the restaurant is donating 10% of the evening’s dinner/bar revenue to Project Return.

The stroll is free and open to the public. Tickets for the auction at $125 each will be available for sale throughout the evening at West Elm and Urban Outfitters.

Proceeds from the Birdhouse Auction benefit the programs and services of Project Return, which serves adolescent girls and young women in crisis.

The auction takes place on Saturday evening, April 6, from 7 to 11 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. Bountiful small plates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka martinis, and the party pop-rock nonprofit band The Subscribers are all part of the evening.

For more information about Project Return or the Birdhouse Stroll and Auction, visit projectreturnct.org or call 203-291-6402.

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