Imagine an art museum with more than 850 paintings, prints, photographs and pieces of sculpture -- all of them for sale.
That's what the Burr Homestead will be from this Friday through Sunday when the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County stages its 22nd annual art show and sale at the Old Post Road mansion.
Work by more than 100 artists from around the Northeast will be on display in rooms throughout the mansion, the Junior League said, including traditional representational paintings, contemporary abstract works, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpted pieces.
The exhibit and sale is the nonprofit, philanthropic group's primary fundraiser, and the money its raises represents about one-third of its annual revenues, show organizers said.
Proceeds will benefit the Junior League's "Healthy Families, Healthy Futures" projects, which support literacy, healthy lifestyles and nutrition to better prepare children to succeed in school.
Tickets are $7, and children under 12 will be admitted free.
"As our primary fundraiser, the art show's success is key to the impact we can make in the community," Sonal Rajan, the Junior League's president, said in a news release. "Knowing that, every member of our organization puts a lot of effort into making it a great weekend for our community, while showcasing some of the region's top artists."
The event also will feature cocktail parties Friday and Saturday evenings. On Sunday, an "art truck" -- a mobile art studio -- will be on the Burr Homestead grounds, and children can create their own masterpieces inside it. Separate tickets will be required for those events.
The art truck on Sunday, Aprilo 6, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 and will be available on site. The Junior League said the mobile studio would combine the weekend's art theme with its goal of better preparing children to succeed in school.
"Kids can be inspired by the works of art available for purchase and on display in the Burr Homestead, and then they can go on to create their own masterpieces in the art truck," Rajan said in a separate news release.
The cocktail parties include:
"pARTy -- A Curated Cocktail Party" on Friday, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. It will feature food, craft beer and single-malt whiskey tastings, and open bar and auctions. Tickets are $95.
A cocktail party and instructional painting demonstration by artist Anda Styler on Saturday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.
For tickets or more information, visit www.jlefc.org.