Summer is hot at ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, with the opening of its first Art and Craft Invitational. Nearly 20 craft artisans, working in glass, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood and fiber, will join the member artists of the gallery in a summer-long show.

The show, which opened July 2, will run through Aug. 28. The opening reception, free to the public, will be held Saturday, July 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Fairfield member artists Elisa Khachian, Susan Newbold and Diane Pollock will be exhibiting their work, as well as Westport member artist Toby Michaels and others from across the region, from Westchester County, N.Y., to New Haven.

In addition to her own work, artist member Florence Zolan will show Native American contemporary and "pawn" jewelry from the Southwest.

Zolan, who has been collecting and selling southwestern pieces for more than 20 years, explained that pawn are "pieces originally made in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s," when they would often be pawned for needed quick cash or used for barter.

Other artisans include gallery "regulars" like Sam Yarmis of Weston, Karen Ford of Westport and Kate Parisi and Jessica Morgans of Fairfield.

Among those artists specially invited to participate in this summer long show is the duo Sideways & Askew, comprised of ceramicist Hayne Bayless of Ivoryton and printmaker Liz Pagano of New Haven. Both artists are associated with Creative Workshop of New Haven and collaborate to create unique functional pieces such as lamps with attention to texture and surface.

A free presentation by several of the artisans will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m.

Other events include an encaustic demonstration by ArtPlace member Binnie Birstein on Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. (There is a suggested donation of $10.)

Two summer night art workshops for children are also scheduled.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 10 -- 11:15 a.m., students ages 6 -- 10 can join artist Megan Collins for "Printmaking Ratatouille."

On Thursday, Aug. 19, from 2 -- 4 p.m., students 8 -- 15 can "Learn How to Make an Artist's Book" with bookmaker Susan Newbold. The workshops are $15 each.

For further information, or to register for workshops and demonstrations, call ArtPlace Gallery at 203-292-8328 or go to

Hours at ArtPlace are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.