The Trumbull Arts Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14, 10-4 p.m., on the Town Hall Green, 5866 Main Street. The festival is a multi-media event that includes juried fine artists and crafters, food, a children’s creative center, community groups and entertainment. Free admission. For more information, call Emily Areson at 203-452-5065.
Ruth Cargill grew up in Bloomsbury, London. Bloomsbury was full of artist influences. Foremost influence was her father Prince Zulamkah, the African Showman, who toured Britain with his African Troop of Dancers and actors. Growing up, their flat was filled with colorful costumes, props and theatrical presence.
Her favorite activity as a child was drawing and painting, creating a world of fashion and fantasy. Twelve years ago, she sat down again with pens and paper, wondering if she could revisit her youth.
Life experiences had shaped her artwork in new directions. Floral and abstract designs came naturally. She made greeting cards, watercolors, then acrylic paintings on canvas and wood, while taking courses at Parsons School of Design in NYC.
She said, “I paint what I feel like painting on any given day … I am always seeking some magic in my art, something to make me smile, something to make others smile as well.”
Meet Cargill and see her art at the Trumbull Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.