Famous puppets and marionettes such as Pinocchio, The Blue Fairy and characters from “Treasure Island” – created by two well-known Waterford, Connecticut artists from years past, Rufus and Margo Rose – and contemporary artwork by local artists will be on display in the historic buildings of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during the Waterford Historical Society’s fifth annual “Art In Waterford: Past + Present + Future. Representing artists of the “Past,” the Rose marionettes and puppets, on loan from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UCONN, will be displayed in the White House. Juried artworks with a southeastern Connecticut theme created by contemporary artists representing the present, along with “future artists,” local secondary school students, will be on display in the second level of the Rufus and Margo Rose Theater Barn.
Admission is free and open to the public, but donations to the historical society will be welcomed. Parking is ample, free and handicap accessible. The O’Neill grounds, the lower level of the Rose Barn, and the White House are all handicap accessible; however, there is no handicap access to the upper level of the Rose Barn.