GLASTONBURY — For the 56th year, historic Hubbard Green will be transformed from a quiet oasis of shade trees and open space into a bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made craft when Glastonbury Arts presents its annual On the Green Fine Art & Craft show and sale on Sept. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days, rain or shine.

Over 100 artists from Maine to Florida participate in the On the Green Fine Art & Craft Show, each selected for the top-notch quality of their artistry. “Every year our show features artists who have developed a loyal following over the years as well as exhibitors, new to our show, who are eager to show and sell their latest creations,” says On the Green co-chair Lisa Byron. “This ensures that visitors will always find something to appeal to their artistic taste and budget.”

As visitors walk along the shaded aisles, they will find realistic and abstract art in oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, graphics, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture. The diverse selection of hand-made craft includes works in clay, metal, glass, fiber, wood, and jewelry. Each item of original art and hand-made craft will please the most discerning home décor or wardrobe.

Glastonbury Arts volunteers carefully plan this annual event for the maximum enjoyment and comfort.

“Our goal is to make this an enjoyable and enriching experience for everyone,” says Aida Cyphers, a long-time volunteer and supporter of Glastonbury Arts. Admission and parking for the show are free and the food court features food vendors such as Skyscraper Sandwiches, Pierogis on Wheels, CC’s Chips and More, and Mazz’s Kettle Corn. The food court offers will offer burgers, hotdogs, fried dough and hand-cut fries, Reubens, pierogies, empanadas, kettle corn, ice cream, water and soft drinks.

Visitors are also invited to take in two special events at this year’s show. On Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., local poets will read poems inspired by the artwork of Glastonbury Arts member artists and on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., Glastonbury Arts artists Jacqueline Jones and Shauna Shane will demonstrate their art providing everyone a “window-in” to the creative process.

“We are thrilled to be able to present these special events that round out the positive experience of our show,” says Glastonbury Arts member and volunteer Diane Stone.

The On the Green show is the signature event of Glastonbury Arts, founded in 1962 under the name of the Glastonbury Art Guild, and is one of the largest events of the year drawing thousands of people from the surrounding region to a weekend of browsing and buying. The show is presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, rain or shine, on Hubbard Green with free parking available at nearby Glastonbury High school with free shuttle bus service to and from the Green, or at the Main Street soccer field, a short walk from the show.