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In a rare collaboration between artists, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield and 13 area hotels and inns, throughout Northwest Connecticut's Litchfield Hills is playing a major part in the statewide exhibit opening in late July, known as 50,000 Beds.

This unique art project features the work of 45 artists who have each made videos set within a room at a hotel, motel or inn of their choice. The Aldrich Museum will be presenting a third of these videos from July 20 to September 23 in a specially designed "multi-screen" gallery. Chris Doyle, the multi-media artist who conceived this ambitious project will be on hand at the Aldrich for the opening on July 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.

New Yorkers who want to visit the Aldrich can take advantage of Saturday service from Grand Central Station, with trains to Katonah met by a bus directly to the museum, a total trip of about 90 minutes.

The 50,000 Beds exhibition focuses on the hotel room as a site filled with story possibilities. The short videos will show a range of artistic approaches and themes?from fiction to documentary to a look at the relationship between travelers who stay in hotels and the people who work in them. Venues showing the rest of the videos are Artspace in New Haven and Real Art Ways in Hartford.

A Pioneering Museum

This kind of pioneering project underscores the role of the Aldrich as one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield's historic Main Street in 1964, the Aldrich has full museum standards and resources yet enjoys the independence of an alternative space featuring changing exhibits of work by emerging and experimental mid-career artists.

Other provocative exhibits through September 3 include: Neil Jenney: North America, introducing new work by the artist with a focus on landscape imagery of North America; and Mary Judge: Studies in Segmented Form, an installation focusing on the relationship between a large-scale cast concrete sculpture in the Museum's inner courtyard and a wall drawing that fills the wall of the adjacent corridor gallery. Michael Somoroff's Illumination I, a sculpture previously exhibited at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, will be installed in the Cornish Sculpture Garden through October 14 for its final US appearance before heading to Cologne in 2008. For more information phone 203-438-4519 or see www.aldrichart.org. .

Litchfield Hills Lodging

Two of the Litchfield Hills lodgings featured in the 50,000 Beds project, The Elms and West Lane Inn, are near the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield. Other inns include the Interlaken Inn Lakeville, The Boulders in New Preston, Litchfield Inn in Litchfield, Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville, and two bed and breakfast inns, Cornucopia at Oldfield in Southbury and House on the Hill in Waterbury. Other properties featured are the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Cornwall Inn and Lodge in Cornwall Bridge, Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Days Inn in Ridgefield, and Residence Inn by Marriott.

Two of these properties are offering special packages for visitors this summer. The Romantic Interlude mid-week package for two at the Interlaken Inn includes breakfast, cocktails, two entrees for the price of one at the resort's Morgan's Restaurant, and movie tickets for $179, with extra weeknights at just $119. The thrifty Time for Fun package at the Waterbury Courtyard inn offers weekend rooms for two and two adult tickets to Waterbury's Timexpo Museum for $99. The mid.-week Stay and Dine Package offered by Litchfield Inn includes a gourmet dinner for two, a wine greeting and a deluxe themed room for $270.

For more information on regional art and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, contact the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-45606, or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.