The Larchmont Public Library’s Oresman Gallery presents “ART IN DECEMBER”, a new exhibit of paintings by the Artists of The Reilly League. The exhibit will open in the Oresman Gallery on Saturday, December 2, and will remain on display through Thursday, December 29. The exhibit is free and open to everyone during normal library hours.
The artists will host a reception on Saturday, December 7, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The reception is also free and everyone is welcome.
December 2 – January 7, 2018
A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more tracks and set-ups where the trains can zip around and weave their magical spell. Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of the train show. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm; Fridays, 10am – 7pm; Weekends, 10am – 4pm; and Vacation Week 10/26 – 29, 2017, 10am – 4pm. Sponsored by Hatfield Insurance Company, People’s United Bank and Roland & Co.
For more information and programs, please check our website http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/holiday-express-train-show/
The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “On Light and Florals,” featuring the still-life florals of New York painter, Murray Smith. His exhibit runs December 1 – 23. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com
Records, CDs, DVDs, Audio Books and Games plus a selection of Holiday-themed books will go on sale December 2 at the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District’s Book Store at 141 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie. The sale will continue through and including December 30.
Records, CDs and Games will be 40 cents per item; DVDs and Audio Books will be $1 each. Holiday-Themed books will be 50 cents each.
All other of the more than 20,000 books on the store’s shelves, in a wide variety of categories, including biographies, cookbooks, religion and fine arts will be available at the regular prices of $2 or less. A selection of special books that are individually priced are also available.
Friends’ volunteers replenish the book shelves continually from the large inventory of presorted quality books that are donated by the community members and housed in the Friends’ warehouse, so the shelves are always full.
The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District is an all-volunteer organization that supports the district’s programs and services.
The Book Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Book Store is located at the Boardman Road Branch Library (entrance behind the Library on the south side), 141 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie. Look for the blue awning.
For more information about the Book Store, call 845-485-3445 x. 3423 or visit www.facebook.com/PoughkeepsieLibraryBookstore.
American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, through March 4, 2018.
The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided new avenues for creative and technical exchanges between artists.
Many of the artists included in the Bruce Museum’s upcoming exhibition, American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s, which opens on December 2, 2017 and continues through March 1, 2018, pushed the printmaking media in new and exciting directions. From vibrant biomorphic forms and primitive marks to lively calligraphic gestures and bold color-field patterning, the works in American Abstraction highlight the evolution of abstract art in printmaking during two exciting decades.
These new-style printmakers began to take on some of the responsibilities of publishers and dealers, helping to streamline the production and distribution of artists’ prints. Artists formerly rooted in the solitary studio practices of Abstract Expressionist painting began to collaborate regularly with master printmakers. Some, like Robert Motherwell, even established their own workshops. In California, the emergence of collaborative presses helped to rescue lithography from virtual extinction—which in turn made abstract prints readily available to American collectors.
The American Abstraction exhibition features 23 works by 13 artists. Most are drawn from the splendid gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer to the Bruce Museum and include prints produced by Ernest de Soto of The Collectors Press Lithography Workshop and Irwin Hollander of Hollander’s Workshop.
“Thanks to Steven and Linda Wertheimer’s fantastic gift, the Museum’s print collection is home to some of the twentieth-century’s most influential artists,” says Elizabeth Smith, exhibition curator and 2017-18 Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow.
All of the prints in American Abstraction are from the Museum’s permanent collection, and many are being exhibited at the Bruce for the first time. Also on display is Alexander Calder’s color lithograph Abe Ribicoff (1974), a gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel; and Louise Nevelson’s Totem’s Presents (1965), an etching and aquatint that is a gift of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Stamford, CT.
“Printmaking is often overshadowed by other mediums that artists were working in during 1960s and ’70s,” says Smith. “Art critics and historians of the time debated action painting or minimalist sculpture, but printmaking was seldom discussed in academic circles. I wanted to demonstrate that it was just as important in the development of abstract art through the post-war era and beyond.”
Presented in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery, this exhibition is underwritten by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.
The Bruce Museum is located in a park setting just off I-95, exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is also a 5-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich Station. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at brucemuseum.org.
Stanley William Hayter (English, 1901 – 1988) Eros, 1970. Colored etching.
Printed by The Collectors Press Lithography Workshop, San Francisco.
Gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer, Bruce Museum Collection 2011.11.05.
This year consider supporting local ossining artist Lindsey Francis and getting unique handmade gifts for your family and friends!
Lindsey’s holiday ornaments are back for the 2017 season starting at $8! You can either check out her shop on her website or visit and follow her on Etsy directly by searching for her shop, More Than Muddy!
Lindsey is also taking orders for custom watercolor portraits! Send her a photo and she will turn your special images into watercolor portraits! Created on acid free paper with high quality gouache these portraits will last for years without color fade. Costs will vary dependent on size of portrait desired. Visit her website or send her an email for more information!
All custom holiday orders must be placed by December 12 to receive them in time for Christmas.
The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s (darienarts.org) dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.
The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”
This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.
Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are December 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.
Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Saturday, December 9th performances of the Nutcracker may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.Register for the workshop at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.
‘Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol’ recreates Charles Dickens’ own performances of the classic tale that brings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. Taken from Dickens’ original script, actor Michael Muldoon, plays Charles Dickens and tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the main floor of Lyndhurst mansion “meeting” the different spirits and characters. A newspaper wrote of Dickens at the time, “He gave to every character a different voice, a different style, a different face.” We have endeavored to bring this spirit to life with the M&M Performing Arts adaptation, recreating Charles Dickens tour of the US in 1867.
Come see the words of Dickens in a historic period setting! Visitors will follow Mr. Dickens and his imagined hostess, Mrs. Wiggins, as he wanders through the beautifully decorated rooms to tell his tale.
Performances are at 7:30 PM on the following dates:
December 10, 13-17, 19-23, 26-30.
Performances are also offered at 5:30 PM on the following dates:
December 10, 16, 17, 23, 30.
There are no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Tickets are $40 for Adults, $35 for Seniors/Students (16 and under – appropriate for school-age children and up). No member discounts are offered for theater performances.
“Venus Fly” features new abstract work by three female artists each
working in different media: large-scale paintings, mixed media wood
carvings, and ceramics. Super fresh and super fly! Running from December 14, 2017 through January 24, 2018, the show features the work of Becca Lowry, Lauren Mabry, and Alyse Rosner.
Alyse Rosner’s large-scale acrylic paintings begin with graphite rubbings from nature, then are built up in layers of pattern and color to create what she terms
“a world that spreads out to every edge. I am interested in toxicity and how we are altering the world.” Highly regarded by fellow artists, the Westport resident participated in the Radius program at the Aldrich Museum and is the recipient of two Connecticut State grants. She has shown extensively, most recently at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University.
Becca Lowry’s wall-hung wood sculptures are organically shaped carvings, woven and painted in multiple layers to form what the artist describes as “modern interpretations of warrior shields. These pieces are built to protect, each custom-made to safeguard against a particular threat. One will ward off an impending storm, another will scatter demons, a third will hold tight to your heart while you do something ridiculously, recklessly brave. I love that shields operate on both a symbolic and functional level.” Lowry’s work has been shown at VOLTA Art Fair and Governors Island and featured in Artforum. Lowry lives and works in Branford, CT.
Philadelphia-based Lauren Mabry states that her ceramics “capture the ephemeral state of glaze when its in the process of being poured neither a solid
nor a liquid.” Highly colored and based on a classic cylindrical shape, Mabry’s artworks are paintings in circular form. Mabry won the 2014 Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, received a Pew Fellowship, and has work in several museum collections.
“Exhibiting female artists shouldn’t be considered a political statement in 2017,” states Venus Fly Curator, Tracy McKenna.
“Women make up the majority of MFA students and professional artists, yet continue to be under-represented in commercial galleries and museums. The Flinn Gallery’s all female volunteer committee seeks to redress that balance by featuring three female artists working in different media but
with a shared commitment to material-based abstraction.”
December 14: The show’s opening reception, 6 – 8 pm
December 16, 10 am – 5 pm – Tax Free Day January 5: Art Lounge before the Friends Friday Film from 6 -7:45pm, Flinn Gallery.
January 5: Friday Film Series – Hidden Figures starring Octavia Spencer, P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner at 8pm in the Cole Auditorium.
January 6: Artist Talk on Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 pm. With all three artists: Becca Lowry, Lauren Mabry, and Alyse Rosner