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
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.
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.
“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
ALL ARE INVITED to a bi-lingual, Spanish-English Christmas celebration and worship service at First Baptist Church of White Plains, 456 North Street. The joint service with Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester begins at 11am and includes a children’s Christmas pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth. A free, community lunch follows. Live Nativity animals (donkeys, goats, an alpaca) outside. Parking in the church lots.
QUEREMOS INVITARLES a nuestro servicio bilingüe (Inglés-Español) celebrando la Navidad en la First Baptist Church of White Plains. Será un servicio de adoración unido a la Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester, comenzando a las 11:00am e incluye un drama de niños narrando la historia del nacimiento de Jesús. Compartiremos almuerzo y también tendremos animales de la Natividad como burros, cabras y una alpaca. Tenemos estacionamiento disponible totalmente gratuito.
First Baptist Church of White Plains
Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester
456 North Street, corner Bryant Avenue
Sunday, December 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Science Sunday: Time in the Marine Tank. A drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Free with admission; no advance registration required.
A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.
Join us for a hands-on experience in our marine tank as we explore the animals of the Long Island Sound.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”).
National Theatre Live lets you experience the best of British Theatre, recorded live in London and rebroadcast in spectacular digital HD on the big screen.
The holidays have found a new rocking tradition! Emmy winner and Grammy-and-Tony- nominated Rob Mathes, a Greenwich, Connecticut resident, returns to the Schimmel stage with his band of all-star musicians including instrumentalists from Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. Come for an afternoon of funk- and R&B-laden original tunes, holiday classics, and audience favorites to put you in the spirit of the season. Rob Mathes has worked professionally with U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Sting. With friends like his, you never know who could show up!
Tickets start at $29
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