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Dec
2
Sat
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery Tickets
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery |  |  |

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

Dec
5
Tue
Exhibition. American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Dec 5 2017 @ 10:00 am – Mar 4 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibition. American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s and ’70s @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

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.

Image:
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.

Dec
9
Sat
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center Tickets
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center |  |  |

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.

Dec
14
Thu
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children’s Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Dec 14 2017 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children's Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers, especially children. Highlighted items showcase classic materials from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Explore books and imagery covering a variety of religious and secular subjects, from Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and “Primrose Day,” including the antics of Eloise and Babar the Elephant. Exhibition runs December 14, 2017 – February 4, 2018 during regular Library hours.
Opening Reception December 14, 2017 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., join children’s book author and Fulbright scholar Christine Pakkala for a gallery tour and discussion of the history of children’s holiday literature.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Dec
17
Sun
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Designed for families with children ages 6-10 and their families, this program will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.​

Science Sunday: Time in the Touch Tank @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Science Sunday: Time in the Touch Tank @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

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.

Rob Mathes Holiday Concert @ Schimmel Center Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Rob Mathes Holiday Concert @ Schimmel Center |  |  |

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!

Schimmel Center
schimmelcenter.org
Tickets start at $29
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY
212-346-1715

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm
"#MeToo" is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport |  |  |

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport.
The reality is that most all women have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and denigration. Rev. John Morehouse’s sermon will address the issue of sexual harassment from a faithful perspective.

Why is that women have so long been abused and ignored in our society? What role does religion play in this system of oppression? And how can we as women and men find a way for women to be heard safely and healing to begin? Our service, organized by women members of the congregation, will include the prophetic voices of women past and present as well as a healing ritual for all women so hurt.