Four new shows @ Mattatuck Museum

The Mattatuck Museum is presenting four new exhibitions at the Museum: An Artist for All Seasons: Dmitri Wright, Ùtútù: Nnenna Okore, #IBelieveInWaterbury and The Valley Girls.

An Artist for All Seasons: Dmitri Wright is a retrospective of the work of Wright’s art, whose work follows in the tradition of American Impressionism. Dmitri Wright’s art merges the Impressionist focus on light with the post-Impressionistic interest in vibrant color. His paintings celebrate the natural beauty and nuances of the landscape, both in the United States and abroad. This 50-year survey includes student work, art from his early years in New York city, scenes from his travels to Europe and the West Indies, and paintings from both his more recent Provencal and Weir Farm plein air series. Wright is the Master Artist at the Weir Farm National Historic Site which commemorates the life and work of American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir. An Artist for All Seasons will be on view through November 5.

In Ùtútù, internationally-renowned sculptor Nnenna Okore will use textiles to create an installation commemorating the colors and landscapes of her childhood home of Nsukka, Nigeria. Ùtútù, the Nigerian word for morning or something new, describes the transience, potency and energy of the piece. Visitors will respond to this boldly colored and organic art meant to heighten their visual and sensorial experience. Ùtútù will be on view through December 3. It is sponsored by The Coby Foundation and exhibitions in The Lab are supported in part by Raymond Learsy.

Focusing on the city of Waterbury, #IBelieveInWaterbury asked artists to identify those unique aspects of the city that resonate for them. Forty artists share their inspiration with audiences in paintings, sculptures and mixed media works that demonstrate the beauty, joy, prosperity and momentum of Waterbury. One entry was submitted by husband and wife team, Chef Dean and Artist Linda Marino. They will present a “Cook and Paint Together Workshop” on November 11 at 5:00 p.m. Call (203) 753-0381 x130 or visit mattmuseum.org for more information. #IBelieveInWaterbury will be up through December 3.

Once a Valley Girl, always a Valley Girl, as they say! The Valley Girls highlights three artists all born and raised in the Naugatuck River Valley: Carmella “Mally” DeSomma, Judith Gould Secco and June Pierpont Webster. Each is active in the local art scene, creating and exhibiting paintings and photographs that interpret and celebrate the world around them. This exhibition is in collaboration with Artsplace of Cheshire. Valley Girls will be on view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery through November 12.

Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district, the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination, known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history. For more information on all of the Museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at mattmuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381.

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