The new Canaan Historical Society is hosting an exhibit, Women of Waveny: Artists, Patrons, and the Lapham Legacy that runs through March 31, 2022. Don’t miss this fabulous exhibition! Curated by Arianne Kolb and Micaela Porta, the show features bronze sculptures by Abastenia St. Leger Eberle and photographs by Francis Benjamin Johnston, and tells the stories of these artists and advocates, along with the stories of Antoinette Dearborn Lapham, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, and Elise Lapham. An audio tour is available. To view the video tour, click HERE.
Arianne will lead a guided gallery tour on Wednesday, February 2 @ 11 am. Other dates are Sunday, February 13 @ 3 pm, and Thursday, March 24 @ 7 pm. Come hear more about these extraordinary women whose impact was felt far beyond the borders of New Canaan.
Also please mark your calendars for two fascinating lectures:
Dr. Thayer Tolles, Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the MET, will speak via zoom on February 9 @ 7 pm – “Abastenia St. Leger Eberle in Context: American Women Sculptors 1900-1940.” This lecture will examine the career of Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, sculptor of Waveny’s Lotus Fountain (1918), in the context of other early twentieth-century American women sculptors, as well as the contemporaneous popularity of small bronze sculpture for the home and garden. This presentation is made possible due to a generous gift from the New Canaan Artisans. To register for this talk, click HERE.
Dr. Kara Charles Felt, Curator and Art Historian, will speak on March 3 @ 7 pm -“What a Woman Can Do with a Camera: Frances Benjamin Johnston and her Contemporaries.”