Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression @ Washington Art Association

The Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is pleased to present, The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression through September 9, 2017.

Morning Haze by Lis Korsgren
“Morning Haze” is located in Porto, Portugal.
The bridge was created in 2007 and spans the river Douro just before entering into the Atlantic Ocean. ~ L.K.

The Nordic Tapestry Group consists of weavers from Sweden, Iceland, and the United States who formed a decade ago when Swedish-born tapestry artist, Helena Hernmarck http://www.hernmarck.com returned to Sweden to offer workshops in
her weaving technique.

The craft of interweaving natural materials to create functional ware and decorative objects has been practiced for centuries. Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. The method in which the warp, the longitudinal threads, and the weft, lateral threads are interwoven affects the characteristics of the cloth.

Hernmarck is an internationally acclaimed artist and weaver recognized for revolutionizing weaving tapestry as a medium suited to modern architectural environments. Her technique is a play on traditional Swedish weaving techniques, which she has evolved to achieve powerful photorealistic effects. A close look at her tapestries reveals bundles of variously hued yarns that combine at a distance to create a remarkable illusion of depth.

This exhibition features tapestries from the Nordic Tapestry weavers’ most recent exploration, Face to Face. It reveals their shared passion and ongoing exchange, and celebrates the transfer and evolution of weaving knowledge into personal expression. Their works display their expertise in using light, color, and the different qualities of yarn to weave images, create space and depth, and to depict three-dimensional forms. Their skillful mastery of the loom truly elevates the craft of weaving to a sophisticated and elegant style of painting with threads.

“Far Away Places” at Stamford Art Association’s Towne House Gallery

The Stamford Art Association will present “Far Away Places” at its Townhouse Gallery through August 24, 2017. This show highlights the work of 40 artists that will present their multimedia representations of far away places, which may be real or imagined.

Established in 1971, the Stamford Art Association is a nonprofit 501(3)c organization whose members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and multimedia artists. Beginning its 47th year, our mission as an arts organization is to provide a forum where emerging and professional artists can exhibit their work to the community and compete in juried shows. We host an international exhibit yearly, the Faber Birren Color Award Show, and a High School Student Show for Fairfield County students.

The Association’s Townhouse Gallery holds eight consecutive shows each year, two of which are solo exhibits and six are juried exhibits with prominent jurors from art schools, galleries and institutions in New York and surrounding areas, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Bruce Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. All artists, not just members, are welcome to submit their work for exhibits. Annual competitions draw submissions from local, regional, and national artists. The SAA also curates the 4 “Art at the Ferguson” exhibits a year at the Ferguson Library.

The Stamford Art Association is supported by grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the City of Stamford and the Kuriansky Foundation and generous donations from individual artists and friends.

The SAA Townhouse Gallery is open every Thursday/Friday from 11 am to 3 pm and Saturday/Sunday from Noon to 3 pm. Admission is free and there is ample parking.

Learn about Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse @ Eric Sloane Museum in Kent

The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will sponsor a program Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse on Saturday, August 19th at 10:00 AM. Historian Georg Papp will bring outhouse models representing separate eras in addition to display boards, photos and articles. This talk will be informative as well as entertaining with some American history mixed in. The lecture is free but donations on behalf of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are welcome.

Papp says he became an OBPA (Outhouse, Backhouse and Privy Authority) when his daughter bought a 100-year old home in New Hampshire. She wanted an authentic outhouse to go with the home so dad felt obligated to help. Since building the first outhouse people started placing orders for outhouses and a new business was developed.

Papp says old abandoned outhouses are a treasure trove for those who love history and digging. Muskets, knives, coins, and wallets are among the valuable items found in colonial pits, but the most common items are whiskey bottles.

The Eric Sloane Museum was built as a collaborative effort between Eric Sloane and Stanley Works of New Britain to commemorate the tool company’s 125th anniversary. Sloane is known to lovers of Americana as an artist and author who brought to life many forgotten customs and skills of past generations. In all, Sloane authored and illustrated over 38 books.

The Eric Sloane Museum is located in Kent, Connecticut on Route 7 (31 Kent-Cornwall Rd.) just north of the village of Kent and the intersections of Route 7 and 341. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4 pm. Regular admission: Adults $8.00, Senior Citizens, $6.00, Children 6 to 17 $5.00.

Fairfield Museum and History Center Fairfield Commons

The Fairfield Museum and History Center has spearheaded the revitalization of Fairfield’s historic Town Green campus to create a dynamic destination that will connect art, performance, history and visitors to the community.

The new center for cultural activity – The Museum Commons – has launched this summer and will offer live theater, festivals, concerts and more! Two public buildings on the Museum Commons the Victorian Cottage and Barn (1888) and Sun Tavern (c.1780) will have new exhibitions.

More than 400 years of diverse stories are embedded in this intimate campus, which also serves as the Town of Fairfield’s civic center and the home of the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The exhibits will be interactive and hands-on experiences for adults, children and families and will interweave topics such as society, the environment, family life, politics and agriculture. These exhibits are linked to the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition, Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past.

The properties will be open Friday – Sundays from 10am – 2pm beginning on June 10 through Labor Day. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Museum. There will also be a special guided tour every Saturday at 1 p.m. of the Sun Tavern that is free with admission to the Fairfield Museum and History Center. On Fridays at 11 a.m. on June 16, 30, July 14, 28 and August 11 & 25 there will be story time at the Victorian Cottage for children ages 3+. This program is also free with admission to the museum.

If you prefer to explore Fairfield’s historic town Green on your own, download a copy of their walking tour and set off on a stroll of this historic neighborhood. This trail is well signed and very informative making it easy to navigate as well as interesting.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is located in Fairfield on 370 Beach Street.

Westport’s Mollie Gallery: Trace Burroughs, “Magical Thinking”

The Westport Historical Society is presenting the work of artist Trace Burroughs through September 2 in the Mollie Gallery on the grounds of the historical society located at 25 Avery Place.

About the artist
Westport artist Trace Burroughs sold over 300 of his abstract expressionistic paintings by age 15. One of Burroughs’s early works is part of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, alongside works by internationally renowned artists including Picasso, Matisse, Calder, Motherwell, and others. His new collection of digital art is exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout Fairfield County.

A former drummer with the two popular Westport bands, The Rogues and Styx, Burroughs broke the Guinness World Record for marathon drum soloing in his 20s, garnering national attention and an interview with David Frost. Since then, in addition to creating art, he has worked as an author, radio-show host, and animator whose work has been shown on television and in film.

About the Show

The subject matter in this new show, ‘Magical Thinking,’ is varied in theme and style.The works are created utilizing digital art, retouching, and enhancement, and are then composited to create a single image. Each work it is different from the others in the way it elicits a response from the viewer. In general, the work displayed engages the mind and the eye, and that is thought-provoking, visually appealing, and sometimes has a mystical nuance.

Flamingos Flock at Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

No bird may claim a cultural influence as big and long as the flamingo, and no place in Connecticut is featuring the big pink icons this summer except The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. A small flock, or “flamboyance,” of flamingos will be standing – often, on one leg – in the aviary on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard through Labor Day, Sept. 4. The exhibit is free with Aquarium admission.

Side view of a chilean flamingo, Phoenicopterus chilensis. This large bird is native of South America from Ecuador and Peru to Chile and Argentina and east to Brazil

For family fun this summer, The Maritime Aquarium has more big sharks, the greatest variety of jellyfish, the only black dragon and the ‘greenest’ research vessel, while also being the most affordable aquarium in New England. This flamingo exhibit is the pink icing on the cake. The flamingos exhibit will complement the new IMAX® movie, “Amazon Adventure,” opening July 1 on the Aquarium’s six-story screen.

People love flamingos because they’re just such a big and beautiful and interesting bird. Cultures have been celebrating them for ages – literally – and now you can too at the Maritime Aquarium. Ancient Egyptians are said to have used the flamingo to represent the reincarnation of their sun god. The birds have turned up in cave paintings in Spain and in ancient art of Peru. Alice used a flamingo as a croquet mallet when she went through the looking glass. And, of course, pink flamingos became a cultural icon of leisure and tropical travel in 1950s’ America … although today the image has evolved to represent hip high kitsch.

Displayed at The Maritime Aquarium will be six Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis), a larger species – 4 to 5 feet tall – native to southern South America. They’re distinguished from other flamingo species by their paler plumage, by the downward half of their bills being black, and by their greyish legs with notably pink “knees.” (Although, technically, what looks like their knees are really their “ankles.”)

Chilean flamingos are considered to be “Near Threatened,” with humans representing their main threat because of hunting, egg harvesting and by the loss of – and changes to – their natural habitats. The birds at the Aquarium are on loan for the summer from a zoo in Louisiana. Get details about all of the Aquarium’s summer offerings – including cruises onto Long Island Sound, a mesmerizing expanded jellyfish area, and the new IMAX movie “Amazon Adventure” – at http://www.maritimeaquarium.org.

DisH LIV(ING) WALKING TOURS UNCOVERS BETHEL, CT TREASURES AUG. 19

Established to walk the sidewalks of downtown Danbury, CT, DisH Liv(ing) Walking Tours has expanded to take a peek at its neighboring downtown community of Bethel. On Saturday August 19th, 11:00am to 1:00pm, host Ted Killmer, a downtown Danbury resident, will introduce walkers to a Bethel book store that specializes in all things Connecticut, artisanal makers of 3D chocolates, a mural that celebrates the town’s famed P.T. Barnum’s Jumbo, a fascinating story about a doughboy that became a lamp, a circus school that really sparks, and more.

DisH Liv(ing) Walking Tours is supported, in part, by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the Walks also receive support by the the more-than-generous participation of eateries, shops, businesses, and local folk who line the day’s Walk.

“I’m so delighted to take on a new Downtown, to uncover it, and revel in it,” says Ted. He suggests that you wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, and a few friends. “Its about the conversations we have as we walk, not the Walk itself.”

The Walk is FREE, though tips are welcomed. As much as possible, stops are wheelchair accessible, family friendly, and do not require difficult climbs. To participate, reservations are required. RSVP to dishliving@gmail.com with your name, the number in your party, and a phone contact, or call (475) 289 3113. A confirmation will let you know where to meet. The itinerary remains, appropriately, to be discovered.