Illumination new Exhibition @ Center for Contemporary Printmaking

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s new exhibition that runs through Jan. 7, 2018 is called Illumination, which is the theme for CCP’s members show. The accumulation and spread of human knowledge is deeply indebted to the labor of print and paper artists. It is their work, which allows concepts and ideas to be inscribed, transcribed and preserved into a physical manifestation.

Printed materials were cherished objects and the artists who created them not only preserved their illuminating wisdom, but also shed their artistic light on the pages. Illumination originally meant specifically the addition of gold or silver painting but grew to mean any hand addition, marginalia, or embellishment added to the page. For Illumination, members will respond to these traditions and ideas; perhaps through telling a new story, by adding the illuminating light of metal leaf, jewel bright ink or an exploration of light.

The Gallery is located on 299 West Ave. in Mathews Park in Norwalk and is open Tuesday 9am–9pm · Wednesday–Saturday 9am–5pm · Sunday 12pm–5pm and is closed Mondays.

The image is Frances Ashforth, 2016 Members Exhibit 1st prize winner, will have an exhibition in the Lithography Studio.

The New England Carousel Museum Presents: Winter Princess Tea

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Hear ye, hear ye! All little princesses across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy at New England Carousel Museum’s final Princess Tea of 2017, Sunday, December 10th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This enchanted tea party for children and their caregivers features cookies and juices, a wand craft, story time, carousel rides, and magic and balloons by Amazing Magical Paul. The fairy-tale will continue with a royal meet and greet and photo opportunity with our special guests the snow sisters, Ice Queen & Ice Princess. The Princess Tea is priced at $15.00 per child and $5.00 per adult. Tiaras and princess dresses are highly encouraged. Princesses are provided by Castles and Confetti of West Hartford.

Reservations are required. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this afternoon of fun and make-believe. To make your reservation call 860-585-5411.

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The New England Carousel Museum Presents: Winter Princess Tea

Hear ye, hear ye! All little princesses across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy at New England Carousel Museum’s final Princess Tea of 2017, Sunday, December 10th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This enchanted tea party for children and their caregivers features cookies and juices, a wand craft, story time, carousel rides, and magic and balloons by Amazing Magical Paul. The fairy-tale will continue with a royal meet and greet and photo opportunity with our special guests the snow sisters, Ice Queen & Ice Princess. The Princess Tea is priced at $15.00 per child and $5.00 per adult. Tiaras and princess dresses are highly encouraged. Princesses are provided by Castles and Confetti of West Hartford.

Reservations are required. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this afternoon of fun and make-believe. To make your reservation call 860-585-5411.

Build a boat with Santa @ Maritime Aquarium

Where else would Santa Claus be during the two weekends before Christmas but in a toy-building operation? And The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is honored to have him in its Toy Boat Workshop Dec. 9-10 and 16-17.

Santa will oversee youngsters and their projects in the Aquarium’s festively retooled Toy Boat Workshop on weekends Dec. 9-10 and 16-17, all days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Please note that, shortly before 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. each day, Santa will take breaks from building toys to become “Shark-Diving Santa,” joining the Aquarium scuba team to swim among the sharks in the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit.)

Whether you build a toy boat or not, Santa Claus will accept children’s wish lists and pose for photos for free, so bring your camera to snap a keepsake memory. Cost to build a boat is $5 in addition to Aquarium admission. It takes about 15 minutes. Get details about all of the popular family attraction’s holiday offerings, including “‘Polar Express’ Pajama Parties” at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

Through Dec. Shark Diving Santa @ Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Santa Claus will be taking a bold step in December to help The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk demonstrate that sharks are not naughty, but nice.

Twice each day on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December, Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks.

It’s all part of The Maritime Aquarium’s regular dive program, intended to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Visitors to the popular Connecticut family attraction can see – and talk with – divers swimming with the sharks on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.

Workload permitting, Santa is expected to participate in each dive in December. Watch the Aquarium’s website – www.maritimeaquarium.org – to confirm dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim fins.

At this time of year, parents tell their children that Santa could be watching them at any time and from anywhere – but no kid expects to find Santa keeping an eye on them from inside a shark tank!! Bring your camera because Santa is always happy to swim over and get close to the exhibit window to pose for a unique picture with your kids.

Viewing the Santa shark dives will be free with Aquarium admission.

Kent Holiday House Tour Dec. 10

The Kent Historical Society is convening a Historic House Tour, focusing on structures built in the 18th and early 19th century. The Tour will take place Sunday, December 10 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Advance tickets are available for $45 on our website and at the Heron Gallery, Kent Wine & Spirit, and the Kent Town Clerk’s Office. The price jumps to $60 on the day of the tour, so be sure to get your tickets early!

The Kent Historical Society has lined up seven architectural gems that have been preserved with great care. Some were grand dwellings in their day, others were much more modest, but nearly all of them date from the Colonial era. There are all sorts of curiosities and beauties to appreciate on this journey through the past of Kent Hollow. One house is even on the National Register of Historic Places.

The journey into the past starts at Swift House, where ticket holders will get a map to the houses, .which are mostly in Kent Hollow. Tickets may also be purchased that day at the Swift House from 11 a.m. through the afternoon. Afterwards, everyone will gather at Swift House at 12 Maple Street to share festive beverages at the wassail bowl. It promises to be a fun event — who doesn’t like peering back in time in old houses?

“Historical House Tour 2017,” a Kent Historical Society event, begins December 10, 2017 at noon at Swift House, located at 12 Maple Street, Tickets are $45 in advance, and $60 on the day. For more information, see http://www.kenthistoricalsociety.org

Franklin Street Artworks – I hear it everywhere I go

“I hear it everywhere I go” is a group exhibition that includes sculptures, text works, installations, and videos ranging from 1995 to today. The show aims, in part, to explore dissatisfaction around the pursuit of the American Dream and how it is expressed. The curatorial premise was inspired by artist Cady Noland’s (b. 1956) writings on and stated thinking about the American tendency to express violence through socially acceptable release valves such as figuratively “trashing” celebrities on the one hand and conning or preying on populations outside of dominant power structures – often in the name of entrepreneurship – on the other.

The exhibiting artists exponentially expand on and add to the show’s themes through a variety of strategies, including: performed fictions that resituate celebrity and commodity culture; collaborative text pieces that give institutionally marginalized voices visibility; appropriation of pop culture to explore the isolation of fame; the mining of distinctly American signifiers such as varsity sports and daytime TV talk shows; and juxtapositions of post-consumer objects that read on multiple levels and often indicate how a person’s race, class, gender, and sexuality can position them in a simultaneous state of hypervisibility and invisibility in American culture.

The Gallery is located on 41 Franklin Street in Norwalk and is open Tues. – Sun. from 12 noon to 5 pm. This show runs through January 7, 2018.