Calendar of Events

Apr
24
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

Apr
25
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

May
1
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

Art, Movement & Meditation with Robin’s Nest @ Mattatuck Museum
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come to The MATT for sessions focused on art, movement and meditation with Robin’s Nest. Robin DiStiso, President of Robin’s Nest, will lead children ages 5-11 in sessions that combine art, gentle movement and guided meditative practices to promote health and social development. Students will learn to increase their attention span and school performance through these empowering one-hour sessions.

Robin’s Nest President and Instructor Robin DiStiso is accredited through the National Association for the Education of the Young Children. Robin’s Nest endeavors to teach children and teens meditation to help develop social, study and life skills.

Bernini’s Rome: The Eternal Feast @ Barone Campus Center, Dogwood Room
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Charles Scribner, Art Historian and Author, will present a lecture titled Bernini’s Rome: The Eternal Feast on Tuesday, May 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dogwood Room in the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield University.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age.

PARKING INFO:
Parking is available in the Kelley Parking Garage. If you enter campus through the gates at 1073 North Benson Road, the parking garage will be on the right before you reach the traffic circle. Barone Campus Center is next to the gym across the street from the parking garage.
Parking is also available in front of Bellarmine Hall.
View the campus map at www.fairfield.edu/directions/campusmap/ .

Yoga in the Galleries @ Mattatuck Museum
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Find a calm mind and strengthened body with an all-levels flowing yoga class in the Early American Art Gallery. Instructors may vary. Bring your own mat.

May
2
Wed
Tai Chi | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Move and groove to music with certified Tai Chi instructor Joe Atkins. Tai Chi classes will allow you to find new energy and stamina. Tai chi also helps improve balance,  flexibility and mobility, and reduces stiffness and soreness. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome.

May
3
Thu
HISTORY BITES LECTURE SERIES: Bearing Bad News: A History of Waterbury’s Sign Post | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us at the Museum for HISTORY BITES LECTURE SERIES: Bearing Bad News: A History of Waterbury’s Sign Post. A controversy erupts in the summer of 2017 over an object on the Waterbury Green. This bizarre, metal-capped wooden pillar has stood on The Green for as long as anyone can remember. But what is it? Why is it there? Donald Dostie will explore what the history of the post–at times romanticized, vilified, and largely ignored–can tell us about how the city perceives itself and how we tell the story of our past. Bring your own bagged lunch. Cookies and lemonade provided.

Learn more about the history of Waterbury’s sign post here!

Creativity Café: #ArtForAdults | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Unleash your inner creativity and get your “art groove” on with fellow artists and friends @ The MATT. This quarter we are focusing on figure drawing––with poses from 5-20 minutes long. Model will be clothed. B.Y.O. food and drinks. All materials provided.

Instructors: Staff artists David Macharelli and Heather Whitehouse.

May
5
Sat
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.

Shopping

May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets

Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank