Calendar of Events

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
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

May
6
Sun
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 6 @ 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

First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.
May
13
Sun
Community Free Day | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dig into art and history and explore the Museum all day at no charge including changing exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Enjoy family-friendly activities at the Museum’s brand new ART CART on The Green.

Be sure to join us for a guided exhibition tour of Dressed in Shadow: Joan Ryan with the artist at noon followed by an opening reception for two new exhibitions from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The ART CART is funded by American Savings Foundation.

Opening Reception: FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO and Dressed in Shadow: Joan Ryan | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO: Bienvenido a los puertorriqueños a nuestra comunidad and Dressed in Shadow: Joan Ryan.

FRÁGIL MANEJE CON CUIDADO, organized by independent curator Ben Ortiz, uses contemporary Puerto Rican artwork, Santos figures, Taíno artifacts, historical postcards and videos of the island during and after Hurricane Maria, to explore sense of place, culture and the human experience of natural disasters. Among the artists presented are Nayda A. Cuevas, Rafael Ferrer, Wichie Torres, Connecticut’s Imna Arroyo and Waterbury’s own Ernesto Lopez. Approximately 200 picture postcards showings colorful images of Puerto Rico from 1890-1940 will be on view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery, all from the collection of Cheshire resident, collector José Luis Rodriguez. //Organizada por curador independiente Ben Ortiz, esta exhibición usa arte contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, santos, artefactos taínos, tarjetas postales históricas y videos de la isla durante y después de Huracán María para explorar sentido de lugar, cultura y la experiencia humana de desastres naturales. Artistas presentados incluyen Imna Arroyo, Rafael Ferrer, Wichie Torres y Ernesto López, de Waterbury. Aproximadamente 200 tarjetas postales mostrando imágenes de Puerto Rico de 1890-1940 son presentadas en el Monteiro Family Community Gallery; todas son de la colección de José Luis Rodriguez, un residente de Cheshire.

Exhibition literature and labels will be displayed in Spanish and English. Supported in part through a gift from Brass Axe Capital to underwrite exhibitions in the Munger Room and a gift from Connecticut Humanities to support this special exhibition. Family programs supported in part by American Savings Foundation.Food provided by Milagro’s Spanish Restaurant.//La literatura y las etiquetas de la exposición se mostrarán en español e inglés. Apoyada en parte a través de una donación de Brass Axe Capital para apoyar exposiciones en el Munger Room y un donativo de Connecticut Humanities para apoyar esta exposición especial. Programas de familia apoyados en parte a través de American Savings Foundation. Comida provista por Milagro’s Spanish Restaurant.

Dressed in Shadow is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Joan Ryan. As the winner of the 2018 MIXMASTER Juried Members Exhibition, Joan Ryan was selected for a solo show in The Lab. This Boston artist creates lushly colored paintings that are narratives about gender, race, violence and class. She is an Associate Professor of Drawing at the Art Institute at Lesley University and is affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery and The Drawing Center in New York, NY.

Supported in part through a gift from Raymond Learsy to underwrite exhibitions in The Lab.

Before the opening reception, join Joan Ryan for an artist talk at noon. Community Free Day will also be taking place all day!

May
17
Thu
Panel Discussion: Before and After Hurricane Maria | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The museum presents a Panel Discussion: Before and After Hurricane Maria en conjunction with FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE. A panel of speakers from the community will discuss the human experience before, during and after the hurricane and its impact on Puerto Rico and its people. Moderated by Victor Lopez, an Alderman for the City of Waterbury and Executive Director of The Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, Inc.

Exhibition literature and labels will be displayed in Spanish and English. Supported in part through a gift from Brass Axe Capital to underwrite exhibitions in the Munger Room and a gift from Connecticut Humanities to support this special exhibition. Family programs supported in part by American Savings Foundation.

May
19
Sat
Third Saturdays at The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit us the third Saturday of each month for free! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in a family-friendly art-making workshop.

 

Family Workshop: Invention Convention

Join us for an afternoon of mixed-media exploration as we delve into the world of “what-ifs.” Pulling inspiration from Almost Everything on the Table, create your own inventions, prototypes, and blueprints for objects, tools, or machines that you wish we had in our world today!

 

May
20
Sun
Exhibition Openings and Reception at The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate all new exhibitions at The Aldrich! Opening on May 20:

 

The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects a meta-group exhibition in five chapters, organized by five curators, including more than seventy artists. On view thorugh January 13, 2019. Chapter exhibitions include: Objects Like Us; Jessi Reaves: Kitchen Arrangement; On Edge; Almost Everything on the Table; and Handheld. Presented in conjunction with his eight-page project in the upcoming The Domestic Plane publication, is Richard McGuire: The Way There and Back. On view through January 13, 2019.

Analia Segal: contra la pared, a solo exhibition of ther artist’s recent work that expands Segal’s interrogation of the boundaries between art, design, and architecture. On view through September 23, 2018.

Hands-on family art making workshops will take place in The Studio throughout the afternoon.

Use a variety of fine art and found materials to make a tabletop sculpture inspired by the works in The Domestic Plane; design an intricately patterned masterpiece influenced by David Adamo’s chalk floor in Objects Like Us; and more!

 

Food for purchase will be available from Hapa, the popular Stamford, Connecticut-based food truck, serving American street food and Asian-Pacific cuisine.

 

Members, join the exhibiting artists and guest curators for a festive BBQ dinner immediately following the reception from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy down home fare from Ridgefield’s Hoodoo Brown BBQ and craft brews by Black Hog Brewing. $25 per person. To register, visit shop.aldrichart.org Space is limited so secure your spot today! Not a member? Join today at aldrichart.org/support.

May
27
Sun
Accessing Autism Family Day | Mattatuck Museum @ Mattatuck Museum
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Children with autism and their families are invited to explore the Museum’s art and history galleries with trained Museum Educators and experience hands-on activities related to the collections and works on view during The MATT’s Accessing Autism Family Day.

The program is free for children and Members, and $10 for General Admission. Please register by calling Molly Norton at (203) 753-0381 x114 or emailing mollyn@mattmuseum.org.