Calendar of Events

Florence Griswold Museum: VIRTUAL LECTURE: Digesting Wilderness @ Virtual via Florence Griswold Museum
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Culture of Wild Food

with Prof. Rachel Black, Associate Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department, Connecticut College 

Is there such a thing as wild food? Building on the central theme of Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness, this talk will examine cultural notions of wilderness through food and look at the ways in which Sherwood blurs the lines between the human and animal worlds.

From hunting and gathering to foraging and creating elaborate pièce montée, Black will examine food as a cultural object that can bring us closer to the environment or attempt to distance us from what we think of as the natural world.

Lunch and Learn: Flood of ’55 @ Mattatuck Museum
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn Series

Brought back by popular demand, this lunch and lecture series is for those who enjoy good food and learning about Waterbury history. Participants may either order lunch from The Art of Yum or enjoy their own as they learn from a guest lecturer.

Lunch and Learn: The Flood of ‘55 

Join Michael Dooling to take an in-depth look at the historic flood that devastated Waterbury in 1955. Michael will provide some fresh perspective on the Flood of ’55 relating the events leading up to it, the extensive damage to Waterbury, a connection to Hollywood, aid from unexpected places, and his family’s experiences.

Michael C. Dooling is a retired archivist at the Mattatuck Museum, former news librarian at the Republican-American, and an author. When at the newspaper, he wrote dozens of local history articles and an award-winning weekly column titled Big Wheels. He is also the author of five books relating to true crime and regional history including Clueless in New England and An Historical Account of Charles Island. His presentation, titled Waterburied, has special meaning for him; he and family evacuated their home in Naugatuck in the aftermath of the Flood of 1955.

Price: $5 Members |  $10 General 

Florence Griswold Museum: GALLERY TALK: The Solitary Garden: One Year In @ Florence Griswold Museum
Aug 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

with Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator

Free with Museum Admission

Kurtz Lansing offers an overview of the Solitary Garden.

Created in 2021 in collaboration with artist jackie sumell, the prison cell-shaped garden is planted with flowers selected by a currently incarcerated person. Nurtured by volunteers, nature offers the medium for cultivating beauty, repair, and connection.

Alice Paul, Suffragist Program @ Weir Farm National Historical Park
Aug 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Ridgefield storyteller and women’s studies scholar Dr. Darla Shaw will take on the role of Suffragist, Alice Paul, who lived less than a mile away from Weir Farm during the same time period as Dorothy Weir Young. This program celebrates women’s history on the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote on August 18, 1920.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so please call early to secure a spot! To register or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.

Art Summer Nights at the NBMAA @ New Britain Museum of American Art
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

These special Thursday evening events will have something for everyone to enjoy! Live music, vendors, lawn games, artist talks and demonstrations, and hands-on art making.

July 21, 4-8 p.m.

  • Tea and Tarot Boutique | 4-8 p.m. (Talk by the owner, Heather Wright Fitzgerald from 4-5 p.m.)
  • Unveiling Celebration: Piecing Together a New Britain Story | 5 p.m.
  • Art Happy Hour, featuring live music by Sarah Hanahan Jazz Quartet | 5:30-8 p.m.

August 18, 4-8 p.m.

  • Tea and Tarot Boutique | 4-8 p.m. (Talk by the owner, Heather Wright Fitzgerald from 4-5 p.m.)
  • Paint Night with Posh Paint | 5-6 p.m.
  • Live Art Demonstration with Corey Pane | 6-7 p.m.
  • Art Happy Hour, featuring live music by Dr. Violin! | 5:30-8 p.m.

Free Admission

CCP Event- FREE Linocut Print Sampler @ The Center for Contemporary Printmaking
Aug 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 21  from 1:30 – 4 PM

Drop-In Session, 20-30 minute activity

RSVP encouraged but not required


RSVP through Eventbrite HERE


Learn the basics of Cyanotype printmaking in this FREE drop in workshop

The word “linocut” refers to the medium and the action of this printmaking method. “Lino”, short for linoleum, is the material in which an artist may “cut ” into to create a printable image. Using sharp tools to carve away the non printing area of the image, the remaining untouched linoleum will accept ink to then print onto paper. Linoleum and other soft materials can be used for this relief process due to its ease of carving yet resilience against wearing away.

This event is open to the public on a drop in basis at any time between 1:30 and 4 PM. This activity is estimated to take 20 – 30 minutes to complete, but participants are welcome to stay as long as they like or come and go as they please. RSVP is encouraged but not required.

Florence Griswold Museum: VIRTUAL LECTURE: Lee Miller, A Life with Food, Friends, & Recipes @ Virtual via Florence Griswold Museum
Aug 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

with Ami Bouhassane, Co-Director- Farleys House & Gallery Ltd, the Managing Agents for Lee Miller Archives, The Penrose Collection, and Farleys House & Gallery, East Sussex, England

Lee Miller, model, surrealist and fashion photographer, war correspondent and gourmet cook does everything wholeheartedly and with imaginative flair. In the past much has been written about the varied forms of her creativity but Lee Miller’s achievement as a gourmet chef is usually left to being an endnote.

Her granddaughter talks about the creation of the publication and explores Miller’s life through the creative influence of food.

Opening Lecture: Out of the Kress Vaults @ Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room
Sep 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Michelle DiMarzo, PhD, curator of Out of the Kress Vaults, will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m.

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

In person in the Diffley Board Room of Bellarmine Hall
Streaming via

About Out of the Kress Vaults: The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage.

Museum Unwrapped with Lauren Clayton at the NBMAA @ New Britain Museum of American Art
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Lauren Clayton as she leads an Artist Talk.

About Lauren Clayton:

Lauren Clayton is an artist, graphic designer, and founder of Studio 162 in Stamford, CT. She studied at the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC before winning a grant to help launch her business in 2003. Lauren began to specialize in designing family heirloom books at the start of her business but has grown to offer a variety of creative solutions. In recent years, Lauren has developed a special focus on working for non-profit organizations whose mission she supports with powerful art and design. As an artist, she explores the ideas of connectivity, ethnicity, and our impact on our environment and community. She participates in creative initiatives, mural projects, and art shows in Connecticut and New York. Lauren is a resident of Stamford and is active in her community by mentoring art students and offering internships. Lauren is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar alum and has served on local boards.

Opening Lecture: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile @ Dolan School of Business - Dolan Event Space
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile, on view in the Walsh Gallery from September 23-December 17, 2022. Adriana Herrera, PhD, curator of the exhibition will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m in the lobby of the Quick Center for the Arts. The Walsh Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m.

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

  • In person in the Dolan Event Space of the Dolan School of Business
  • Streaming via

Please register on our Eventbrite page prior to the event:

About the exhibition: Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New-York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule, domination, and power. She explores themes related to the historical struggle of women and the condition of exile, as well as subjects such as ephemerality, memory, and ultimately the search for a language of transcendence. Triana’s body of work encompasses large-scale sculpture, immersive installations, photography, and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective, this long-overdue two-venue survey (at the Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum at University of St. Joseph) spans work from the 1970s to the present. The work at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation.