The MATT Kicks-Off the Summer with New Exhibition Openings

On Sunday afternoon, June 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Mattatuck Museum will host an opening celebration for seven exhibitions throughout the museum, garden and on the roof. The summer festivity will welcome a diverse array of artists, media, and subject matter explored by these exhibitions.TeaDay1931

Tea Day 1931: The Art Community at Old Lyme will transport viewers back to a time of women in gauzy dresses worn with wide-brimmed hats, and men in blazers and flannels mingling in the annual tea party hosted by the Lyme Art Association. Inspired by a painting of the 1931 event by Edward Volkert, the exhibition includes William Chadwick, Frank Dumond, Lydia Longacre and Bessie Potter Vonnoh among others. This exhibition is made possible in part by a gift from The David T. Langrock Foundation.

What a Woman! Rosalind Russell is an expansive look into the life and career of this celebrated Hollywood actress who hails from Waterbury. Film clips, movie ephemera, personal archives, costumes and more will make you feel like you are on the red carpet with Russell when she opened her feature film, The Girl Rush, here in 1955.

Sea & Stone: The Thimble Islands invites the audience along with painter Arthur Yanoff on a trip to Branford’s Thimble Islands. The water and the area’s clear light inspired him to produce a group of large-scale abstract paintings that express the nature of the islands. This exhibition is supported in part through a gift from David & Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibitions in The Lab.

James Daugherty: Champion of Color allures onlookers with the pure color that is the signature of this American modernist painter. This exhibition of paintings, book illustrations and mural studies covers the breadth of Daugherty’s career and showcases early modernism and fauvist realism.

Faith Stewart-Gordon: Life’s Joys is an installation of more than fifty small-scale boldly colored paintings representing the artist’s life in New York City and Connecticut, her travels, friends and pets.

Renee Iacone: The Hand of the Maker Speaks to Us features ceramic, nature-inspired sculptures installed both on the Museum’s roof-top sculpture court and the Modern Gallery. Iacone’s ceramic stacks are infused with the presence of the creator and reflect the monumental energy of the human spirit.

Elizabeth MacDonald: Nature’s Patina features two large-scale installations of ceramic tile bas-relief sculptures in the museum’s garden. One is inspired by her travels to archaeological sites and the other by the Connecticut landscape.

There will be several programs developed in conjunction with these exhibitions, including a talk celebrating Rosalind Russell on June 8, a Tea with the Curator on June 22, a Day Art Trip to Old Lyme on July 16, and a Boat & Brew Tour of the Thimble Islands on July 24. For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call (203) 753-0381.

The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts and Office of Tourism, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the State of Connecticut through the Consortium of Connecticut Art Museums. The Mattatuck is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (

Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.

CONTACT: Cynthia Roznoy, PhD, Curator
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