Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present
October 25–March 27, 2016
From antique furniture to sumptuous contemporary rugs, Fairfield County possesses a rich tradition of decorative arts. This exhibition highlights the diverse and talented artisans who have worked in the region and explores the connection between the area’s strong history of decorative arts and present-day design trends.
Contemporary artists include weaver Patricia Burling (Monroe), glass artists Dylan Cotton and Christopher DeMott, (Fairfield), basket weaver Kari Lonning (Ridgefield), jeweler Michael Michaud (Fairfield), textile artist Ruben Marroquin (Bridgeport), woodworker Thomas Throop (New Canaan), ceramist Frances Palmer (Weston), woodworker Edward Pirnik-Mauriz (Fairfield), quilter Denyse Schmidt (Bridgeport), and weaver Marnie Smith (Fairfield).
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Picturing the News: The Distinctive Vision of Harry Neigher and Frank Gerratana
September 10, 2015–January 18, 2016
Columnist and cartoonist Harry Neigher and photographer Frank Gerratana of the Bridgeport/Connecticut Herald documented and commented on the news from the 1930s until the paper closed in 1973. Featuring a selection of Neigher and Gerratana’s work over four decades, this exhibition includes photographs, cartoons, sketches, and newspaper clippings that explore a range of local and national issues in entertainment, politics, and the arts.
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Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past
This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association. Click here for more information about this exhibition
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