Curator H.S. Miller of Darien Describes Bruce Museum’s Coming Exhibit: a ‘2D Cabinet of Curiosities’

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Opening on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Bruce Museum’s latest exhibition will feature depictions of sea serpents crushing ships, seven-foot-tall giants, a mummified Porsche, and a menagerie of other oddities sure to pique the interest of any visitor interested in the intersection of art and science. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

“Collecting Reimagined: A 2D Curiosity Cabinet” is curated by H.S. Miller of Darien, the museum’s Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow 2019-20, and will be on view in the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery through March 24, 2020. Below, Miller answers five questions about the exhibition:

1. What’s the difference between a 3D curiosity cabinet and one that’s 2D?

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Curator Available Sunday to Talk About New Darien Historical Society Display of 19th Century Pottery

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A spittoon, beer bottle and milk pan are part of a unique collection of Norwalk Pottery items featured in the exhibition “Shards of History” now at the Darien Historical Society. Richard Prowse, a longtime collector of Norwalk Pottery, will discuss the display and answer questions on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society. The display features several stoneware and redware pieces manufactured in Norwalk during the 1800s, when that city was known throughout the United States for producing top-quality pottery. “Glazed pottery items were once as ubiquitous as Tupperware is today,” said Prowse, who with Tracy Goodnow, loaned the pieces to the Museum and co-curated the exhibition.

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Artists: Rowayton Arts Center Seeks Submissions by Mid-November for Holiday Gift Show

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The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is seeking original, handcrafted works from artists for the annual Holiday Gift Show, running between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2019. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

RAC will accept small ornaments and holiday-related items as well as jewelry, pottery and ceramics, candles, wooden toys and items, small furniture, knitted or crocheted items, fiber art, original cards and small prints or paintings. Receiving dates are Nov. 15 to 17, 2019. In order to participate, artists must sign up for a time to drop off their work.

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83 Artists in Rowayton Art Center’s Autumn Juried Show — Reception on Sunday

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A new show at the Rowayton Arts Center, with works by 83 area artists, will be on view Oct. 13 through Nov. 9, 2019.  
The “Autumn Juried Show,” an all-media exhibition, features artwork by 83 artists from the area, chosen from over 350 submissions. The opening reception is free and open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m., this Sunday, Oct.

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Art by Linda McKie McClellan on Display in October at Atria Darien

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Art by Linda McKie McClellan will be in display through the month of October at Atria Darien’s Gratia Gillespie Art Gallery. — an announcement from Atria Darien
Linda McKie McClellan is a long time resident of Westport. Painting and drawing since childhood, Linda’s inspiration comes from nature. Flowers, trees, rocks and the sea shore influence her richly colored pieces. She is a painter, printmaker, collagist and experimenter with new mediums.
She is currently working with water based mediums, which include acrylic, watercolor, and water based oil paint.

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Upper Crust Bakery and Café Features Paintings by Darien Native Peter Saverine

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Darien native Peter Saverine will be the featured artist at Upper Crust Bakery and Café (UCBC), 980 Post Road Darien now through Oct. 31. — an announcement from Peter Saverine and Upper Crust Bakery and Café

Art Exhibits @ UCBC are a tradition promoted by local owner, Charly Sahlia,

“We are proud to showcase the stunning artwork and photography of local Connecticut artists,” Sahlia said. “Our guests enjoy the ambiance and connection to the local art scene. Artists are appreciative of the opportunity to share their artwork and we are always supportive of artists like Peter who want to share a percentage of their sales with a local nonprofit,” he said.

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Darien-Made, Paris-Themed: You Can Savor Art, Music and Food in ‘Artists at Grove Street Plaza’ Art Show, Sept 21

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The fifth annual Artists at Grove Street Plaza open-air art show will feature top local painters, photographers and ceramicists, with live chamber music and five food vendors as part of a Paris-style exhibit produced with Darien talent. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21 (the rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 28.)

— This article is adapted from an announcement from Artists at Grove Street Plaza, with further information from the group’s website. Artists at Grove Street Plaza will feature framed canvases, prints, photographs and ceramics.

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‘Marine and Coastal Art’ Exhibit Starts Sunday with Reception at Rowayton Arts Center

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“Marine & Coastal Art,” a new exhibit opening on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Rowayton Arts Center, features artwork by RAC Exhibiting Members with a marine and coastal theme. The opening reception is free and open to the public on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m.

— an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
This all-media exhibition  runs through Oct. 5, 2019. RAC gallery hours are from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The judge, Jon deMartin, is among the leading figurative artists working today and has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty-years at the most prestigious academies and ateliers in the country.

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Pet Portraits, Landscapes, Still Lifes on Display, Reception Thursday, Aug 8

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Artist Susan Kurnit’s pet portraits, landscapes and still life paintings will be on display this month at the Gratia Gillespie Art Gallery at Atria Darien for the month of August. A reception for Kurnit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at the gallery. — an announcement from Atria Darien

Here’s Kurnit’s description of her career and work:
I graduated college with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and my intent was to stay an additional semester and study art, but life threw me a curve. I was offered a fabulous job first as a magazine editor at Mademoiselle and then as Fashion Director of Seventeen Magazine for a total of 10 years.

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Darien Native Peter Saverine’s Artwork on Display in Westport, Reception 4 to 7 PM, Sunday

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Fairfield County native Peter Saverine will be the featured artist at Bistro du Soleil in Westport through Labor Day. An opening reception to meet the artist, preview and purchase paintings and celebrate over wine and tasty treats with the restaurant owners and local friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, August 4. The event is open to the public. “Painting has become a rewarding and relaxing hobby that has also created opportunities for me to share with my neighbors to make a small impact on the community,” Saverine said. “I believe artwork should be affordable and will be showing a range of original work, large and small, from $20 to $450.”

About Bistro du Soleil
The bistro, at 615 Riverside Ave.

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‘Focus Under Forty’ Exhibit Opens Sunday with Reception at Rowayton Arts Center

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A new show at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC), “Focus Under Forty” will be on view July 28, 2019 through August 25, 2019. This all-media exhibition features artwork by local artists aged 16 to 39 years old. The opening reception is free and open to the public on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

The judge, Paul DeRuvo, is the associate printer and studio manager at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP). Paul began his printmaking studies at CCP at the age of 14. He has since graduated from Massachusetts College of Art where he was awarded a full presidential scholarship to study printmaking.

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The Late Margaret Bourke-White of Darien One of Four Notable Photographers Featured in Bruce Museum Exhibit

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Works of four singular American photographers: Margaret Bourke-White (a Darien resident until her death in 1971), Carl Mydans, Patrick Nagatani, and Brett Weston are the focus of “From Butterflies to Battleships,” a photography exhibit at the Bruce Museum. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

“From Butterflies to Battleships” showcases the tremendous diversity of directions taken by photographers in the 20th century, whether employing the camera in a documentary mode to record insect development and to chronicle historic events, or experimenting with the technology to create abstract or composite images. Organized by Stephanie Guyet, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow 2018-2019, the exhibition consists entirely of photographs from the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection. “Given that the Bruce is a place for both aesthetic and scientific inquiry, I wanted to create an exhibition that tapped into that dual mission,” Guyet said. “Since photography is a practice that lies at the intersection of art and science, and the museum has a host of surprising works in its photo collection, this seemed like the perfect subject to explore.”

“From Butterflies to Battleships: Selections from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection” will be on view through Sept.

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‘At the Table’ Art Exhibit at Rowayton Arts Center, Now Through July 21

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A new show at the Rowayton Arts Center, “At the Table” is on view now through July 21, 2019.  This all media exhibition features artwork by more than 50 RAC Exhibiting Artists members from the area. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center (RAC)
RAC gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chair for the exhibition is Amy Schott and the Co-chair is Milan Chilla. The judge, Westport artist Heidi Palmer, focuses on three elements in her work: light, air and the meaning of time. Light governs her compositions, defines form and serves as the catalyst for delving into the ephemeral effects of air and atmosphere, which clarify the painting’s sense of place.

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‘Farm to Gallery’ Fundraiser at Rowayton Arts Center Celebrates All Things Culinary and the ‘At the Table’ Exhibit

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The Rowayton Arts Center is hosting a “Farm to Gallery” fundraising event on Wednesday, July 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The evening celebrates all things culinary with the current show “At the Table” on display and the recent “Food for Thought” creative writing contest. Winners of “Food for Thought” will be on hand to read their food-inspired short poetry and prose. Curated cocktails featuring Tuck Gin and summer wines chosen by the Rowayton Wine Store will complement a lovely spread of summery light fare thanks to Palmer’s Market and other sponsors. Proceeds benefit RAC as well as the food pantry at The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. The fee for the event is $30 (suggested donation).

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Silvermine Arts Center Hosts ‘Summer Salon Guild Exhibition’ of 130+ Artists

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Silvermine Arts Center will devote its Galleries this summer to the work of more than 130 Guild members from across the country. The Summer Salon Guild Exhibition runs from July 6 to Aug. 21, and an opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8 pm. — an announcement from Silvermine Arts Center

Many of the Silvermine Guild members in the Summer Salon are from the Northeast region, but the Guild’s membership has expanded geographically over the years, and the exhibition draws from what is now a national roster. Among the exhibiting artists are nine from Darien: Jan Dilenschneider, Rose-Marie Fox, Vickie French Smith, Elizabeth Higgins, Cate Leach, Mary Manning, Lisa Thoren, Meg Tweedy and Karen Vogel.