Wednesday, December 25 2013
In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.
The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.
In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.
To most people, whales were mysterious creatures. Yet whaling was big business.
The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.
A new exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism will open on November 7, 2013 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. It will feature the works of artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The exhibit will run through December 29th with a fundraising reception featuring harpist Alix Raspe, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods on December 8th from 4:00-6:00pm, tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs.
The artwork is on loan to the Museum by the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut. Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fairfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer and educator.
Ms. Grant has extensive knowledge of the Daggys and wrote the monograph, Father and Son: Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy in 2008. She quotes John Vassos who said, “Richard Daggy …can be referred to as the Van Gogh of New England. His extreme reverence and humility toward his work make him unquestionably one of the most sincere artists of his time.
His water colors are bathed in sunlight and his insistence on essential form at all times is marked. There is nothing of the quaint or superficial in Daggy’s work. It is vigorous and composed and disarmingly sincere.
His palette is the palette of a man who loves trees, loves the sky, loves the country and above all loves life, and does not hesitate to say so. He is now in the period where he has found himself, and, in his full stride, is scheduled to make an important contribution to American painting.”
Augustus (1858-1942), an illustrator and painter, was drawn to Norwalk in 1913 for the artists living in the Silvermine area of the town. This group of artists would later form the Silvermine Guild of Artists of which Augustus was an original member. The Daggy family resided at Grumman Avenue in Norwalk. Richard (1892-1973), Augustus’ eldest, was schooled in art by his father. His paintings, like his father’s, tended to be landscapes, but of a very different style. His medium was watercolor. (Copyright - Leigh Grant, November 2, 2008).
Harpist Alix Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. Described as spellbinding, Alix is currently a junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.
Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2010, 2010-2011. In 2007, she received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist and was runner up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2013. Ms. Raspe has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations.
The fall exhibit at the Mansion is made possible in part by Whole Foods and Investmark.
The Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from distinguished benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark.
Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.
Opening at 10am, Friday, November 29, 2013
A stampede of glitter unicorns will run wild at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum this holiday season. Frolic in a fantasy world of magic brought to life by Manhattan artist Camomile Hixon.
This young, international artist will install 24 "life-size" unicorns, enhanced with 750 pounds of glitter. The glittered room of Unicorns will lend an unforgettable air of celebratory magic to this holiday season. Open Daily through January 5th, except Mondays.
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents this whimsical story of a brother and sister in search of their Christmas tree star led by a dapper teddy bear.
The adventure is played out on stage and "on the air" in an old-time radio studio, complete with retro radio commercials, singers and sound effects artists.
This new musical by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg is inspired by an actual radio broadcast in 1937. December 7 -29th at the Center for the Arts (40 Railroad Avenue) in Milford.
Performances are Saturdays at 2 & 5:30pm, Sundays at 2pm and a special evening performance Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm.
All tickets are $17. and available at www.pantochino.com
WEST HARTFORD, CT- Don’t forget to subscribe to the exciting 2014 Main Stage season at Playhouse on Park!
Subscribe now for the remaining four shows, and you save 10% off individual ticket prices. With prices ranging from $54-$126, you get four Broadway quality shows for the price of one! You also receive subscriber benefits, which include the option of switching the date for the shows you attend, little surprises from the theatre, and the knowledge that they are supporting the educational, cultural, and outreach programs that Playhouse on Park incorporates into their Main Stage productions.
The upcoming shows for the Main Stage season include Lend Me a Tenor (a hilarious romp behind the scenes at an opera house), the world premiere of Higgins in Harlem (a 1930s adaptation of Pygmalion), I’d Rather Be Dancing (the annual singing and dancing extravaganza from stop/time theater), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (a quirky musical where six misfit adolescents compete in the “spelling bee of a lifetime”).