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Opening Reception: Six New Exhibitions


Mattatuck Museum
144 W Main St 06702 Waterbury United States
Join us as we open SIX new exhibitions in the galleries and the courtyard, including:

TEA DAY 1931:The Art Community at Old Lyme JUNE 12 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 Women in gauzy dresses and wide-brimmed hats and men in blazers and flannels mingled in the annual garden parties hosted by the Lyme Art Association. A 1931 painting, Tea Day, by LAA artist Edward Volkert is the instigation for this exhibition which, like a snapshot in time, will focus on the art of this period in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Artists include Eugene Higgins, Bruce Crane, Harry Hoffman, William Chadwick, and Edward Volkert among others.

SEA AND STONE: THE THIMBLE ISLANDS Paintings by Arthur Yanoff JUNE 3 – JULY 24, 2016 During the summer of 2014, Arthur Yanoff visited Branford’s Thimble Islands where he was affected by the allure of the water and the area’s clear light. With this inspiration he produced a group of large-scale abstract paintings that are not the usual seascapes, but rather, works that express the nature of the place itself. Supported in part through a gift from David & Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibits in The Lab.

ELIZABETH MACDONALD Nature’s Patina JUNE 3 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 Elizabeth MacDonald’s installation of ceramic panels fills the walls of the Courtyard. Her intriguing large-scale tiles with their earth-toned layers and striations are inspired by her travels to archaeological and ancient sites where architectural ruins instigate her work which demonstrate the passage of time.

RENEE IACONE The Hand of the Maker Speaks to Us JUNE 3 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 Ceramicist Renee Iacone’s nature-inflected sculptures include geological stacks that reference constructed piles of stones called cairns and figures made of clay and steel. A multi-site installation of her work moves the viewer in and out of the Museum’s Courtyard.

JAMES DAUGHERTY Champion of Color JUNE 3 – JULY 24, 2016 Among the first wave of American modernists, James Daugherty (1887-1974) explored the possibilities of pure color employed in the use, first, of abstract painting, then, in naturalistic compositions that focused on the figure. This exhibition, made possible by a generous gift of the artist’s estate, covers the breadth of Daugherty’s career and showcases early modernism, muralist art, and fauvist realism.

FAITH STEWART-GORDON Life’s Joys JUNE 3 – JULY 24, 2016 More than fifty of Faith Stewart-Gordon’s boldly colored paintings are incorporated into this salon-style installation. Subjects drawn from her life in both New York City and Connecticut and her travels are accompanied by portraits of her friends and her pets. These small-scale works are lively, vibrant, and charming.

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