OPENING

New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., 203-594-5076, newcanaanlibrary.org: Character of Place, works by Maria Lara and Susan Newbold, July 14-Aug. 20, opening recept. Thur., July 14, 6-8 p.m.;  in Curtis Gallery.

 

MUSEUMS

* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Sun., 12-5; Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 10-5; $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free adm. third Saturdays; 258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519. Site Lines: Four Solo Exhibitions Engaging Place — David Brooks: Continuous Service Altered Daily; Kim Jones: White Crow; Virginia Overton: untitled; Peter Liversidge: Proposals for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; May 1-Feb. 5.

* Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485 or keelertavernmuseum.org; open 1-4 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Wed., last tour at 3:30; Feb. 3-Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history.

* The Bruce Museum, Tues.-Sun., 10 to 5; $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays;  One Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376: Electric Paris, May 14-Sept. 4; Electricity, May 14-Nov. 6; iCreate, regional high school art, organized by the Youth Committee, June 11-July 27; Science and Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton and Berenice Abbott, July 16-Oct. 16; Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson, July 23-Oct. 30.

* Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri.,10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., www.fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598: Fabulous Animals: The Illustrated World of Robert Lawson, April 1-Sept. 18; Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, ongoing.

* Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; open for tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, and 3; adm. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (8-18); info., lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799: Demolish or Preserve: The 1960s at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, May 4-November 2016, multi-media exhibit; Coney Island: Visions from the Boardwalk, oil paintings by Gail Ingis-Claus, July 14-Sept. 30, recept. and ballroom dancing Thur., Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30, $10.

* Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk;  open Tues.-Sun., 10-5; $15/person (under 1, free), srs. (over 62), $10; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606: Energy Lab; Tot Town; Healthyville, learn about your body and how to keep it healthy;  Build It!, learning about architectural design and construction; art studio and science lab; ColorCoaster; Light Gallery; My Sky, created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; café and gift shop. Express Yourself, focusing on social-emotional learning.

Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University, Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium, April 15-Sept. 16, eight large-scale works by Turkish photographer Ahmet Ertug; info., fairfield.edu/museum.

* Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Mon.-Sat., holidays, 9-5, Sun., 11-5; non-res. adults $10, srs. $8, students (18+ w/ID) $6, children 4-17, $5, age 3 and younger, free; 203-977-6521 or stamfordmuseum.org.

* Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danburyrail.org:  adm. $6 per person, age 3 and up; Train Rides $3 extra (weekends April-Nov.); call for special events adm. rates; winter hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4; (summer hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5); tour vintage equipment such as 1907 steam engine, 1910 Railway Post Office car, 1973 caboose, 1953 Rail Diesel Car; vintage diesels on display.

Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm., enter through double doors at rear of historic building.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for most school holidays, plus school and homeschool groups with a reservation; museum and planetarium, $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; Challenger Learning Center, simulated space missions for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate team building, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops. Ronet Noe, longtime art teacher, paintings inspired by her students, through mid-winter.

Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven; open Tues.-Sun., free adm.; artgallery.yale.edu or 203-432-0600: Weaving and the Social World: 3,000 Years of Ancient Andean Textiles, May 20-Sept. 18; Le Goût du Prince: Art and Prestige in 16th Century France, May 20-Aug. 28.

* Katonah Museum of Art, open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5;  adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5; under 12/free; Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555, www.katonahmuseum.org: Ugly Mess, sculpture by Aaron Curry, on view on the South Lawn through Oct. 2. OnSite Katonah, July 10-Oct. 2, eight experimental site-specific installations created in response to the museum’s distinctive landscape, architecture and history; Victoria Fu, Egg, July 10-Oct. 2, site-specific building wrap.

Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, N.Y.; hammondmuseum.org or 914-669-5033: museum and garden hours, Wed.-Sat., 12 to 4.

Neuberger Museum of Art, at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y.; Tues.-Sun., 12-5; $5 adm., $3/srs., students, free/12 and younger; 914-251-6100 or neuberger.org: Louise Fishman: A Retrospective, April 3-July 31; When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, ongoing.

Osborne Homestead Museum, at Osbornedale Park, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, 203-734-2513: guided tours Thur. and Sat., 10-3, Sat., 10-4, and Sun., 12-4, through October, by donation.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183: Stories from Near and Far: Refugee Artists in New Haven, June 8-Sept. 10.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden; open Wed., 10-4, Thur., 10-7, Fri.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 1-5; info., ighm.org.

Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St., New Haven; open 10-5 daily, free adm.; info., 203-865-0400 or visit kofcmuseum.org.

ARTS CENTERS

Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. South; milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647: Milford Photo Expo 2016, June 29-Sept. 23; Wed.-Fri., 10-4.

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton; Tues.-Sat., 12-5, Sun., 1-4; rowaytonartscenter.org or 203-866-2744: Marine and Coastal, members’ show juried by Helen Kunzman, through July.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan; gallery hours Wed.-Sat., noon to 5, Sun., 1 to 5; silvermineart.org or 203-966-9700: Art of the Northeast 2016, curated by Steven Sergiovanni, July 9-Aug. 20.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., westportartscenter.org or 203-222-7070: SOLOS 2016, juried by Douglas Hyland, June 24-Aug. 20; selected artists Nina Bentley, Cynthia Cooper, Larry Gordon, Allan Gorman, David Kalman, Daniel Lanzilotta, Barbara Ringer, David Sheskin.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Ave., Norwalk; gallery hours Tues.-Sun., 9-5; contemprints.org or 203-899-7999: 5th Biennial International FootPrint Exhibition, through Aug. 28.

Loft Artists Galleries, 575 Pacific St., Stamford; open Sat.-Sun., 1-4:30 p.m., adm. and parking free (donation suggested); info., loftartists.com or 203-247-2027: The Exquisite Corpse, Surrealist-inspired all-member exhibitiion, July 23-Aug. 28; opening recept. Fri., July 22, 6-8 p.m.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Accessible Art series: eight exhibits, July 5-Sept. 2, hours at venues vary, call 203-798-0760 or visit artswesternct.org: Anna Chamberlin, Bethel Train Station, 13 Durant Ave.; Kathleen Foy, Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St.; Helga Jensen-Ruopp, CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main St.; Honorah O’Neill, Filosa Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St., Danbury; Julia Provey, Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury; Peter Schachter, The Danbury Hackerspace @ the Innovation Center, 158 Main Street; Ival Stratford-Kovner, Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave.; Virginia Zimmerman, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave.

Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven; creativeartsworkshop.org: Concrete and Shadows, curated by CAW faculty member Steven DiGIovanni, and retrospective by Graziella Patrucco de Solodow, June 24-July 29; gallery hours Mon.-Fri., 9-7, Sat., 9-noon.

Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, 203-292-8328 or artplacegallery.org: Animals & Emotions, by members Art Gerstein & Alice Katz, June 23-July 31; artists speak Thur., July 21, at noon.

The Gallery at Onatru, Mon.-Fri., 10-5, and weekends by appointment through July 15; at 99 Elmwood Rd., South Salem, N.Y.; info. or appt., email [email protected] or call 914-220-2387.

LIBRARIES

Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or 203-256-3155: Visible/Invisible Views, June 17-Aug. 7, works by Mindy Green, Claudia Mengel, Joel Sobelson.

Norwalk Public Library, One Belden Ave.; norwalkpubliclibrary.org or 203-899-2780: ‘Whimsical’ Paintings by Mary Backer, June 25-July.

Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282: Ridgefield Remembers World War I: A Collection of Original Lithographic Posters, July 2-20.

Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.; stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4162: Paintings by Don Henault, works in oils, through Aug. 31.

Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800: Landscapes/Cityscapes: 20 Years of Vistas by Herm Freeman of Westprt, June 24-Oct. 5.

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950: 72nd Annual Wilton Artists’ Summer Show Art Exhibition, through Aug. 25; Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Myda Iamiceli, Mon., July 25, 6-7:30 p.m., design elements for a video project on the experiences of second-generation Cuban-Americans.

HISTORICAL

* Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House; June Myles’ Hooked Rugs and Denyse Schmidt: In the Making, Historic Inspirations/New Quilts; Betts Store, offering unique American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Wed.-Sat., 10-4. Hickory, Ash & Reed: Traditional Baskets, Contemporary Makers, March 31-Oct. 15.

* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; art programs, Junior Ranger activities, visitor center, museum store, historic house and studios; open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 (May 1-Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required.

* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or darienhistorical.org: Darien 1925-1950 — Golden Age of Art and Design April 22-Sept. 11, Tues.-Thur., noon to 5, and Sun., noon to 3.

* New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124), in the Town House Gallery; Tues.-Fri., 9:30-4:30, Sat., 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org: Servicemen Remembered, uniforms and memorabilia from New Canaan men and women who served in WWII, through August; A Postcard of New Canaan, history of town through postcards beginning in the early 1900s; From the Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, the impressionist and mural painter.

The Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation site; headquarters at 199 Elm St., New Canaan; theglasshouse.org:  Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden, landscape installation, honoring the 10th anniversary season and 110th birthday of Philip Johnson, on view May 1-Nov. 30.

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place; open Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat., 12-4; westporthistory.org or 23-222-1424: “the beautiful pond,” celebration of Sherwood Mill Pond from book by Judith Oreseck Katz, through Sept. 1.

1750 Ogden House, a property of the Fairfield Museum, open June 5-Sept. 25, Sun., 1-4 p.m., 1520 Bronson Rd., Fairfield; $5/adults, $3/students, srs. (closed July 10); info., fairfieldhistory.org.

Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Rd.; stamfordhistory.org or 203-329-1183; open to visitors Thur.-Sat., 11-4.

Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4 (docent led tours at 1, 2 and 3); 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.greenwichhistory.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, members and under 6 free ; group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed., 10-4 and by appt., adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4: Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, March 30-Sept. 4.

Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury; Wed.-Fri., 9-4 Sat., 10-4, guided tours on Sat. only; research visits by appt. only; 203-743-5200 or danburymuseum.org.

* John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.

NATURE/SCIENCE

* Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Thur., 9-4; Fri.-Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: ongoing exhibits; Celebration of Trees, photo exhibit, presented by the Tree Conservancy of Darien, fund-raising event.

* The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (till 6 in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); $19.95 adults, $17.95, youth (13-17) & seniors, $12.95 children 3-12 (various combination passes avail. incl. IMAX theater): sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily; Meerkats, special exhibit. Jiggle A Jelly, touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends (daily July & August). Animals Without Passports, learn about the annual humpback whale migration from New England to the Caribbean, through Jan. 2, 2017. Flutter Zone, walk-through butterfly exhibit May 28-Sept. 5.

* Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; Mon.-Fri., 9-5, Sat., 10-5; info., 203-322-6971 or bartlettarboretum.org.

* Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife, family program on Sat.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

* Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd.; adm. $5/adults, $3/children, srs.; greenwich.audubon.org or 203-869-5272: Kiernan Hall Nature Arts Gallery, in the Kimberlin Nature Education Center, open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset (occasionally closed until 9 a.m., Sept. into Jan. for land management);  Oppenheimer Gallery: Masterpieces of Botanical Art and Audubon’s Birds of Prey.

* New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124); 203-966-9577 (for New York Botanical Garden program reg., call 1-800-322-6924): Saturday Videos, family program every Sat. at 2; Saturday Live Animal Demonstrations, every Sat. at 3. Center open Mon.-Sat., 9-4, Sun., 9-1; grounds open dawn to dusk daily.

* Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; family memberships avail. Get Into It! FREE on the first Thur. of the month, 5-8 p.m.; open Tues.-Sun., 10-5 (also open Mon., Memorial Day through Labor Day); numerous hands-on ongoing and visiting exhibits and events; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

* Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3.

Art on the Green, sponsored by the Save Our Stepney Task Force with the Town of Monroe, at the intersection of Routes 25 and 59, Monroe: Porcelain Sculptures of Abelard and Heloise by Florence Suerg, through Aug. 27.

* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; generally animals of the Americas; Tropics building (open 10:30-3:30); carousel; cafe and gift shop; open daily 9-4; adults $14, children 3-11 and seniors, $11, under 3, free; beardsleyzoo.org. Pampas Plains Exhibit, featuring rare animals from South America incl. two giant anteaters; African Penguins, May 7-Sept. 30.

Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adm. $9, $8/srs., $5/children 3-18; 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven; info., 203-432-5050 or peabody.yale.edu.

GALLERIES, ETC.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Rd., Darien; open Tues.-Sat., 9:30-5; gearygallery.com or 203-655-6633: The Art of Relaxation and Awareness, realistic and abstract paintings by Lori DuBois-Caruso, July 1-30.

Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin St., Stamford; gallery and café open Wed., Thur. and Fri., 12-5, and weekends 8-5; franklinstreetworks.org or 203-253-0404: Danger Came Smiling, work by contemp. artists who use popular music as medium, subject and ref. point for feminist messages, July 23-Jan. 1; public recept., Sat., July 23, 6-8 p.m.

ARTworks gallery on the Green, 60 East Ave., Norwalk; gallery hours are 9 to 5 Mon.-Fri., 10 to 1 Sat., and 10 to 11 and 12 to 1 Sun., free adm. (on the grounds of St. Paul’s on the Green Church).

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut: at @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, 287 Main St., Danbury; The Artwork of Tina Corbelle-Sturges, with sculpture by Eric Camiel, April 29-July 22; info., artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760.

The Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, N.Y.; 914-764-8689: Chrysalis, works by photographer Mary West Quin, and Imaginary Mindscapes, abstract paintings by Philippe Halaburda, July 8-Sept. 1.

Trailer Box Project, 15 Great Pasture Rd./Unit 15, Danbury; gallery hours Tues.-Fri., 11-5 or by appt., 203-797-0230: Artists’ Books by Rita Valley, on view through July 30.

Gilded Lily Gallery, 101 River St., Milford; 203-878-7007: Photog-Graffiti, photography exhibit by Shelton photographer Barry D. Gordon, July 2-Aug. 3.