OPENING

Norwalk digital photographer Art Gerstein’s work called Schnout.

Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; artplacegallery.org or 203-292-8328: Art’s Animals and Alice’s People, works by members Art Gerstein and Alice Katz, Aug. 28-Oct. 1; reception Thurs., Sept. 10, 1 p.m.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Accessible Art Series at various locations; info., artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760; new exhibits opened Aug. 28, continuing through Oct. 20. Joseph Annino of Bethel, “Diffractions” paintings, Pour Me Coffee, 274 Main St., Danbury, 203-743-6246. Katie Tynan Helu of Ridgefield, ceramic artists and potter, CityCenter Danbury 268 Main St., 203-792-1711. Susan Keown, mixed media, YMCA’s Escape to the Arts, 293 Main St., Danbury, 203-794-1413. Scott Lewis, photography, Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St., Danbury, 203-794-9466. Karin Mansberg, Mothership Bakery & Café, 331 Main St., Danbury, 203-417-6914. Cynthia O’Connor, photography, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., 203-794-8756. Chris Plaisted, mixed media, Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., 203-797-4505. Stephanie Safarik, black and white photography, Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., 203-797-4511. Gary Stanford, photography, CityCenter Danbury 268 Main St., 203-792-1711. Helga Ruopp, Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St., Danbury, 203-792-2323.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Rd., Darien, hours: Tues.-Sat., 9:30-5 p.m., gearygallery.com. 203-655-6633. Lois Fisher: Inspiration in Oils, featuring New York and Cape Cod inspired paintings, Sept. 1-30.

Straphanger by Robert Sachs.

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5, Sun., 1-4, rowaytonarts.org. Photography & Sculpture, Sept. 3-24.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, westportartscenter.org, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5. Westport Artists Collective Fall Pop Up Show, Wed., Sept. 6, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., preview during day; works by 15 artists. Selects 2017, 11th annual summer artist member show, through Sept. 2. Exhibit includes wide diversity of works and technique, including photography, painting, archival pigment prints, and other mixed media.

Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, www2.housatonic.edu/artmuseum, 203-332-5052. Scrolls, paintings by Joe Zucker, on view in Burt Chernow Galleries, Sept. 7-Oct. 15. Reception Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., free. Scrolls series “reflects his appreciation of the sea as well as his interest in the lore and legends of pirates.”

ART CENTERS

Mayor’s Gallery, Nat Connacher: Emotional Residue, works on paper “that move and emote,” through Aug. 31, 10th floor, Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford; 203-858-3082; hours: weekdays 9-4. Bruce Horan, Navigation, collection of post abstraction reactive paintings depicting constantly changing environment, Sept. 6-Nov. 6; opening reception Thurs., Sept. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, westportartscenter.org, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5. Selects 2017, 11th annual summer artist member show, through Sept. 2. Exhibit includes wide diversity of works and technique, including photography, painting, archival pigment prints, and other mixed media. Westport Artists Collective Fall Pop Up Show, Wed., Sept. 6, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., preview during day; works by 15 artists.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun.,12-4; 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org.  ArtWalk 2017, through Sept. 8. Walk on Down Exhibition; upstairs gallery: Leslie Connito, through Sept. 8. 40th annual Juried Show; upstairs: Rachel Valpone, Sept. 23-Oct. 22.

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. Open Art Studio, Sat., Sept. 9, 9:30-3:30; free, all ages welcome.

Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, washingtonartassociation.org, 860-868-2878, hours: Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 10-2. The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression, through Sept. 9. In collaboration with Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, One Green Hill, Washington Depot.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery: A Tradition of Excellence: Faculty Show, through Sept. 10. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4. Info: brookfieldcraftcenter.org

Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to New Canaan Society for the Arts, on grounds of former estate, now named Waveny Park, 681 South Ave.; hours: Wed.-Sat. 1-3 and Sundays 1-5 p.m.; carriagebarn.org, 203-972-1895. 40th annual Member Show, Sept. 10-Oct. 7. Plein Air Painting Workshops in Waveny Park, Sept. 11 and 12, 9-1; rain date: Sept. 13. Art for ALZ, Oct. 13-30, benefiting CT Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester, N.Y.; clayartcenter.org or 914-937-2047, x226: Redux: Transformations 6×6, national invitational exhibit featuring 800 6” x 6” handmade tiles made by more than 185 clay artists; on view through Sept. 13.

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, Sept. 15-Dec. 19, including many new offerings, in visual arts for children, teens and adults in fall: Scribble Scrabble, Cartooning, Elementary Art Studio, Click! Digital Photography, Make-A-Monster Workshop, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting, Still Life workshops and more. Reg. open now at website or call for details.

Franklin Street Works, not-for-profit art space, 41 Franklin St., Stamford; Get Out! Making Art Public, annual benefit party in tented back patio, Sat., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, @287 Gallery, 287 Main St., Danbury; artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760. Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sept. 23, 11-7, Main St., Danbury; music, performing arts and more.

WCSU Art Gallery, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Western Connecticut State University’s Westside campus, Danbury; wcsu.edu or 203-837-8403. Thinking Visually: The Art of Connecticut Illustrators, Sept. 25-Dec. 3; opening reception Thurs., Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Loft Artists Association’s Studios & Galleries, 575 Pacific St., Stamford, loftartists.com, 203-247, 2027, hours: Sat. and Sun., 1-4:30 p.m., free adm. Visual Narratives, 4th annual Tri-state Juried Exhibition through Sept. 24; opening reception and awards ceremony Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun., 1-4:30 p.m. Loft Artists seeking new members; details at website.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Ave., Norwalk; gallery hours Tues.-Sun., 9-5; contemprints.org or 203-899-7999.

Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 (Tues.-Fri., 10-4) or milfordarts.org

Gallery 25, 11 Railroad St., New Milford, 860-355-6009; newmilfordgallery25.blogspot.com. Gallery hours: Thurs.- Sun., 11-5 pm, or by appointment. Free adm. Held grand re-opening July 15 in celebration of new location at historic New Milford train station. Cooperative-style art gallery representing local and regional award-winning artists and artisans.

MUSEUMS

* The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum of, 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, aldrichart.org. First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party, Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m. Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past; Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right; Kay Rosen: H Is for House; William Powhida: After the Contemporary; all through Sept. 4. Tony Matelli: Figure, through Oct. 22. Anissa Mack: Junk Kaleidoscope, opening Sun., Oct. 1. Mack to weave together two decades of work in exhibit that runs until April 22, 2018. Shared Space: A New Era, exhibition of photographs and video from 1987 through 2010, Oct. 1-April 22.

*The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich; brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376: $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays; every Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition Tour; Marine Tank Animal Feeding, every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, through Nov. 25; and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, through Sept. 3. In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec, Sept. 23-Jan. 7, featuring 100 drawings, paintings and posters. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Life and Work, lecture by curator Mia Lauter, Sept. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Seaside Center open Tues.-Sun., 11-5, through Sept. 4.

Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, www2.housatonic.edu/artmuseum, 203-332-5052. Scrolls, paintings by Joe Zucker, on view in Burt Chernow Galleries, Sept. 7-Oct. 15. Reception Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., free. Scrolls series “reflects his appreciation of the sea as well as his interest in the lore and legends of pirates.”

Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield; 203-254-4046, fairfield,edu/museum. Richard Lytle: A Retrospective, Sept. 15-Feb. 3, Walsh Gallery in Quick Center for the Arts; reception Thurs., Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Gallery talk with artist Wed., Sept. 19, 5 p.m. Drawing Into Sculpture, talk by Michael Donovan, adjunct professor of studio art, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. Reg at fuam.eventbrite.com.

* 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., fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s, through Sept. 17.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for summer, 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. Summer STEM programs; reg. still open. Origami Interpretations, through November.

Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Gallery, 1073 North Benson Rd.; Michael Gallagher – Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journey, through Sept. 8, details: Fairfield.edu. Walsh Art Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396.

* 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., fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598: Signs of the Times, through Nov. 26; collection of Fairfield-related signs ranging from commercial signs to informational pamphlets; how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, plus visitors can make their own signs.Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s, through Sept. 17.

* 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; museum closed in January; through Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history.

*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, katonahmuseum.org: Eddie Barbash Band, Wed., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., [email protected] concert. Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, through Oct. 1. Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave, Oct. 15-Jan. 7.

* Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk;  open Tues.-Sun., 10-5; $15/person (under 1, free), srs. (over 62), $10; 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. Summer of free adm. for active-duty military personnel and their families. Get Into It! Free Back-to-School Night, Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m., with kids of all ages receive free books and backpacks filled with school supplies, and parents have opportunity to meet Norwalk ACTS members. plus storytimes, meeting BooZoo, museum’s puppy mascot; specially priced menu items.

* EverWonder Children’s Museum (incorporated as Newtown Children’s Museum, Inc.), 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown;  open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, and Sun., 11-5, everwondermuseum.org: hands-on exhibits and demonstrations; adm. $7 for ages one and older. Story Lab for Young Explorers Tues. and Thurs., 10:30-11 a.m. New Art Lab projects, Straw Logic Puzzles and Life Cycle Crowns. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

* 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., 10-4, 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. Museum’s Pennsylvania Railroad circa-1910 Railway Post Office (RPO) car fully-restored.

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.

Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven; Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5, britishart.yale.edu or 203-432-2800 or britishart.yale.edu: Britain in the World, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, new David Friend Hall, gem and mineral gallery; open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adults $13, seniors. $9, children 3-18, $6; 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven; peabody.yale.edu or 203-432-5050. An Artist for Conversation: The Paintings of Albert Earl Gilbert, Sept. 2-April 15.

Yale Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven; free adm., Tues.-Fri., 10-5, Sat.-Sun., 11-5; artgallery.yale.edu or 203-432-0600: Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War, through Dec. 31; photos by Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, An-My Le and Peter van Agtmael, video installation by filmmaker Harun Farocki and digital animation and interactive work created by interdisciplinary design studio SITU Research capture present and future of digital-imaging technologies.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, http://newhavenmuseum.org, Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum, 203-562-4183. Road Trip! exhibition, now through Sept. 1, includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, American Diner Museum, and a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. Capitol America, photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, by Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, now extended through Sept. 1.

The Glass House, 199 Elm St., New Canaan, open for tours Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon., $25 one hour, $50 two hours weekdays, $60 weekends. Lynn Davis: On Ice, through Nov. 30; photographs from artist’s longstanding engagement with icebergs on sea outside of Ilulissat, small town off west coast of Greenland. Tickets and info: theglasshouse.org, 866-811-4111.

Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, N.Y., hammondmuseum.org, 914-669-5033; hours: Wed.-Sat., 12-4 p.m. Outdoors museum partnered with 14 Sculptors, Inc. for To Sit or Not to Sit, through Oct. 28.

Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y. (Westchester); 914-251-6100; neuberger.org; hours: Tues., Thurs.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Wed., noon-8 p.m. (Closed Mon. and Labor Day, Christmas and MLK Day to Memorial Day). Current exhibitions by Leandro Erlich and Fred Wilson on view. When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, ongoing. New: Romare Bearden: Abstraction, Sept. 10-Dec. 22. Adm. $5, general public, $3 seniors 62+, $3 students, children 12/under free; group tours by appointment only on Tues.-Fri., 10-noon; guided tours. A Studio in the Gallery: The Playful Universe of Ignacio Iturria, Sept. 24-Fen. 25.

 

LIBRARIES

Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., Redding, marktwainlibrary.org, 203-938-2545. Two artists, Alice Walsh of New York and Chris Perry of Ridgefield, who use books as their inspiration to exhibit their work in Volume: through September. 57th annual MTL Book Fair, Sept. 1-4. Pudd’nhead Festival, Sept. 15-17.

Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282: Featured Art Walk artist is book artist Chris Perry, who creates handmade books as sculptural forms, through Sept. 8. All About Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, series of lectures, book discussions, film screenings, field trips, performances and more, beginning Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., with Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century Meets the 19th in Jane Austen’s Novels, lecture by Dr. Mark Schenker from Yale College.

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y., katonahlibrary.org, 914-232-3508. Process and Structure, paintings by Shira Toren and sculptures by Bob Clyatt, Sept. 8-Oct. 10; opening reception Fri., Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m.

Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange; orange.lioninc.org, 203-891-2170: Art work of Rosalba Saenz, Aug. 31-Sept. 30; reception Thurs., Sept. 14, 5-7p.m. Her paintings “convey a philosophy of color and form, which she believes are the essential components of life and art.”

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; pequotlibrary.org; 203-259-0346. People’s Choice Art Exhibition, Sept. 7-24; opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Winners of last year’s art show featured in Perkin Gallery; People’s Choice winners, Sage Goldsmith Tremaine and Alexandra Wallace-Currie selected; special guest art by Robyn Swan Filippone; light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real or Fake?, free talk by Philip Eliasoph, Fairfield University art history professor and New York Times’ Education blogger for arts and visual culture, Tues., Sept. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

*Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950: Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Mary Linnea Vaughan shows her abstract work. Celebr8/Art Exhibition/reception, Fri., Sept. 8, 6-7:30 p.m., through Oct. 5.

Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800. On display: Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs, through Aug. 31. Groundbreaking ceremony to kick off Transformation Project, Thurs., Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Plans announced for installations and artwork from library’s collection during two-year renovation project.

Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, norwalkpubliclibrary.org, 203-899-2780. South of the Border and Across the Sea: Mexico, Vietnam & Cambodia Seen Through the Lens of Karen Spencer, new collection of photographs, Sept. 16-Oct. 23; opening reception, Sat., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. The Wives of World War I Monarchs: Four-Part Series, Queen, Kaiserin, Tsarina, Empress, presented by Mona Garcia, historian and reference librarian, Fri at noon, continuing Sept. 29, Tsarina Alexandra; Nov. 3, Empress Zita. Light lunch to be provided.

Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main St., Newtown, chboothlibrary.org, 203-426-4533: Society of the Creative Arts of Newtown August Review Exhibit for month of August. Works by SCAN’s About Town artists in Community Room. Info: scanart.org

Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford, stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162. Local Landscapes, through August; original watercolor paintings highlighting Connecticut area landscapes by Stratford artist Mark Dittmar on display in main lobby. Viewing hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10-8; Fri.-Sat., 10-5 and Sun., 1-5.

Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., darienlibrary.org, 203-655-1234, hours: Mon.- Thurs., 9-9; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 1-5. Lisa Mason Quilt Exhibit, through Sept. 5. Info: https://dar.to/2p9tGeK

New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., 203-594-5076, newcanaanlibrary.org: Are You Reading Me?, works by painter, printer and landscape designer Karen Vogel, who “uses typography, architecture, and organic forms in a linguistic manner, echoing outpourings of sound and narrative” in new exhibit in H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, through Sept. 17. Silvermine author Samuel Schmitt to speak on the History of Silvermine, Tues., Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. Reg at website.

Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3155, 203-256-3160. Bruce S. Kershner Gallery: Bending Reality, paintings by Norm Siegel, Marjorie Poe and Al Coyote Weiner, through Oct. 1.

HISTORICAL

* 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., fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598: Signs of the Times, through Nov. 26; collection of Fairfield-related signs ranging from commercial signs to informational pamphlets; how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, plus visitors can make their own signs.Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s, through Sept. 17.

* 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; museum closed in January; through Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history. Main

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport, westporthistory.org; 203-222-1424. Magical Thinking art exhibit of abstract expressionistic paintings by Westport artist Trace Burroughs, through Sat., Sept. 2. The High School That Rocked, through Sept. 2. Roughly 100 vintage visuals, including replicas of concert posters and ticket stubs, local and student newspaper clippings and photos taken of concerts and behind scenes (six iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands played at Staples High), clip from documentary short of same name, vintage memorabilia, old record player, records, clock radio.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, lockwoodmathewsmansion.org, 203-838-9799. Artist Jan Dilenschneider of Darien to exhibit new works in Eco Visions runs through Oct. 5, with reception Sept. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ongoing exhibits: Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s through Nov. 12. Museum open Wed. through Sun. from early April to early January, noon-4 p.m. Tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m. Adm. adults $10 (45 min.), $20 (90 min.); seniors (62+) $8 (45 min.), $18 (90 min.); students (8-18) $6 (45 min.), $16 (90 min.); free for under 8 and members.

Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., westonhistoricalsociety.org. Weston Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers, tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments. Exhibit features 25 color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando, shot in course of duty and at various training exercises in Weston and around state. Also, Ando’s series of black and white photographic portraits commemorating men and women who have served as Weston Volunteer Firefighters. Collection of apparatus, artifacts, helmets and other gear. Photos and newspaper clippings from several memorable fires. Adm. $3 members, $8 member families; $5 non-members, $10 non-member families. Museum open Sun., 1-4, through Sept. In summer, several events, seminars and demonstrations planned in conjunction with exhibit.

* Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House; Betts Store, offering American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Wed.-Sat., 10-4. Ongoing exhibit: Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons & the Battle over Isolationism; a gallery “Walk and Talk” with guest curator Dr. Matthew Warshauer, no charge, refreshments served. Also: Farm Team: 50 Years of Wilton Baseball, through Oct. 1. Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese by Bronwen and Francis Percival on Fri., Sept. 8, 12:30-1:30, talk with artisanal cheese tasting. Reservations required. Historical society has added 1880’s horse cart to its collection that was owned by Gregory family, who have lived in Wilton for over 150 years. Great American Baseball Trivia Quiz for adults and kids Sat., Sept. 3. Farmers’ goat cheese workshop for adults, Sat., Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m. and workshop for kids, 11-12:30 p.m. Language of Flowers workshop, Sat., Sept. 16, 11-12:30 p.m.

* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or darienhistorical.org: Tues.-Thur., noon to 5, and Sun., noon to 3. Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century, five decades of fashion with designer outfits from 1940s-1990s, extended through Nov. 1; $5 donation suggested.

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, open Tues-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat. 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776, nchistory.org. Exhibits: Art America — 160 Years in the Making, featuring 50 works of art representing major styles subjects and art colonies in America from over nearly two centuries. Throughout exhibit are mannequins viewing a piece of art dressed in attire of that period of time. Doughty Bird Collection, fine bone china models of American Birds from famed artist Dorothy Doughty. From Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, works by impressionist and mural painter.

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. Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play and tours of Bush-Holley House at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Jim and Jane Henson exhibit, through Oct. 8, Storehouse Gallery. 86th Annual Meeting, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 meeting, 7 p.m., panel discussion, Living History: The Green Twachtman House, 1845 to Today. RSVP by Sept. 6 at website or phone number above.

* 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 (through Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (through Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required. Photo Ceramics by Xiomaro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club, on display at visitor center and museum store through Oct. 31; 22 photographs fused on black ceramic tiles.

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. The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call. Historical imagery of all kinds on display; parades, war bond rallies, soldiers and other period images; letters; posters and memorabilia. Special events: World War I Film Series in conjunction with Danbury Library; WWI Recipe Potluck Dinner in October and A Night of Poetry in November; exhibit runs through Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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

Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane, in 275-year-old David Scott House, ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, 203-438-5821, hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 1-5 p.m.

* 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.

Historic Hudson Valley’s National Historic Landmarks, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Phillipsburg Manor open for public tours; Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers, open; Union Church of Pocantico Hills open; and Van Cortlandt Manor open; tour deals, times, ticket info: hudsonvalley.org/historic sites.

NATURE/SCIENCE

*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, summer hours 10-6, back to 10-5 after Sept. 4; (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); 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. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Wed., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Meet the Dragon, through Sept. 4, and new for summer, Flamingoes, through Labor Day. Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies. TGIF Cruises, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 6 p.m. Sept. 8-29; Sunset Cruise each Sat. at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., through Sept. 4 (no cruise Sept. 2), then most Sat, and Sun. Sept and Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Sept. 2, 9 a.m., $75 ($65). IMAX Movies: Dunkirk (PG-13), through Aug. 27, 7 p.m., Thurs.-Sun., $15 adults, youths & seniors, and $12 children. Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at noon and 3 p.m., Dream Big at 2 and 5 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 p.m. Amazon Adventure, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; all through Labor Day. One exhibit and daytime IMAX included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org. Additional discounts for senior citizens throughout Sept. Sensory-Friendly Morning, Sun., Sept. 10, 8-noon: Lights in Maritime Aquarium to be lower, and music and other sounds to be turned down or off. The aquarium also will show specially selected IMAX movie with lower volume and theater lights less dim. Normal adm prices apply.

Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby; open Tues.-Sat., 9-4:30 p.m. at no charge. Info: ct.gov/deep/kellogg

* Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Thur., 9-4; Fri.-Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: ongoing exhibits.

* New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding; info: 203-938-2117 or [email protected].

* 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.

* 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.

* 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 Thurs. 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. Master Naturalist Training Program, Tues., Sept. 5-Nov. 7.; Sat. Sept. 30, 10-2 p.m.

* 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. Amazing Animal Adventures, every Thurs.-Sun., 10-2. Picnic Presentations, every Thurs.-Sun., noon. Rare Amur leopard exhibit offers enhanced viewing area. Five spur-thigh tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) making their home at zoo this summer. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.

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.

Art exhibit at Cafe Atlantique, 33 W River St., Milford; 203-882-1602;  45 old paintings by Milford artist Lucyna Perpek; opening reception Sept. 5, 6-8 p.m.

First solo art exhibit at Axel Interiors, 33 North Ave., Norwalk; axelinteriors.com, 203-299-3155; oil and acrylic paintings by Wilton artist Tara McKiernan Kovach, Sept. 16-Nov. 11, reception Sat., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m.

Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, N.Y.; thelionheartgallery.com or 914-764-8689. Seventeen artists featured in Group Summer Exhibition continuing through Sept. 1.

Sorelle Gallery, 84 Main St., New Canaan; sorellegallery.com, 203-920-1900. Lands End! New Works by John MacDonald and Antonia Tyz-Peeples, and featuring designer vignette, designer to be announced; Sept. 21-Oct. 16; opening reception Thurs., Sept. 21, 5-8 p.m.

SM Home Art Gallery, 70 Arch St., Greenwich; 203-629-8121. Punch & Sizzle – New Artists/New Work, Sept. 28-Nov. 18; reception Thurs., Sept. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sidewalk Gallery at Press Proof Studio, Inc., 18 South Main St., Norwalk where art is hung on curved corner of South Main St. and Haviland St.; meant to be viewed from public sidewalk. Brush Speak – Art of Traveling by artist Melissa DeTroy, who has returned to Norwalk, through Sept. 30. Artist’s statement except: “I see life as a portrait of spirit. A spirit that moves. Guides. Uplifts and connects us all.”

Jim Felice Studios, 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15, Danbury; 203-797-0230. Sculpture Matir by Juan Bordes, painting by Jim Felice.

Bethel Arts’ exhibit of works by 11 sculptors in outdoor sculpture show for one year from the May 6, 2017, opening on property of Bethel Public Library and Municipal Center on Greenwood Ave.; curated by sculptor David Boyajian of New Fairfield. Bethel Arts’ Artspace gallery, 91 Greenwood Ave.; info: BethelArtsCT.org.