Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.,, 203-438-2282. 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. Ridgefield Writers Conference returns Fri., Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period with Patricia Carr, Sun., Sept. 24, 2-3 p.m. Author Talk: Mike McIntire of Ridgefield, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with New York Times, to discuss his book Champion Way: Football, Florida, and the Last Soul of College Sports, Mon., Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield; 203-254-4046, Richard Lytle: A Retrospective, paintings and drawings, 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

Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St., Bridgeport;, 203-576-1311. Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit, Sept. 15-Oct. 30. City’s Hispanic Heritage Committee and City Lights Gallery extend invitation to opening reception Fri., Sept. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations to be collected for Irma relief for Puerto Rico by State’s Black and Latino Caucus. Exhibit curated by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport,, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5. Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs, Sept. 15-Nov., featuring over 70 color and black & white photos taken by “the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.” Opening reception  Fri., Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.; free and open to public.

Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk,, 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.

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; or 203-762-3950. New Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. Reception, Mon., Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. September brings Wynn Yarrow to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Works are “landscapes as metaphors for inner life.” Celebr8 Art Exhibition, through Oct. 5. Awesome Autumn Book Sale fund-raiser, Sept. 23-25.


Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun.,12-4; 203-438-8863 or 40th annual Juried Show; upstairs: Rachel Valpone, Sept. 23-Oct. 22.

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

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery; Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4. Onward 65 – Brookfield Craft Center’s 65th Anniversary Celebration, Sept. 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Info:

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester, N.Y.; 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: 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; or 203-798-0760. Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sept. 23, 11-7, Main St., Danbury; music, performing arts and more. Accessible Art; see end of listings.

Loft Artists Association’s Studios & Galleries, 575 Pacific St., Stamford,, 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.

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5, Sun., 1-4, Photography & Sculpture, through Sept. 24. Award winning photographer, and Berkeley, MIT grad, Gennadiy Goldenshteyn of Manchester, has his solo show in Portside Gallery. His work features images from around world. In main gallery, RAC members exhibit their photography and sculpture in black and white and living color. Opening reception Sun., Sept. 10, 4-6 p.m., delayed due to Labor Day holiday; it is free and open to public. Next: Expressions, open call for all artists; opening reception Sun., Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m. Craft beer event, Fri., Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; or 203-292-8328: Art’s Animals and Alice’s People, works by members Art Gerstein and Alice Katz, through Oct. 1.

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. 10-3 and Sundays 1-5 p.m.;, 203-972-1895. 40th annual Member Show, through Oct. 7. Guided group tour of Dale Chihuly exhibit at New York Botanical Gardens, Fri., Sept. 22. iPhone Photography Workshop with artist and instructor Julie Stauffer, Mon. and Wed., Sept. 25 and 27, 9:30-noon. Art for ALZ, Oct. 13-30, benefiting CT Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

The Silvermine Arts Center has opened three new exhibitions, including Dream Deferred: American Suburban Landscapes, featuring photography by Linda Kuehne (one of her works is pictured). The opening reception takes place Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan; gallery hours Wed.-Sat., noon to 5, Sun., 1 to 5; or 203-966-9700. Annual Faculty Exhibition; Linda Kuehne: American Suburban Landscapes; and Peter Kirkiles: Sculpture; all through Oct. 15, official reception, Sun., Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m. Fall classes begin Sept. 18; details at website or call 203-966-6668, ext. 2. Jim Clark Trio, benefit performance, Sun., Oct. 1, with gallery reception from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by 5-6 p.m. performance in Sara Victoria Hall Auditorium. Artist Talk Oct. 3, 6 p.m.

Greenwich Art Society Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave., second floor, Greenwich;, 203-529-1533; contact Mon.-Fri., 9:30-12:30. Solo exhibition by member, Karen Griffin, Navigating the Art World, through Oct. 8; public reception Sat., Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. Artist exhibiting series of paintings of books.  

Mayor’s Gallery, 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, through Nov. 6.

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

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport,, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5.

Gallery 25, 11 Railroad St., New Milford, 860-355-6009; 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.


* 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, Tony Matelli: Figure, extended through Jan. 1, 2018. 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. Art making workshop for families on Third Saturdays, Sept. 16, 10-3, on porch of Old Hundred building. Exhibit openings and receptions, Sun., Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m.  Portfolio Workshop with Arissa Mack, Mon., Oct. 2, 5:30-7 p.m. Cocktails and Conversation with Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, Fri., Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

*The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich; 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. Family Gallery Tours, Sept. 17, 24, 11:30-12:15 p.m. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, through Nov. 25; and Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. 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. Family Studio Workshop: Lines and Color, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.

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 Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Gallery, 1073 North Benson Rd.;, or 1-877-ARTS-396. Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians, Wed., Sept. 27-Wed., Dec. 20.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; 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 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., 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.

Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport,, 203-332-5052. Scrolls, paintings by Joe Zucker, on view in Burt Chernow Galleries, through Oct. 15. Scrolls series “reflects his appreciation of the sea as well as his interest in the lore and legends of pirates.” Murder Amongst The Mateys, murder mystery cocktail party to benefit museum, Fri., Sept. 29, 7:30-10 p.m., Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill at Bass Pro Shop; tickets $50.

*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, 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; 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. Worldwide Day of Play, Sept. 16; physical activities, live performances, crafts and programs all free. Event planners, families and vendors are invited to venue rental showcase event, Mon., Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m.

* EverWonder Children’s Museum (incorporated as Newtown Children’s Museum, Inc.), 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown;  open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, and Sun., 11-5, 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.

* Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337;  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 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, or 203-432-2800 or 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; or 203-432-5050. An Artist for Conversation: The Paintings of Albert Earl Gilbert, through April 15.

Yale Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven; free adm., Tues.-Fri., 10-5, Sat.-Sun., 11-5; 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,,, 203-562-4183.

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:, 866-811-4111.

Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, N.Y.,, 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;; 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). New: Romare Bearden: Abstraction, through Dec. 22. Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun, through Dec. 22. When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, ongoing. 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-Feb. 25.



Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., Redding,, 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. Pudd’nhead Festival, Sept. 15-17.

Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange;, 203-891-2170: Art work of Rosalba Saenz, through 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.”

Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; or 203-291-4800. Groundbreaking ceremony to kick off Transformation Project, Thurs., Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Opening reception for Transformation Project Exhibit, Fri., Sept. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Plans announced for installations and artwork from library’s collection to be exhibited during two-year renovation project.

Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk,, 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. Norwalk/Nagarote (Nicaragua) Sister City Project display of photos and material about project on view during Sept. 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.

New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., 203-594-5076, Are You Reading Me?, works by painter, printer and landscape designer Karen Vogel, who “uses typography, architecture, and organic forms in 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. Seeing is Being, featuring art by Deborah Chaney, Edhu Nascimento and Cris Xavier, Sept. 21-Nov. 5. Reception Sat., Sept. 23, 3-5 p.m.; Q & A with artists at 3:30. All welcome.

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport;; 203-259-0346. People’s Choice Art Exhibition, through Sept. 24. 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.

Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield,, 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.

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y.,, 914-232-3508. Process and Structure, paintings by Shira Toren and sculptures by Bob Clyatt, through Oct. 10.

Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd.,, 203-655-1234, hours: Mon.- Thurs., 9-9; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 1-5. Dana Goodfellow art show, through Oct. 20, reception Sept. 15, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Info:

Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford,, 203-385-4162. Author and photographer Emery Roth II of Washington, CT, presenting his original framed photographs of Brass Valley and its industries on display in main lobby September and October. He will discuss his work in Sunday Afternoon Talks program, Nov. 5; free and open to public. Library hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10-8; Fri.-Sat., 10-5 and Sun., 1-5.



* 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., 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; 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. New docent training starts Tues., Sept. 19; for details call museum or email [email protected]

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk,, 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. Gilded Age Gala, Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m.; cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, two exhibit previews, plus comedian Brian Grossi.

Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., 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. Third annual Oktoberfest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m.

* 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. 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. Language of Flowers workshop, Sat., Sept. 16, 11-12:30 p.m.

* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or 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-Friday 9:30-4:30, Sat. 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776, or Events: To celebrate 50th anniversary of Waveny Park, Waveny Now and Then,  art exhibit featuring drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture inspired by Waveny Park.  Opening reception Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m.; $25/members, $35/non-members. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22. History and Reconstruction of Waveny Gardens, speaker Keith Simpson, Oct. 5, 6 p.m., no charge. Astor Galleries Appraisal Day, Oct. 7, 10-4 p.m. Literary Lunch with Beatriz Williams, Oct. 12, 12-2 p.m.; bestselling author discusses her latest novel, Cocoa Beach; catered lunch with complimentary wine, $35 per person. Artist’s Talk with photographer Torrance York, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. Guided tour of historical society museums, every Wed., 3-4 p.m. Memoir Writing Workshop every Thurs.,10-11:30 a.m. From the 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; 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.

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport,; 203-222-1424. Hello, 2067? It’s Westport. New exhibit envisions town 50 years from now, opening reception Fri., Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. Stroll through Old Saugatuck, Sat., Sept. 30. Art from Beyond: Cemetery Tour, Sat., Oct. 7.

* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or 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 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.

Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane, in 275-year-old David Scott House,, 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 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: sites.


*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or; open daily, 10-5 (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, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. Special exhibits: Meerkats, Dragons, Journey with Jellies displays of local and exotic species. TGIF Cruises, 6 p.m. through Sept. 29 and Sunset Cruise each Sat., Sept. 23 and 30, $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., most Sat. and Sun. in Sept and Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m., $70 ($60). Octoberfest Cruises, 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 7-28, $50 ($45). IMAX Movies: Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at 11 and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m., Amazon Adventure, 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. weekends, Beavers, 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; all through Nov. 22. 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: Additional discounts for senior citizens throughout Sept..

* 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

* 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;

* Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd.; adm. $5/adults, $3/children, srs.; 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

* 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; 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 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.

* 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; 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. International Red Panda Day, Sept. 15. Evening Lecture Series: Mount Everest climber Ian Lewis, Sept. 20. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.

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

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


First solo art exhibit at Axel Interiors, 33 North Ave., Norwalk;, 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.

Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Ave., Southport, 203-292-6124; Tues.-Sat., 11-4. Reflections: The Faces of Tourette Syndrome, Sept. 17-30, opening reception Sun., Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m. Work of Kristie Kistner of Fairfield, winner of Fairfield Museum and History Center’s annual Images competition.

Sorelle Gallery, 84 Main St., New Canaan;, 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.

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

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 excerpt: “I see life as a portrait of spirit. A spirit that moves. Guides. Uplifts and connects us all.”

Art exhibit at Cafe Atlantique, 33 W River St., Milford; 203-882-1602;  45 old paintings by Milford artist Lucyna Perpek.

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:

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Accessible Art Series at various locations; info., or 203-798-0760; new exhibits 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.