OPENING

As part of the Wilton Garden Club’s flower show, it is hosting an art exhibit, Art in Bloom, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 at the historic Old Town Hall in Wilton. The exhibit will feature the works of local artists Jack Disbrow, Leslie Giuliani, Daryl Hawk, Drew Klotz, Julie Leff, John Maurer and Toby Michaels, ranging in style from abstract to realistic, in mediums which include sculpture, oil on canvas, collage, Encaustiflex and photography. Tickets are $10. For more information visit wiltonhistorical.org.

Carriage Barn Arts Center is hosting the Memories & Reflections juried exhibit Oct. 13-30 with a reception on Friday, Oct. 13, 5-8 p.m. at Waveny Park in New Canaan.  The artists will donate 50% of the proceeds from the art sales to the CT chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. For more information visit carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.

Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot; washingtonartassociation.org, 860-868-2878; Tues.-Sat., 10-4. On The Edge, featuring monoprints by John Thompson, Oct. 14-Nov. 10; opening reception Sat., Oct. 14, 4-6 p.m.; public invited. Thompson teaches printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Framingham State University, Danforth Museum, WAA & Gallery and other workshops in the region.

Kent Art Association, Gallery in Kent, 21 South Main St., Kent; 860-927-3989, kentart.org. Open Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Northeast Watercolor Association’s annual Watercolor Show, Oct. 15-28. 2nd annual All Photography Show, Nov. 11- 26.

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950. The G&B Cultural Center Art Exhibition opens Oct. 13, 6 p.m.; through Nov. 9.

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; pequotlibrary.org; 203-259-0346. Pages from Pequot: The Great War and the United States Home Front, Oct, 14-Dec. 3, opening reception Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. Preview Party fund-raiser, 20th annual Art Show: The Story of Art, Sat., Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m. Green Art Show, Sun., Oct. 15, 10 a.m.

ART CENTERS

Gold Coast: Images from the Shores of Greenwich and Beyond, Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Jay B. Wilson’s photos will be on display through Nov. 3. Info: 203-622-6883, greenwichlibrary.org

Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3155, 203-256-3160. Bruce S. Kershner Gallery: Shape Form Pattern, artwork of Jane Davila, Carlos Davila and Peggy Weis, on display through Dec. 3. Reception Oct. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m., with artists talk at 5:15.

Gilded Lily Gallery, 101 River St., Milford; 203-878-7007, gildedlilygallery.comPeople, Places, & Things, watercolors and oils by Stratford artist Karen Essig runs through Oct. 31. Free and open to public.

Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; artplacegallery.org or 203-292-8328: Variations, solo show of work of member Diane Pollack, artist’s talk Thurs., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

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.; carriagebarn.org, 203-972-1895. Art for ALZ, Oct. 13-30, benefiting CT Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, schelfhaudtgallery.com, facebook.com/ShelfhaudtGallery; 203-578-4034. Gallery hours Mon.-Friday, 11- 4, and Sat., 12-4. Align-able Angles (degrees of points of view), Oct. 20-Jan. 20. Exhibit, curated by Peter Konsterlie, features group of artists (David Borawski, Joseph Fucigna, R. Elliott Katz, Adam Niklewicz, Amy Vensel and Etty Yaniv) that use “abstract language and formal structure in an unusual vision,” with sculpture, painting, collage, found objects and installation. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 20, 5- 7:30 p.m.; refreshments and music, free and open to public. Artist panel talk, Sat., Nov. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.

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. Fall classes in session. Annual Faculty Exhibition; Linda Kuehne: American Suburban Landscapes; and Peter Kirkiles: Sculpture; all through Oct. 15. Hypnagogia by Sharon Cavagnolo, Oct 21. Hypnagogia is complex, intricate, and finely detailed.  Her spaces—lushly patterned and bathed in half-light—are a journey into the infinite. Big Impressions, Small Presses:  the Small Independent Print Shop, Oct. 21. It features nine outstanding independent print shops located throughout the Northeast. From the Same Kiln: New Work in Ceramics from Silvermine, Oct. 21. It includes work by Heather Houston of Wilton and Rob Pursell of Redding. All three exhibits will have an opening reception Oct. 21 5-7 p.m. The three exhibits run through Nov. 19. Info: silvermineart.org.

Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647,  milfordarts.org; Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m., special Sat. hours, noon-2 p.m. George Amato: A Retrospective, through Oct. 15. Teacher, artist and theater director Amato’s pop art work during 1960s was used in advertising and exhibited alongside some best-known artists of era. Exhibit in celebration of recent renovations to center by Milford Arts Council.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun.,12-4; 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org. 40th annual Juried Show, and upstairs: paintings by Rachel Valpone, through Oct. 22.

Stamford Art Association, 39 Franklin St., Stamford; stamfordartassociation.org, 203-325-1139.  37th annual Faber Birren Color Show, through Oct. 26. 36 national artists to present interpretations of color in juried multimedia art exhibit, which honors Faber Birren, noted color theorist and former Stamford resident.

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. Reflection of Nature, solo exhibition of paintings by Maria C. Friscia, through Oct. 29. The artist, native of Italy, has a studio with LAA and lives in Riverside. Inspiration for her current works is drawn from the varied landscapes she encounters in Fairfield County and from her travels. Open Studios 2017, Fri., Nov. 3, 6 – 9 p.m., Sat., Nov. 4, 12-5 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5, 12-5 p.m.

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5, Sun., 1-4, rowaytonarts.org. Expressions, through Oct. 29 juried show. Craft beer event, Fri., Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. The Mavis Fenner Memorial Award ($250) for best in show was awarded to Sally H. Aubrey of Lyme for her untitled abstract watercolor. Other award winners include: Acrylics, first place: Clarice Shirvell (Ridgefield) for A Garden in Upstate New York and second place: Carol Young (Fairfield) for Thursday’s Smile. Oil, first place: Marty Rainbow Hendrickson (Darien) for Lunch – Route 27, and second place: Dana Goodfellow (Darien) for The Darien Waterfall. Sculpture, third place: Marianne Rothballer (New Canaan) for Richard at Rest.

Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St., Bridgeport; bridgeport.gov, 203-576-1311. Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit, through Oct. 30; curated by Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli.

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.

Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, westportartscenter.org, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5. Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs, through Nov., featuring over 70 color and black & white photos taken by “the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.”

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, through Dec. 3.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, @287 Gallery, 287 Main St., Danbury; artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760. Accessible Art; see end of listings. Imaginings, solo exhibition of work by illustrator and fine artist Robert Crawford, who practices magic, through Dec. 31. 11th Business Supports the Arts Awards Breakfast, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30-9 a.m., Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury. Info and tickets at http://bit.ly/2wSMp5Q.

Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; palacestamford.org, 203-325-4466. Darien landscape artist Jan Dilenschneider, who has championed cause of preserving environment in exhibits worldwide, to display her paintings in new show, Paint the Beautiful World, through Dec. 31, theater’s recently refurbished Sackler Gallery as well as Café Teatro.

Maritime Garage Gallery, Art in Parking Places initiative, 11 North Water St., South Norwalk; info, norwalkpark.org/public-art or 203-831-9063. Memories in Our Town, through Jan. 5. Contributing artists: Cindy Sinor of Wilton, Al Coyote Wiener of Fairfield, Eric Chang of Westport, Tania Canteli of Beacon, N.Y. and Mary Mattingly of New York City, among others.

Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, through 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. at website or call for details.

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester, N.Y.; clayartcenter.org or 914-937-2047. 60th Birthday Bash, Thurs., Oct. 19, 6-10 p.m., Willow Ridge Country Club, 123 North St., Harrison, N.Y. Tickets start at $150 at clayartcenter.org. Clay Holiday: Annual Studio Sale and Tour, Nov. 18.

The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, 31 Main St., Newtown. Info: scanart.org or 203-426-4608. Annual Fall Art Show & Sale, Oct. 20 – Oct. 22, 10 a.m., – 5 p.m.

MUSEUMS

Junk, 2017 – courtesy of artist Anissa Mack

* 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. 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, April 22. Cocktails and Conversation with Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, Fri., Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Painting Uncorked with Allison Meyer, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., $25 ($20 member). Tony Matelli: Figure, extended through Jan. 1, 2018.

*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. Family Gallery Tour, Oct. 15, 29, 11:30-12:15. Bruce Beginnings Jr, Thurs., Oct. 12, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Nikon’s Small World, through Oct. 20. George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950): Illustrator, Painter, Writer, through Nov. 25. In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec, through Jan. 7, featuring 100 drawings, paintings and posters.

Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield; 203-254-4046, fairfield.edu/museum. Richard Lytle: A Retrospective, through Feb. 3, Walsh Gallery in Quick Center for the Arts. Drawing Into Sculpture, talk by Michael Donovan, adjunct professor of studio art, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. Reg at fuam.eventbrite.com. Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Gallery, 1073 North Benson Rd.; Fairfield.edu, quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396. Picturing History: Ledger Drawings of the Plains Indians, through Dec. 20.

* 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 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.

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, through Oct. 15. Scrolls series “reflects his appreciation of the sea as well as his interest in the lore and legends of pirates.”

*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. Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave, Oct. 15-Jan. 7. Sound Actions: 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), seniors (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. New Mega Making exhibit. Annual Monster Mash, Sat., Oct. 28, 5-8:30 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, 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.

* 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. Pumpkin Patch Trains, Sat., Oct.14, 21 and 28, hourly 10:30-3:30; and Sun., Oct. 15, 22 and 29, hourly 12:30-3:30.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, http://newhavenmuseum.org, Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum, 203-562-4183. Old-School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos, through March 10. Bill Lucey, region’s newly appointed Long Island soundkeeper who is a fish and wildlife biologist, to share details of his mission in free presentation on Tues., Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.

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, through 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.

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). 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.

LIBRARIES

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, through Oct. 23. 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 Nov. 3, Empress Zita; light lunch to be provided.

Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull; trumbullct-library.org, 203-452-5197. Demonstration by master art instructor Dmitri Wright, Thurs., Oct. 5, 1-3 p.m., via Connecticut Classic Arts group. Wright is instructor for Weir Farm National Park dedicated to American Impressionism and also instructs at Silvermine Art School. Connecticut Classic Arts consists of professional artists and hobbyists-those who enjoy the artistic expression. Club meets on first Thursday of month at Trumbull Library, 1 p.m. Membership $30. Walk-in donation accepted gladly. Info: Maryann Lichtenberger, CCA president, 203-378-3899 or facebook.com/ctclassicarts.

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, through Oct. 10. Fall Harvest Etsy Artisan Pop Up Shop, Sat., Oct. 7, 11-4. Info: northeastetsyartists.org.

Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., darienlibrary.org, 203-655-1234, hours: Mon.- Thurs., 9-9; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 1-5. Dana Goodfellow art show, through Oct. 20. Info: dar.to/2p9tGeK

New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., 203-594-5076, newcanaanlibrary.org. Reg at website. Seeing is Being, featuring art by Deborah Chaney, Edhu Nascimento and Cris Xavier, through Nov. 5 in library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery.

Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800. Transformation Project Exhibit. Plans announced for installations and artwork from library’s collection to be exhibited during two-year renovation project.

Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford, stratfordlibrary.org, 203-385-4162. Eclipse exhibit by Raleigh Padgett, photos of the August 2017 eclipse on display through November. Brazen Grit: Images of Brass Valley; 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 in 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.

HISTORICAL

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 nchistory.org. Events: To celebrate 50th anniversary of Waveny Park, Waveny Now and Then, art exhibit featuring drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture inspired by Waveny Park, through Dec. 22. 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.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, lockwoodmathewsmansion.org, 203-838-9799. 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. Halloween tours kick off starting Oct. 20, 5 p.m., with Witches, Vampires & Ghosts Tours. Gilded Age Redux, Oct. 18 – Jan. 7, 2018 with opening reception Oct. 26 5:30 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. 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. Walking tour of Historic District #1, Lambert Corner, intersection of Routes 7 and 33, Wilton, Sat., Oct. 7, 11-noon; former first selectman and historian, Bob Russell, to lead tour. Latitude and Longitude Workshop for Kids, Oct. 14, 11-12:30.

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport, westporthistory.org; 203-222-1424. Hello, 2067? It’s Westport. Ongoing exhibit envisions town 50 years from now. Art from Beyond: Cemetery Tour, Sat., Oct. 7. Tomorrow’s History, first annual gala, Fri., Oct. 13, 6-10 p.m., Design Within Reach, 154 Post Rd. East, Westport. Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour, Sat., Oct. 28, 3 p.m.

* 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. Uncle Sam Wants You: Fairfield in the Great War, through Jan. 21. Wartime posters, photographs newspapers, letters, uniforms and memorabilia from people from Fairfield who served “over there” and on home front.

* 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. New docent training has started; call or email [email protected]

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Ave., Norwalk, norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, 203-846-0525. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.; adm $5 adults, $3 seniors and students (ages 6-22), 5/under free. Exhibits: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play and Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from South, 1940-1970. Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art Exhibit at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk.

* 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.

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.

* 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.

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, 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. Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., Sat. and Sun. in Sept and Sun. in Oct., $29.95 ($24.95). Octoberfest Cruises, 5 p.m., each 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: maritimeaquarium.org.

* 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. Fall exhibition, Illustrations of Imaginative Literature: The Korshak Collection, through Oct. 29.

* 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. Bat Week, Oct. 9-13. Howl-O-Ween, Oct. 14, 21, 27 and 28, 6:30-10 p.m. Wolf Week, Oct. 15-21. Scarecrows on Parade, Oct. 16-31. International Sloth Day, Oct. 20. Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 29, 12 p.m. The zoo’s newest installation is a certified Butterfly Garden and Bug Hotel, contributing to helping the area’s native butterfly population. In front of the new animal commissary, the garden is a gift from Stacey Marcell, her husband Wilbert Frazier, and their company, Northeast Horticultural Services.

* 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.

* 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.

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

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.

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; through Oct. 16.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Rd., Darien, hours: Tues.-Sat., 9:30-5 p.m., gearygallery.com. 203-655-6633. Meditations on Nature, featuring nature acrylics of Bay Shore area of New Jersey painter, Sharon Hathaway, through Oct. 31.

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, through Nov. 11.

SM Home Art Gallery, 70 Arch St., Greenwich; 203-629-8121. Punch & Sizzle – New Artists/New Work, through Nov. 18.

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, paintings 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.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Accessible Art Series at various locations; info., artswesternct.org 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.