Current Exhibitions

TEA DAY 1931
The Art Community at Old Lyme
June 12 – September 4, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Women in gauzy dresses and wide-brimmed hats and men in blazers and flannels mingled in the annual garden parties hosted by the Lyme Art Association (LAA). A painting, Tea Day, 1931, by LAA artist Edward Volkert is the inspiration for this exhibition which, like a snapshot in time, focuses on the art of this period in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Artists include William Chadwick, Helen Dumond, Lydia Longacre, Percival Rosseau, Bessie Vonnoh, and Carleton Wiggins among others.

This exhibition is supported in part by the David T. Langrock Foundation.

Edwin Augustus Moore

July 31 - September 4, 2016

RECEPTION: Sunday, July 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Respected for the animal and landscape paintings produced during his lifetime, Edwin Moore (1858-1925) experienced a fleeting recognition that lasted merely fifteen years, from about 1880-1895. By the time of his death, Moore’s artistic reputation was eclipsed by that of his father, landscape artist Nelson Augustus Moore. Restoration of his legacy has been the work of the Moore Picture Trust and private collectors who have generously loaned paintings, watercolors and family memorabilia to this exhibition. It also presents art of each of five generations of this family of artists that began two generations before Edwin and continues to this day.

Supported in part by CT Humanities.

Amber Maida

July 31 - August 28, 2016

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Sunday, July 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

As a participant of The MATT’s 2016 MIXMASTER Juried Members Exhibition, Amber Maida won the opportunity for this one-person show. Maida’s mixed-media, sculptural paintings are grounded in her life experience expanded through symbolic storytelling. The underlying threads of her process are evident in this collection of new work, especially her mark-making, use of glassy, pearl-like coatings, rich textures and layered compositions. Through these works she addresses revealing themes of infinite love, the cosmos and the spirit.

Supported in part through a gift from David & Mara Sfara to underwrite exhibits in The Lab.

Inspirations On Silk

July 31 - August 28, 2016

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Sunday, July 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This exhibition features four unique, hand painted, hand-sewn kimonos created by Mary Wolff. The artist finds that directly painting on silk allows a freedom to experiment with fresh images, depth and flow of color. Wolff is delighted to depict landscapes and beautiful flower gardens on a silk canvas that have movement while on the body.

Elizabeth MacDonald
June 3 – September 6, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Renee Iacone
June 3 – September 6, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Ceramicist Renee Iacone’s nature-inflected sculptures include geological stacks that reference constructed piles of stones called cairns and figures made of clay and steel. A multi-site installation of her work moves the viewer in and out of the Museum’s Courtyard.

Rosalind Russell
June 3 – October 30, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

American screen actress Rosalind Russell lived in Waterbury, Connecticut from birth through graduation from high school. This exhibition covers her childhood in Waterbury, her career, and displays several costumes from her films and personal wardrobe. Film clips, movie ephemera and personal archives will also be on view.


Using more than 50 images this exhibition examines the disaster that still ranks as the worst to engulf the Naugatuck Valley. This pictorial documentary will wrap around the staircase walls between the Museum’s First and Second Floor galleries and includes photographs of the flood’s aftermath.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Republican-American and the Mattatuck Museum to mark the 60th anniversary of the Flood of 1955. It is sponsored by the Republican-American using photographic images from their archives.

The Golden Age of Trans-Atlantic Steamship Travel
June 19 – August 7, 2016

Reception: Sunday, June 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This exhibit includes a selection of china, silver, posters and ephemera related to steamship travel including the S.S. United States. On loan from a private collector, this exhibit celebrates one person’s passionate collection of ocean liner memorabilia.

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