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, men in blazers and flannels mingled in the annual garden parties hosted by the Lyme Art Association. A 1931 painting, Tea Day, by LAA artist Edward Volkert is the instigation for this exhibition which, like a snapshot in time, will focus on the art of this period in Old Lyme Connecticut. Artists include Eugene Higgins, Bruce Crane, Harry Hoffman, William Chadwick, and Edward Volkert among others.

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

Paintings by Arthur Yanoff
June 3 – July 24, 2016, 2016

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

During the summer of 2014, Arthur Yanoff visited Branford’s Thimble Islands where he was affected by the allure of the water and the area’s clear light. With this inspiration he produced a group of large-scale abstract paintings that are not the usual seascapes, but rather, works that express the nature of the place itself.

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

James Daugherty
June 3 – July 24, 2016

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

Among the first wave of American modernists, James Daugherty (1887-1974) explored the possibilities of pure color employed in the use, first, of abstract painting, then, in naturalistic compositions that focused on the figure. This exhibition, made possible by a generous gift of the artist’s estate, covers the breadth of Daugherty’s career and showcases early modernism, muralist art, and fauvist realism.

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.

Faith Stewart-Gordon
June 3 – July 24, 2016

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

More than fifty of Faith Stewart-Gordon’s boldly colored paintings are incorporated into this salon-style installation. Subjects drawn from her life in both New York City and Connecticut and her travels are accompanied by portraits of her friends and her pets. These small-scale works are lively, vibrant, and charming.

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.

A Youth Perspective
May 18 – June 29, 2016

Reception: Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) features photographs encompassing health, art and writing by high school students from Waterbury and Danbury. Students have concentrated on health topics, which they explored through photography and writing, to convey their perspectives about the subject matter. Giving these students the opportunity to share their unique points of view has encouraged them to be leaders who can make a positive impact in the community.


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.

Operating with support from

©2010 - The Mattatuck Historical Society - All Rights Reserved.
144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 - Tel. (203) 753-0381
Web Site by RP Design Web Services
Follow Us: