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Fairfield Museum plans IMAGES 2012

By Fairfield Museum and History Center

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FAIRFIELD, CT - Some 60 professional, serious amateur and student photographers will participate in Fairfield Museum and History Center’s IMAGES 2012, Fourth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, from May 4th to July 22nd. Noted photographer and Fairfield native, Charles Ruger, will be the exhibition’s signature artist and will be exhibiting a wide range of current and new work for IMAGES 2012.

For this year’s April vacation, the Museum has created 6 programs for students. The programs, which begin on Tuesday, April 17th, will be held in the morning or early afternoon. April vacation programs include:

April Vacation: April 16 – 20, 2012

Monday, April 16 10:30am – 11:15am
For Preschoolers Accompanied by a parent or grandparent
Free with admission; free for members.

Do you know The Lorax by Dr. Seuss? And no, the movie doesn’t count! Meet the original Lorax and his Truffula Trees in the magical world of books. Come celebrate nature with fun stories and an adventure through the galleries. Even on the most glorious spring days, it’s good to listen, laugh, and lounge.

Capture It!
Tuesday, April 17 10am – 12pm
Workshop for ages 8 – 13 $25; Members, $20
Do you want to curate your own photo exhibit? We’ll show you how! Don’t forget your camera. First, view the architectural photographs in the exhibit Sustainable Cities. Then take a journey on a photographic scavenger hunt. We’ll show you how to capture the textures, patterns and details in the architecture around the Town Green. Finally, we’ll explain how a curator develops an exhibit.

Sketching History
Wednesday, April 18 10am – 12pm
with artist and illustrator Deborah Bassino
Workshop for ages 8 – 13 $25; Members, $20
Sketch your way into the past and draw inspiration from history while learning sketching techniques inspired by the everyday objects used by the Ogden family at their 1750 home on Bronson Road under the tutelage of Deborah Bassino, an illustrator and art teacher from Trumbull.
Location: The Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield

Girls Club Afternoon: Felicity and the Ogden House
Wednesday, April 18 1pm – 4pm
Workshop for ages 8 – 12 Materials Fee; $30; Members, $25
Explore the 1750 Ogden House with American Girl® doll Felicity. Discover the activities that kept colonial girls busy and make fragrant potpourri sachets and other crafts. We’ll create our own snack from Felicity’s cookbook.
Location: The Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield

Sketching Nature
Thursday, April 19 10am – 12pm
Workshop for ages 8 – 13 $25; Members, $20
with artist and illustrator Deborah Bassino
Examine the historic buildings and sites on the Town Green and draw a picture of the Burr Homestead gardens (and more!) under the tutelage of Deborah Bassino, an illustrator and art teacher.

Earth Day Nature Expedition
Thursday, April 19 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Ages 6 – 10 $20; Members, $15
Hunt in the gardens and marshes surrounding the Museum. Go on an expedition across the wooded green. What will you find? Then take your discoveries and construct a natural craft inspired by your tour.

Up and Away!
Friday, April 20 10am – 12pm
Ages 8 – 12 $25; Members, $20
Did a Fairfield resident fly before the Wright brothers? What is a VS300? Experiment with different types of flight from balloons to building your own balsa wood glider. Learn why these mechanisms stay aloft and most importantly, discover how to avoid the ground!

The Basket Case
Friday, April 20 2:30pm-3:30pm
$8 Adults, $5 Children
Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Calling all curious kids! This live and interactive performance encourages exploration and discovery within a vast assortment of… baskets. Yes, it’s true: a story unfolds as each basket reveals unique dolls, puppets and surprises. And you participate—dance and sing while journeying through a story that unfurls right before your eyes.


“Our Nation’s Generations 2012: Sustainable Cities” Through April 22 – Not to Be Missed!

What is your vision for sustainability and positive growth for the city of Bridgeport? How can an abandoned building or empty lot help to change the city for the future?

To answer those questions, two schools, Unquowa from Fairfield and New Beginnnings Family Academy from Bridgeport partnered with the Museum and challenged their students to design and create proposals for the city of Bridgeport’s urban planning initiatives. The result is a 3-month exhibition, showcasing the students’ development work on sustainable plans for empty lots and abandoned buildings on upper Main Street in Bridgeport along with the students’ innovative computer models and their writing, poetry and photography.

Storytime for Preschoolers Accompanied by a parent or grandparent

Wednesday, April 11 10:30am – 11:15am

Free with admission; free for members.

Listen to fun and engaging stories that celebrate springtime in the Museum’s Galleries.

Docent Orientation and Training Program

Thursday, April 12 2:30 p.m.

Do you love history and want to learn more about Fairfield’s past? Do you have a knack for telling a good story? The Fairfield Museum and History Center hopes you will consider becoming a docent and attending an orientation and training program, according to Christine Jewell, the Museum’s Director of Education and Community Programs. Contact 203-259-1598 x103.

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