1. Shoppers enjoy the SMNC Holiday Market, which showcased the hand-made work of more than 20 local artisans. (contributed photo)
Stamford, CT - Stamford Museum & Nature Center was pleased to welcome the public to the opening of “Chagall for Children,” an interactive, hands-on exhibition that presents a unique opportunity to introduce children to art through the work of master artist, Marc Chagall, while allowing them to explore their own creativity. The exhibit has traveled the nation since 1996, organized by the Kohl Children’s Museum of Illinois, and will be on view in the Stamford Museum’s Bendel Galleries through Saturday, January 5, 2020.
The November 14th opening was held in conjunction with the SM&NC’s annual Holiday Market, which showcased the hand-made work of more than 20 local artisans including textiles, jewelry, apparel, ceramics, photography, pet gifts, woodwork, candles, skincare, soaps, gemstones, stationery, etchings and more. The evening also featured an on-site book singing of “To the Editor: a Curated Collection of Letters and Opinion Pieces” by Stamford author, Lynn Villency Cohen. Lynn has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the SM&NC since 2002, and was recognized by Moffly Media’s 2018 “Light a Fire” event as “Most Dedicated Supporter of the Arts” in Fairfield County
2. Author Lynn Villency Cohen signed copies of her book, “To the Editor: a Curated Collection of Letters and Opinion Pieces.” (contributed photo)
“There was a powerful synergy in this pairing of events that reflects our commitment to programming across all ages,” said Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director & CEO of the SM&NC. “With ‘something for everyone,’ we were pleased to offer the community the opportunity to enjoy three unique experiences in one fantastic evening.”
The “Chagall for Children” hands-on exhibition is comprised of 14 stations, each featuring a reproduction of a Chagall masterpiece accompanied by multi-sensory elements and an informative audio recording. Guests can create mosaics, weave tapestries, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, conduct symphonies, and even insert themselves into one of his paintings through the magic of video.
3. The “Chagall for Children” hands-on exhibition is comprised of 14 interactive stations, each featuring a reproduction of a Chagall masterpiece accompanied by multi-sensory elements. (contributed photo)
“Chagall was a whimsical artist who instantly appeals to children’s senses of wonder and fantasy," said Jillian Casey, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for Stamford Museum & Nature Center. “The components of this exhibit help to develop a greater understanding of all forms of artistic expression, as well as specific art principles like color, composition, light, and texture.”
Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of our unique site.