Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Summer Art Exhibit
Featuring Watercolors by Award-winning Artist, Historic Preservationist, and Antiques Expert Mimi Adams Findlay
Wed.-Sun., 12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18
A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Mimi Adams will open on June 18, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The exhibit will run through October 31.
Mimi Adams Findlay, a New Canaan resident for over 40 years, studied watercolor painting first with Mac Squires in Wilton from 1961-65, and then with Edgar Whitney from 1965-1975. His challenging tutorials enabled her to paint in the “wet on wet” method, saturating both sides of the paper, front and back and then completing the painting before the paper is completely dry. Always painting outdoors, on site her subjects have been flowers in her gardens, her children, landscapes and seascapes, especially in Maine and Nantucket, and occasionally scenes in Paris. She won first prize in the Darien Art Show and in the Washington Square, NYC, Art Show in the 1970s. In 1970 she won first prize for watercolor painting at the New Canaan Outdoor Art Show.
An art history major at Smith College she had also studied in Providence, RI, as a teenager with Gino Conti, artist member of the Providence Art Club. Since 1966 she has been a professional watercolorist and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Since 1975 she had directed her professional efforts to the study of the history of interior design and historic preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She was appointed to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Board and served from 1974 to 1984.
Subsequently Mimi became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society in America and Connecticut Preservation Action. She served on the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years from 1979-1988, and founded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. seven years ago.
From 1980 to 2005 she owned Mimi Findlay Antiques/Design, exhibiting in Antiques Shows in New York City, offering design services to private clients for the restoration of historic interiors as well as providing the appropriate antiques and period furnishings. She serves on the Vetting Committee of the prestigious annual Winter Antiques Show in the Armory.
The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons, the Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors, Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 203-838-9799.
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11 a.m., at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT, author Jean Zimmerman will give a talk entitled, Love Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance. A book signing courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan will follow the lecture.
A famous John Singer Sargent portrait inspired Ms. Zimmerman to research its subjects and write their love story. Edith Minturn was a beautiful heiress and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, a wealthy young architect. Contemporaries of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, Stokes became a passionate preserver of New York history, Minturn the supermodel of their day, and together they battled on behalf of New York’s poor and powerless as reformers. This lecture will explore the couple’s era and their world, one of fantastic wealth, when a Madison Avenue scion was moved to create model tenements and a beautiful heiress found herself cast in gold, floating above the modern landscape of America.
Jean Zimmerman is a New York-based writer who has made the history of Manhattan a central focus in her many books. She is the author of Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) as well as her historical novels Savage Girl (Viking, 2014) and The Orphanmaster (Viking, 2012), and many nonfiction books that include The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty (Harcourt, 2006). An honors graduate of Barnard College, Zimmerman earned a graduate degree in writing from Columbia University School of the Arts. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.
This will be the fourth in a series of lectures entitled, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion: Seventy-Four Years of Culture - Art, Life, and Love, 1864-1938 by curators and experts in the field of Victorian era material life. The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Please RSVP by Friday, September 5, 2014. The price includes lecture, lunch and a first floor Mansion tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers. The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets.
The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; and LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its seventh annual Old Fashioned Flea Market on Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Mathews Park. The market will feature antiques, collectibles, jewelry, household items, furniture, clothing, toys and of course, plenty of bargains. A collection of classic and antique cars will also be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission to the event is free.
LMMM partners with the Norwalk Library and Tod Bryant, President of the Norwalk Preservation Trust to launch an exhibit featuring photographs of people who worked in the once thriving manufacturing industry during the early 20th century. Those images will be juxtaposed with Tod Bryant's photographs of people who live and work in the former factory buildings in 2014.
"Mystery at Elm Park: The Mansion's Pen & Inkwell Gala"
Opening Night Gala Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Berry as Keynote Speaker
October 18, 2014 ~ Cocktails & Silent Auction 7 PM ~ Dinner 8:30 PM
Rotunda Seating: Single Tickets - $200 & Table of 8 - $1,600 ~ Adjoining Room Seating: Single Tickets - $150 & Table of 6 - $900
New York Times (and #1 internationally) bestselling author Steve Berry will keynote the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's 2014 black-tie Opening Night Gala and exhibition preview on October 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Mansion located at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk. Berry comes to the gala through his History Matters foundation and 100 percent of the proceeds from his appearance will go toward fundraising for the Mansion.
During the event entitled, Mystery at Elm Park: The Mansion's Pen and Inkwell Gala, co-chaired by Michael DiScala and Joseph Passero, guests will have the opportunity to meet Berry and hear about his latest novel, The Lincoln Myth. Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, are the creators of the History Matters foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Trustee and Gala co-Chair Joe Passerosaid, "This is an exciting evening where our generous supporters and people from all across the region can come together to celebrate history, the arts, and a National Historic Landmark that is one of Connecticut's most vibrant and treasured destinations."
The Mansion has launched a prize-winning Young Writers' Competition among students from area schools and Berry will judge the finalists and be on hand to meet the contestants when it culminates with the awards presentation at 6 p.m. the night of the Gala. Trustee and Gala co-Chair Michael DiScala said, "The Gala promises to offer an evening of great entertainment; it will also be a unique opportunity to support education and our nation's history, while surrounded by the beauty and splendor of this iconic mansion."
Guests will also be invited to preview the Mansion's new exhibit, Hidden Treasures: Artifacts from the LMMM Collection. Rarely seen artifacts and exquisite decorative arts objects from the Lockwood and Mathews families will be on view, giving visitors a glimpse into the personal lives and styles of the Mansion's former occupants. The exhibit will include a magnificent silver inkwell with cherubs designed by Tiffany & Co., among other rare artifacts.
WE THANK OUR GALA 2014 SPONSORS
Title Sponsor: M.F. DiScala & Company, Inc.
Gala Benefactors: Klaff's, Moran Towing Company, Mr. and Mrs. David Findlay Jr.
Gala Sustainers: People's United Bank, David Scott Parker Architects, Lillian August
Gala Media Sponsor: Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Gala Graphic Design Sponsor: TFI Envision, Inc.
WE THANK OUR 2014 SEASON'S SPONSORS
Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown
Distinguished Benefactors: Xerox, Klaff's, The Maurice Goodman Foundation
LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Realestate Partners, LLC
Mystery at Elm Park: The Mansion’s Pen and Inkwell Gala
with NY Times Bestselling Author Steve Berry as keynote speaker
Gala tickets are $200 for Rotunda seats and $150 for the Adjoining Room.
Black-tie event including cocktails, a silent auction, and catered dinner
The Ghostly Sightings Tours at the Mansion will focus on the history of the house, when it was a private residence, between 1868 and 1938. Visitors may encounter a ghost who is haunted by those memories and walks through the first and second floors of the Mansion during tour hours, but only at Halloween!
Tea lovers, history buffs and those looking for a unique experience will delight in attending the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Annual Victorian Tea. This Victorian-era National Historic Landmark celebrates the great afternoon “teatime” tradition, said to have been started by the Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. Come enjoy a traditional tea surrounded by unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture and the splendor of the most magnificent Mansion in Connecticut.
The family-friendly event features a formal English tea in the Mansion’s Rotunda, including a wide selection of desserts, sandwiches, and the traditional scones and cream, catered by a tea ceremony expert. Music and entertainment will also be featured.
This exhibit will trace the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to the 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews' era.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will create a festive family event and several hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration. Holiday displays, Santa Claus, music, holiday refreshments, and the cherished Teddy Bear and Doll Victorian Tea will delight and entertain the entire community.
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