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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.
For anyone who loves to hunt for treasures, repurposed furniture, decorative accessories, and curiosities of all kinds, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Old Fashioned Flea Market is the place to be on Sunday, September 21,2014, 10-5 p.m. The event, chaired by LMMM Trustee Lynne Byington, takes place at Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT.
“Whether you enjoy bargains, face-painting, or a stroll down memory lane, this is such an enjoyable event as it offers something to everyone,” said Ms. Byington. “I am thrilled to chair this event and introduce this magnificent National Historic Landmark to a great number of our Norwalk visitors.” More than 80 vendors will offer a variety of items from new, to used, to vintage, including antiques, furniture, collectibles, jewelry, household items, clothing, and toys. Shoppers will be able to view a classic and antique car show, listen to swing and jazz music while enjoying the best all-American barbeque in Connecticut, courtesy of Stew Leonard’s and Michael Gilmartin’s Outdoor Cookers Catering & Event Planning. The popular Bob Button Big Band will perform from 12-1 p.m. while students from The Pop Music Academy, (Stamford, CT), will delight the audience with contemporary music at 2:30-3:30 p.m. The Museum will be open for mini-tours 12-4 p.m.. Visitors will be invited to walk throughout the Museum’s period rooms on the first floor and view an iconic Victorian era mansion for only $5. Proceeds will benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. The Museum has donated several booths to area nonprofits who will share their message and mission with attendees.
Vendors wishing to rent space or purchase an ad in the complimentary program booklet distributed to visitors should email or call Brian Fischer, LMMM Facilities Coordinator at: email@example.com or 203-838-9799 ext. 4. Vendor spaces are 10x16 feet and cost $65 for the day. The deadline is September 15. No rain date will be scheduled.
The Museum's 2014 Old Fashioned Flea Market is made possible in part by generous support from: Fairfield County Bank, King Industries, Inc., and City Carting. 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; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.
"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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