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.
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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