Monday, August 8, 2016

A Trio of exhibitions @ Mattatuck Museum

The Mattatuck Museum located on 144 West Main Street in Waterbury is hosting three new exhibitions this summer that feature the work of an award winning artist, Amber Maida as well as the landscape work of Augustus Moore and a stunning display of kimonos.

Out of the Shadow displays the work of Augustus Moore through September 4. Respected for the animal and landscape paintings produced during his lifetime, Edwin Moore (1858-1925) experienced a fleeting recognition that lasted merely fifteen years, from about 1880-1895. By the time of his death, Moore’s artistic reputation was eclipsed by that of his father, landscape artist Nelson Augustus Moore. Restoration of his legacy has been the work of the Moore Picture Trust and private collectors who have generously loaned paintings, watercolors and family memorabilia to this exhibition. It also presents art of each of five generations of this family of artists that began two generations before Edwin and continues to this day.

Amber Maida's exhibition is titled Entrances and Exits and is on display through August 28. As a participant of The MATT’s 2016 MIXMASTER Juried Members Exhibition, Amber Maida won the opportunity for this one-person show. Maida’s mixed-media, sculptural paintings are grounded in her life experience expanded through symbolic storytelling. The underlying threads of her process are evident in this collection of new work, especially her mark-making, use of glassy, pearl-like coatings, rich textures and layered compositions. Through these works she addresses revealing themes of infinite love, the cosmos and the spirit.

Kimonos explores inspirations on silk and runs through August 28. This exhibition features four unique, hand painted, hand-sewn kimonos created by Mary Wolff. The artist finds that directly painting on silk allows a freedom to experiment with fresh images, depth and flow of color. Wolff is delighted to depict landscapes and beautiful flower gardens on a silk canvas that have movement while on the body.

A special display, on one of Waterbury's favorite daughter's Rosalind Russell is on display through October 30.  American screen actress Rosalind Russell lived in Waterbury, Connecticut from birth through graduation from high school. This exhibition covers her childhood in Waterbury, her career, and displays several costumes from her films and personal wardrobe. Film clips, movie ephemera and personal archives will also be on view.

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