OPENING

Nature by Hand, paintings by Cos Cob artist Ilse Gordon, known for her local landscapes, public park and private garden works, June 15-July 30, Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob, 203-622-6883. Opening reception, Thurs., June 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lyrical Images, Loft Artists Group Exhibition of Lyric Inspired Artwork, June 16-July 23, reception Fri., June 16, 6-8 p.m.; special gallery naming ceremony honoring Bob and Pat Phillips at 7. Loft Artists Association’s Studios & Galleries, 575 Pacific St., Stamford, loftartists.com, 203-247, 2027, hours: Sat. and Sun., 1-4:30 p.m., free adm.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk;  open Tues.-Sun., 10-5; $15/person (under 1, free), seniors (over 62), $10; steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, June 16, 5-8:30 p.m., three half-hour storytimes; watching caterpillar “eat lots of colorful food on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.” Kids can come in pajamas; after story, storybook character visits kids; hands-on themed activities.

Magical Thinking art exhibit of abstract expressionistic paintings by Westport artist Trace Burroughs opens Fri., June 16, with reception 6-8 p.m., Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, Westport, westporthistory.org; 203-222-1424. Exhibit runs through Sat., Sept. 2. The High School That Rocked, June 16-Sept. 2, Westport Historical Society. Roughly 100 vintage visuals, including replicas of concert posters and ticket stubs, local and student newspaper clippings and photos taken of concerts and behind scenes (six iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands played at Staples High), clip from documentary short of same name, vintage memorabilia, old record player, records, clock radio, etc.

Emil, oil-on-canvas work by Darien High School senior Lucy Armstrong in iCreate exhibit.

* The Bruce Museum, Tues.-Sun., 10 to 5; $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays;  One Museum Drive, Greenwich, 203-869-0376: New exhibit: iCreate opens Sat., June 17, 10-5. More than 40 fine art works selected from more than 700 submissions from teens throughout Connecticut and New York. Art Adventures: Pop Art Portraits, Sun., June 18, 1-3 p.m. Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, through Sept. 3. Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, through July 16.

* The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (till 6 in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); $22.95 adults, $20.95, youth (13-17) & seniors, $15.95 children 3-12 (incl. a film at IMAX theater); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species. Opening June 17, Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies – “the most of any aquarium in the region.” Maritime with a Twist, adults-only evening of food, music, exhibits, June 22, 6-8 p.m., tickets $50 ($45 for members), with proceeds going to aquarium, at door or adv. at maritimeaquarium.org or 203-852-0700, x2206.  Amazon Adventure IMAX movie opens July 1.

Summer Solstice Festival, June 17, 6-9 p.m., Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, washingtonartassociation.org, 860-868-2878, hours: Tues.-Sat., 10-5. Ruth Miller and Andrew Forge, paintings and drawings, July 1-Aug. 5; opening reception July 1, 4-6 p.m.

Honoring Weston’s Own Fire and EMS Volunteers, tribute to Weston’s all-volunteer fire and EMS departments, opening Sun., June 18, at 1 p.m. with Touch Fire Truck event, and new exhibit at Weston Historical Society and Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Rd., Weston, rain or shine. Weston’s vintage 1934 Mack Fire Pumper, “Old Mack”, on display, and firefighter related story-telling time. Exhibit features 25 color-on-metal photographs taken by Weston firefighter and professional photographer Bruce Ando, shot in course of duty and at various training exercises in Weston and around state. Also, Ando’s series of black and white photographic portraits commemorating men and women who have served as Weston Volunteer Firefighters. Collection of apparatus, artifacts, helmets and other gear. Photos and newspaper clippings from several memorable fires. Adm. $3 members, $8 member families; $5 non-members, $10 non-member families. Museum open Sun., 1-4, starting June 18 through Sept. 3, with exception of July 4th weekend. In summer, several events, seminars and demonstrations planned in conjunction with exhibit. Info: westonhistoricalsociety.org.

ART CENTERS

Art 4 PAWS Exhibition, June 29-Aug. 24, Tues. through Fri., 12-4 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Portraits of animals (with or without humans); paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, graphic design, etc. Reception and presentation of awards Thurs., July 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Benefit for Milford Animal Shelter. Sponsored by Pond Point Animal Hospital. Details: Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 (Tues.-Fri., 10-4) or milfordarts.org

Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5, Sun., 1-4, rowaytonarts.org. Focus under Forty, through June 25. Junior Members (ages 12- 17) exhibit upstairs in RAC studio. Paint Rowayton, featuring work of RAC’S Plein Air painters; scenes of Rowayton over 10 days (May 22-June 2).

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun.,12-4; 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org: Juried Member Show and Emily Padlowski, Life in Art: Evolving Search and Experiment, an exhibit of her paintings, collages and soft sculptures in the Upstairs Gallery; both through June 18.

‘Now is the Time’ by Greenwich artist Paul Larson.

Art/Place Gallery, at 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; artplacegallery.org or 203-292-8328: In Time, In Shadow, paintings of members Cate M. Leach of Darien and Paul Larson of Greenwich, through June 18. Layering Colors, work of members Dave Pressler of Shelton, who works with photography, digital, printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture, and Phyllis Peckar Clamage of Stratford, hand papermaking using different papers from around world, June 21-July 24. Reception June 25, 2-5 p.m. Artists to talk about their work July 20 at 1 p.m.

Main Street to Madison Avenue exhibition, through June 23, Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, westportartscenter.org, 203-222-7070, open Mon.-Sat., 10-5.

Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to New Canaan Society for the Arts, on grounds of former estate, now named Waveny Park, 681 South Ave.; hours: Wed.-Sat. 1-3 and Sundays 1-5 p.m.; carriagebarn.org, 203-972-1895. New York Society of Women Artists: The Primacy of Color III, through Fri., June 23. Artist Talk, Sat., June 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Live Jazz Night, @ Carriage Barn Arts Center, June 17, 8 p.m.

Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., Milford, gallery open Tues.-Fri, 10-5, free, info: milfordarts.org/firehouse-art-gallery/exhibits or 203-878-6647. Our Fine Feathered Friends, through June 24.

Creative Arts Workshop: Robert Gregson’s spring exhibition, Out of Order, at Creative Arts Workshop, through June 30, 80 Audubon St., New Haven, free and open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 9-noon. Sculptural and installation pieces and the artist “invites the viewer to manipulate them, thereby offering unlimited opportunities to share experiences.” Gregson “explores contradictions where order and disorder share the same place.” Videos of his works at CreativeArtsWorkshop.org/about-us/media.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan; gallery hours Wed.-Sat., noon to 5, Sun., 1 to 5; silvermineart.org or 203-966-9700. Living Art Award honoree: David Dunlop of Wilton; Legacy Award: Ann Weiner of Westport; Guild of Artist Awards: Alberta Cifolelli of Westport and Bonnie Ford Woit of New York City.  Art of the Northeast Exhibition opens Sat., July 18, 6:30 p.m.; runs through Aug. 19. Whitney Museum’s David Kiehl to curate 2017 AoNE.

Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

Greenwich Art Society, annual Members Flinn Exhibition with Peripheral Vision theme, June 29-July 19, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Public Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Fine artists represented in show from tri-state region in competitive venue. Artists awards of $2,000 to be presented at public reception, Thurs., June 29. 6-8 p.m. All works available for purchase. Info: greenwichartsociety.org or 203-629-1533. Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Arts Center’s Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich; hours: weekdays, 10-5, Thurs. until 7; weekends, noon-4.

Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison exhibit at Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. Exhibit runs through July 2. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4. Info: brookfieldcraftcenter.org

Floral Explorations, paintings, pressed flowers and porcelain on canvas by Stamford artist Rosa Colón, through July 5, 10th floor, Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford; 203-858-3082; hours: weekdays 9-4.

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester, N.Y.; clayartcenter.org or 914-937-2047 x226: Two concurrent solo exhibitions: Stories of My Histories, by Natalia Arbelaez, 2016-17 Barbara Rittenberg Fellow; and Geometric Configurations, by Logan Wall, 2016-17 Clay Art Center Artist-in-Residence. Exhibits run through July 15.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, @287 Gallery, 287 Main St., Danbury; artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760; Endworks: Out of Darkness: 14 artists, through Aug. 4.

Maritime Garage Gallery, Art in Parking Places initiative, 11 North Water St., South Norwalk; info, norwalkpark.org/public-art or 203-831-9063: From A Student Perspective: Selections from the Art, Architecture and Design Department at Norwalk Community College, through Aug. 11.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Mathews Park, 299 West Ave., Norwalk; gallery hours Tues.-Sun., 9-5; contemprints.org or 203-899-7999. 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Juried  competition and exhibition limited to works of no more than four square inches. CCP received 632 prints from 294 artists with works arriving from 33 countries, including representation by artists in 24 states; exhibit runs through Aug. 27.

The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor, group exhibition “exploring queerness through the lens of class and vice versa,” Franklin Street Works, not-for-profit art space, 41 Franklin St., Stamford; Works by Angela Beallor, Hugo Gellert, Montague Glover, Noam Gonick, Hagra, William E. Jones, Erik Moskowitz+Amanda Trager, Jaanus Samma, and YES! Association / Föreningen JA!; on view through Aug. 27.

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, 10th year-round Accessible Art Series season, at various locations; info., artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760: Debra Berger of Danbury, images of her other creative passion – her garden, Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., 203-797-4511. Barbara Courtian of New York City, watercolor works, Mothership Bakery & Café, 331 Main St., Danbury, 203-417-6914. Justin Farigiano of Bethel, photography, Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., 203-797-4505. Victoria Harriott of Norwalk, paintings, monochromatic/pop art style, YMCA’s Escape to the Arts, 293 Main St., Danbury, 203-794-1413. Chris Kiely of Danbury, photography, CityCenter Danbury 268 Main St., 203-792-1711. Toni Miraldi of Sandy Hook, mural art, Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St., Danbury; 203-794-9466. Betsy Post ofNewtown, needle art, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., 203-794-8756. Charlene Schosser of Danbury, mixed media with paint chips, glue, artist board and more, Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St., Danbury, 792-2323.

Bethel Arts’ exhibit of works by 11 sculptors in outdoor sculpture show for one year from May 6, 2017, opening on property of Bethel Public Library and Municipal Center on Greenwood Ave.; curated by sculptor David Boyajian of New Fairfield. Bethel Arts’ Artspace gallery, 91 Greenwood Ave.; info: BethelArtsCT.org.

LIBRARIES

Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., Redding, marktwainlibrary.org, 203-938-2545. Robin R. Salmon, curator of sculpture and vice president of art and historical and historical collections at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, to give talk in Allen & Helen Hermes Art Series, on American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, Tues., June 20, 7:30 p.m., reception to follow. Reg. required.

Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282: New Visions – Shutterbugs Photography Group Photography Exhibit, through June 28. Art and About Library Art Trips: June 21, at Grace Farm in New Canaan at 10:30 a.m.; July 12, at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, N.Y. at 10:30 a.m.; July 26 at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton at 9:30 a.m.Reg. required, at ridgefieldlibrary.org; fees vary.

Barbara Paul’s photography exhibit, Theyyam Ritual Dance — India, through June 24, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, norwalklib.org, 203-899-2780; hours: Mon.,Wed., Thurs., 9-8:30, Tues, Fri., Sat., 9-5:30, Sun., 1-5.

Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., darienlibrary.org, 203-655-1234, hours: Mon.- Thurs., 9-9; Fri., 9-6; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 1-5. Steve Fritsch Art Exhibit, through June 26; info: dar.to/2p9tGeK

New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., 203-594-5076, newcanaanlibrary.org: Painting Inside-Out, a joint art exhibition by Pam Ackley and Bevi Bullwinkel, through July 23 in H. Pelham Curtis Gallery.

Reverie, solo art exhibition by Shelton artist Len Grayeck, through July 30, Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Rd., Mon., Thurs., Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Wed., 10-8 p.m., Sat., 10-3. Info: 203-261-0175; info@eastonartscouncil.org

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.; wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950: Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence exhibition/reception, Mon., June 26, 6-7:30 p.m. Artist Dorothy Lorenze works in classical style of traditional oils; her paintings are contemporary realism. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site. Reg. suggested. Tribute to Branchville SoHo Gallery exhibit. The late Paula Reens and husband Lou Reens, Wilton residents for past 49 years, decided to have remaining paintings from their contemporary art gallery they owned in Ridgefield placed on display at library and have library be beneficiary of proceeds; 50 paintings of contemporary artists on view. Artists such as Ben Benn (1884-1983), Jack Youngerman (b. 1926), Marvin Hayes (b. 1939; lived in Wilton 1965-1991) and Robert Heindel (1938-2005), among others to be featured. Exhibit runs through Thurs., June 29.

Joseph Barber: A Retrospective, original paintings by the late Joseph Barber, May and June art exhibit, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford; first appearance of Barber’s work at library, free and open to public; includes painted landscapes (watercolors, acrylics and oils) and a wide range of scenes based upon remembrances, feelings and atmosphere. Viewing hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10-8; Fri.-Sat., 10-5 and Sun., 1-5.

Monroe Arts Council’s second exhibit, Artist Invitational Show, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Tpke., Monroe. Open during library hours for month of June. Info: Andrew Pinto at corcorangr@snet.net.

Seymour Public Library, 46 Church St., seymourlibrary.org., 203-888-3903: New exhibit for month of June, oil pastels, pencils and acrylics works of Michael A. Flynn in lobby. Library hours: Tues.-Wed., 9-8; Thurs., 9-5:30; Fri., 9-5.

*Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y., katonahlibrary.org, 914-232-3508.  Art, Bubbles & Brunch: 20th annual Student Art Exhibit, through June 30, Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Recent work from students, ranging in ages from two to adult; variety of mediums including oil paintings, watercolors, pastel, acrylics, stone and clay sculpture, pottery, fused glass and jewelry. Teen and adult work on display in Garden Room, children’s works up through age 12 in Meeting Room. Some work available for purchase. Free brunch, live music and refreshments. Non-alcoholic beverages available. Info: Katonah Art Center at 914-232-4843 or katonahartcenter.com

Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800. Reopening of MakerSpace, Sat., June 17, 10 a.m., temporary home on second floor balcony, marking fifth year, introduction to 3D printers, CNC routers, virtual reality, soldering, sewing with machines and new video game cabinet, tours until 2:30. Godzilla Day, June 17, screening of Godzilla (1954) and then King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) at 11 a.m. Author and Staples High School English teacher Brian Solomon to speak on his book, Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of the Monsters, 1 p.m. Sculpting own Godzilla with Chris Crowe, 2:30-4:30, new MakerSpace. On display: Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: Leona Frank: iDraw!, through June 28.  Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs, through Aug. 31.

Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3155, 203-256-3160. Two Paths Through the Woods, drawings of Dan Long of Westport and photographs of MaryEllen Hendricks of Westport, through July 30, Kershner Gallery; reception Sat., June 10, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., artists to talk about their work at 5:30.

Jane Austen: Insight and Influences exhibition, through Aug. 27, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; pequotlibrary.org; 203-259-0346. On view: early 20th editions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, 19th Century illustrations by Hugh Thomson, contemporary adaptations of Austen’s work; interactive composition wall.

HISTORICAL

Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place (across from Town Hall), 203-222-1424, Westporthistory.org. More Birds, More Joy! Tips to Make Your Yard a Backyard Bird Haven, with Chris Petherick of Wild Birds Unlimited in Fairfield, June 21, 7-8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. Reg. required.

* Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), 203-762-7257: period rooms in the Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House; Betts Store, offering American-made items, from fine art to jewelry, books to redware, toys and more;  gift shop; Wed.-Sat., 10-4. Ongoing exhibit: Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons & the Battle over Isolationism; a gallery “Walk and Talk” with guest curator Dr. Matthew Warshauer, no charge, refreshments served. Also: Farm Team: 50 Years of Wilton Baseball, through Oct. 1.

New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, open Tues-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat. 9:30-12:30; 203-966-1776, nchistory.org. Exhibits: Art America — 160 Years in the Making, featuring 50 works of art representing major styles subjects and art colonies in America from over nearly two centuries. Throughout the exhibit are mannequins viewing a piece of art dressed in attire of that period of time. Doughty Bird Collection, fine bone china models of American Birds from famed artist Dorothy Doughty. From Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, works by impressionist and mural painter.

Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane, in 275-year-old David Scott House, ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, 203-438-5821, hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 1-5 p.m.

Norwalk Historical Society, new exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, opening with wine and cheese reception at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk, Portraits, still-lifes, scenes of working life and nature, capturing aspects and insights about Norwalk through ages; WPA era art from Silvermine Art Guild. Info: norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

Greenwich Historical Society, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4 (docent led tours at 1, 2 and 3); 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or www.greenwichhistory.org; adm. to gallery, visitor ctr. & house museum, $10/adults, $8/srs. and students, members and under 6 free ; group tours at $7/person avail. on public and non-public days; library and archives open Wed., 10-4 and by appt., adm. offices open Mon.-Fri., 9-5; gallery hours Wed.-Sun., 12-4. Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play and tours of Bush-Holley House at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Jim and Jane Henson exhibit, through Oct. 8, Storehouse Gallery.

* Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk; art programs, Junior Ranger activities, visitor center, museum store, historic house and studios; open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 (May 1-Oct. 31); Weir House Tours, offered Wed.-Sun. at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (through Oct. 31), reg. required; group tours and field trips offered, reg. required. Visiting artist’s free exhibition, Photo Ceramics by Xiomaro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club, on display at visitor center and museum store through Oct. 31; 22 photographs fused on black ceramic tiles.

Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, fairfield.edu, 203-259-1598: Celebrating Fairfield’s 75th Anniversary: A Proud Past, An Amazing Future, exhibit with photos and memorabilia reflecting Fairfield University’s origins and ongoing mission; open 10-4 daily, through June 30.

* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or darienhistorical.org: Tues.-Thur., noon to 5, and Sun., noon to 3. Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century, five decades of fashion with designer outfits from 1940s-1990s, through August, $5 donation suggested.

Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury; Wed.-Fri., 9-4 Sat., 10-4, guided tours on Sat. only; research visits by appt. only; 203-743-5200 or danburymuseum.org. The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call. Historical imagery of all kinds on display; parades, war bond rallies, soldiers and other period images; letters; posters and memorabilia. Special events: World War I Film Series in conjunction with Danbury Library; WWI Recipe Potluck Dinner in October and A Night of Poetry in November; exhibit runs through Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Rd.; stamfordhistory.org or 203-329-1183; open to visitors Thurs.-Sat., 11-4.

* John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Rte. 22, Katonah, N.Y.; 914-232-5651 or www.johnjayhomestead.org: guided tours offered Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 11-4; $7/adults, $5/srs., students, free up to age 12.

Historic Hudson Valley’s National Historic Landmarks, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Phillipsburg Manor open for public tours; Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers, open; Union Church of Pocantico Hills open; and Van Cortlandt Manor opens on June 30; tour deals, times, ticket info: hudsonvalley.org/historic sites.

MUSEUMS

Contemporary figurative painter, Sherri Wolfgang’s work in solo exhibition, Housatonic Museum  of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, through July 31. Westport artist described as “serious mid-career Contemporary Renaissance figurative oil painter. Opening reception June 15, 5:30-8 p.m. Free adm. Info: www2.housatonic.edu/artmuseum, 203-332-5052.

* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5;  open Mon. for most school holidays, plus school and homeschool groups with a reservation; museum and planetarium, $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students, free under 2; Challenger Learning Center, simulated space missions for groups 15-30, res. required (schools, scouts, corporate team building, birthday parties); scout science badge classes; exhibits and daily Planetarium shows; weekend workshops. STEM Night Out: Perfect Pairings, benefit for science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning programs at Discovery Museum, Sat., June 17, 6-9 p.m.

* The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, open Sun., 12-5; Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 10-5; $10/adults and $5/srs.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free adm. third Saturdays; 258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519, aldrichart.org. Tony Matelli: Figure, through Oct. 22. Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past; Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right; Kay Rosen: H Is for House; William Powhida: After the Contemporary; through Sept. 4.

Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Gallery, 1073 North Benson Rd.; Michael Gallagher – Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal, through Sept. 8, details: Fairfield.edu. Walsh Art Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, quickcenter.com or 1-877-ARTS-396.

* Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-5485 or keelertavernmuseum.org; open 1-4 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Wed., last tour at 3:30; museum closed in January; through Dec. 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history.

* Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., behind the old Town Hall; open daily, 10-4; research library open Tues.-Fri.,10-4; adults, $5, students w/ ID, $3, children 5 and under, free; info., fairfieldhs.org or 203-259-1598: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s, through Sept. 17.

* Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk;  open Tues.-Sun., 10-5; $15/person (under 1, free), srs. (over 62), $10; steppingstonesmuseum.org or 203-899-0606: Energy Lab; Tot Town; Healthyville, learn about your body and how to keep it healthy; Build It!, learning about architectural design and construction; art studio and science lab; ColorCoaster; Light Gallery; My Sky, created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; café and gift shop. Express Yourself, focusing on social-emotional learning. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, June 16, 5-8:30 p.m., three half-hour storytimes; watching caterpillar “eat lots of colorful food on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.” Kids can come in pajamas; after story, storybook character visits kids; hands-on themed activities. Father’s Day, June 18, free adm. for dads. Summer of free adm. for active-duty military personnel and their families. Stories Summer Camp starts June 19.

Southwestern Connecticut Scouting Heritage Museum and Eric Johnson Memorial Library, 60 Wellington Rd., Milford; open Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free adm.; info., 203-556-4097 or email footdoc7777@gmail.com.

* EverWonder Children’s Museum (incorporated as Newtown Children’s Museum, Inc.), 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown;  open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, and Sun., 11-5, everwondermuseum.org: hands-on exhibits and demonstrations; adm. $7 for ages one and older. Story Lab for Young Explorers Tues. and Thurs., 10:30-11 a.m. New Art Lab projects, Straw Logic Puzzles and Life Cycle Crowns. EverWonder has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration that offers free adm. to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

* Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury; 203-778-8337; danburyrail.org:  adm. $6 per person, age 3 and up; Train Rides $3 extra (weekends April-Nov.); call for special events adm. rates; winter hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-4, Sun., 12-4; (summer hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5); tour vintage equipment such as 1907 steam engine, 1910 Railway Post Office car, 1973 caboose, 1953 Rail Diesel Car; vintage diesels on display.

Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport; 203-331-1104 x100 or visit barnum-museum.org: Recovery in Action, Thur.-Fri., 11-3, free adm., enter through double doors at rear of historic building.

Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven; Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5, britishart.yale.edu or 203-432-2800 or britishart.yale.edu: Britain in the World, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, new David Friend Hall, gem and mineral gallery; open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adults $13, srs. $9, children 3-18, $6; 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven; peabody.yale.edu or 203-432-5050.

Yale Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven; free adm., Tues.-Fri., 10-5, Sat.-Sun., 11-5; artgallery.yale.edu or 203-432-0600: It Was A New Century: Reflections on Modern America, through June 4.

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, http://newhavenmuseum.org, Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum, 203-562-4183. In the Spirit of the People: James Monroe’s 1817 Tour of the Northern States, through June 24. Road Trip! exhibition, through Sept. 1, includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, American Diner Museum, and a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. Capitol America, photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, by Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, through June 30.

Pardee-Morris House, one of oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, 325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven. Wed., June 21, 7 p.m., Twilight Concert: Java Groove. New season offers music ranging from classic folk to jazz, presentations on topics ranging from pirates to old-time cocktails, and Sun. afternoons with yoga on lawn, all free. Pardee-Morris House, which dates from about 1780, open for tours Sun. noon-4, through Aug. 27. Info: newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar or 203-562-4183.

The Glass House, 199 Elm St., New Canaan, open for tours Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon., $25 one hour, $50 two hours weekdays, $60 weekends; info: theglasshouse.org, 866-811-4111. Architect Thomas Phifer and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger in talk, June 15, 5:30-8 p.m.

*Katonah Museum of Art, open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun. 12-5;  adm. $10; srs. (60+) and students, $5; under 12/free; Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9555, katonahmuseum.org: Family Day: School’s Out/Art’s In, drop-in program, June 20-23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Family Day: Wonderful Weaving, Sun., July 23, noon-4. Movement, yarn, and “up-cycled” materials woven together in celebration of rug-inspired crafts. Interactive demonstration by artist Constance Old, create woven and hooked art pieces, and participate in collaborative dance with rhythmic motion of weaving led by choreographer and dancer, Maria Colaco, free.  Info: katonahmuseum.org or: 914-232-9555. Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy, through June 25.

Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, N.Y., hammondmuseum.org, 914-669-5033; hours: Wed.-Sat., 12-4 p.m. Outdoors museum partnered with 14 Sculptors, Inc. for To Sit or Not to Sit, through Oct. 28.

Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y. (Westchester); 914-251-6100

neuberger.org, hours: Tues., Thurs.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Wed., noon-8 p.m. (Closed Mon. and Labor Day, Christmas and MLK Day to Memorial Day). Current exhibitions by Leandro Erlich and Fred Wilson on view. When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, ongoing. Adm. $5, general public, $3 seniors 62+, $3 students, children 12/under free; group tours by appointment only on Tues.-Fri., 10-noon; guided tours. Family Day, Sat., June 17, 1-4 p.m. Summer Solstice Latin Jazz Concert, June 21, 6-8 p.m.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden; open Wed., 10-4, Thur., 10-7, Fri.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 1-5; info., ighm.org.

Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St., New Haven; open 10-5 daily, free adm.; info., 203-865-0400 or visit kofcmuseum.org.

NATURE/SCIENCE

* The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (till 6 in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); $22.95 adults, $20.95, youth (13-17) & seniors, $15.95 children 3-12 (incl. a film at IMAX theater; see Film listing); sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species; Marine Lab, Ocean Playspace for toddlers, seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. daily; Meerkats, special exhibit. Jiggle A Jelly, touch-a-jellyfish exhibit, weekends (daily July & August). TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m. and Sunset Cruise each Sat. at 7,  $29.95 ($19.95 members), adv. reg. Flamingos exhibit, through Labor Day. Central Long Island Cruise, June 17, 10 a.m., $70 ($60 members). Opening June 17, Journey with Jellies offers new permanent displays of local and exotic species of jellies – “the most of any aquarium in the region.” Maritime with a Twist, June 22, 6-8 p.m., adults-only evening of food, drinks, music, exhibits; tickets $50 ($45 for members), with proceeds going to aquarium, at door or adv. at maritimeaquarium.org or 203-852-0700, x2206.

* Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Thur., 9-4; Fri.-Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: ongoing exhibits.

* New Pond Farm, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding; info: 203-938-2117 or info@newpondfarm.org.

* Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford; Mon.-Fri., 9-5, Sat., 10-5; info., 203-322-6971 or bartlettarboretum.org.

* Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport; open Mon.-Sat., 9-5, Sun., 1-4 (closed major holidays); adm. $7/adults, $5/ages 1-12 & srs.; free adm. to trails and property, daily 7 a.m.-dusk; interactive nature museum, live wildlife, family program on Sat.; 203-227-7253; earthplace.org.

* Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd.; adm. $5/adults, $3/children, srs.; greenwich.audubon.org or 203-869-5272: Kiernan Hall Nature Arts Gallery, in the Kimberlin Nature Education Center, open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset (occasionally closed until 9 a.m., Sept. into Jan. for land management); Oppenheimer Gallery: Masterpieces of Botanical Art and Audubon’s Birds of Prey.

* New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge (Rte. 124); 203-966-9577 (for New York Botanical Garden program reg., call 1-800-322-6924): Saturday Videos, family program every Sat. at 2; Saturday Live Animal Demonstrations, every Sat. at 3. Center open Mon.-Sat., 9-4, Sun., 9-1; grounds open dawn to dusk daily.

* Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Mon.-Sat., holidays, 9-5, Sun., 11-5; non-res. adults $10, srs. $8, students (18+ w/ID) $6, children 4-17, $5, age 3 and younger, free; 203-977-6521 or stamfordmuseum.org.

* Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk; adm. $15/adults and children (under 1, free), $10/srs.; family memberships avail. Get Into It! FREE on the first Thurs. of the month, 5-8 p.m.; open Tues.-Sun., 10-5 (also open Mon., Memorial Day through Labor Day); numerous hands-on ongoing and visiting exhibits and events; steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

* Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; adm. $2/adults, $1/children; 203-259-6305 x109 or ctaudubon.org: 155-acre wildlife sanctuary, 7 miles of trails through woodlands, streams, meadows, marshes, ponds, open daily dawn to dusk; Birds of Prey compound; nature center w/exhibits and Nature Store, open Mon.-Sat., 10-3.

* Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; generally animals of the Americas; Tropics building (open 10:30-3:30); carousel; cafe and gift shop; open daily 9-4; adults $14, children 3-11 and seniors, $11, under 3, free; beardsleyzoo.org. Rare Amur tiger named Changbai makes appearance. Zoo Tots, June 13-14. Zoo Past & Present Photography Contest, June 15. Father’s Day, June 18, dads and grandads free adm. with paying guests. Evening Lecture Series: The Bear Reality, June 21, 7 p.m. AARP Free Fridays through Sept. 29.

Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adm. $9, $8/srs., $5/children 3-18; 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven; info., 203-432-5050 or peabody.yale.edu.

GALLERIES, ETC.

Rockwell Art Gallery, 151 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton presents Light and Atmosphere exhibit by Wilton artist Dorothy Hyde; on view through July 31. Info: 203-762-8311.

Charity art show benefiting Global Lyme Alliance at River Road Gallery, featuring photography of Ron Landis, Larry Silver and Nash Hyon, through June 21, 21 River Road, Wilton; Shadows of Lyme Disease, a book, photo essay written by Landis, chronicles his fight with Lyme disease; info: 203-762-3887; hours: Mon.-Fri., 10-6, Sat., 10-5.

Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, N.Y.; thelionheartgallery.com or 914-764-8689: Postscript, new exhibit through July 2, works by painter and printmaker Karen Vogel of Darien, with studio in Norwalk.

Sidewalk Gallery at Press Proof Studio, Inc. in Norwalk where art is hung on curved corner of South Main Street and Haviland; meant to be viewed from public sidewalk.

Art of Feast of Art group show, through June 25, The Silo, 44 Upland Rd., New Milford (cooking school and art gallery); works by Jack Rosenberg, Elizabeth McDonald, Ann Mallory and Judy Jackson; details: thesiloct.org, 860-355-0300.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Rd., Darien, hours: Tues.-Sat., 9:30-5 p.m., gearygallery.com. 203-655-6633: Poetry on Canvas, featuring contemporary realist paintings of East Hampton, N.Y. artist, Carl Scorza, through June 30.

*activities for children