The New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. Open Tues-Friday 9:30-4:30, Sat. 9:30-12:30. Info: nchistory.org. Heidi Lewis-Coleman and Kathy Draper of the Silvermine Art Center display their paintings Aug. 25 through Sept. 15. All art is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Historical Society.
A Century of Style: 1860 – 1960, Aug. 25 through Oct. 6, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. Info: call 203-762-7257.
Olga Klymk exhibit, Aug. 26 through Sept. 30, Sidewalk Gallery, 18 South Main St., Norwalk. The exhibit will feature the artist’s watercolor paintings.
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Info: www.rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863.
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. 10-3 and Sundays 1-5 p.m.; carriagebarn.org, 203-972-1895.
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.
Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5 p.m. Info: rowaytonarts.org.
The Sublime Wavelength George Chaplin: Paintings and Pastels, Oct. 14 through Nov. 10, Silvermine Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Info: silvermineart.org.
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647, milfordarts.org; Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m., special Sat. hours, noon-2 p.m.
Loft Artists Association, 575 Pacific St., Stamford. Info: loftartists.org.
Cocktails and Canvas, Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m., Weston Arts Center, Lachat Town Farm, 106 Godfrey Rd., Weston. WestonArts Open Studio Tour, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Info: westonarts.org.
The Real Unreal: Realism Now, Sept. 1 through Oct. 14, Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. Free. Info: wcsu.edu/svpa/events/
* The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, open Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri., 12-5; and 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. Contemporary Social Series will be highlighting Connecticut’s local food and spirits scene. Contemporary Socials, Nov. 2. The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects, through Jan. 13, 2019. It is a meta-group exhibition in five chapters — organized by five curators, including more than seventy artists — that will feature tabletop art objects from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The experience could be likened to theatre, as viewers encounter objects that interact with each other, their audience, their setting, forging relationships to be examined and meanings to be discovered in their adventurous methods of display. The chapters include Objects Like Us, Kitchen Arrangement, On Edge, ALMOST EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE and Handheld. Aldrich Undercover art sale, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.
*The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich; brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376: $7/adults, $6/students and seniors, free/under 5, free adm. for all on Tuesdays; every Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition Tour; Marine Tank Animal Feeding, every Tues. and Fri., 2:30-2:45 p.m. Wild Bees: Photographs by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman, through Nov. 11. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org. National Geographic Photo Ark, through Sept. 2. A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Tradition, through Nov. 25. ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, Sept. 22 through Dec. 30.
* The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discouverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521; Tues.-Sun., 10-5; open Mon. for summer, 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. Summer STEM programs; reg. still open. Origami Interpretations, through November.
*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., fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598.
#UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists, through Oct. 13, Fairfield University Art Museum, 200 Barlow Rd., Fairfield. Mizusashi: Japanese Water Jars from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection, through Dec. 14. Info: fairfield.edu/museum.
Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, www2.housatonic.edu/artmuseum, 203-332-5052.
*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: 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. New Mega Making exhibit. Tickets $40 members, $45 non-members.Sabor Together, Sept. 23, noon-5 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food, music, dance and more.
* EverWonder Children’s Museum, 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.
* 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., 10-4, 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. Museum’s Pennsylvania Railroad circa-1910 Railway Post Office (RPO) car fully-restored.
*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.
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.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, new David Friend Hall, gem and mineral gallery; open Tues.-Sat., 10-5, Sun., 12-5; adults $13, seniors. $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.
Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, N.Y., hammondmuseum.org, 914-669-5033; hours: Wed.-Sat., 12-4 p.m.
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). 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.
Daryl Hawk: Distant Journeys, Sept. 7 through Oct. 5, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Fifty of Hawk’s favorite images from North, Central and South America, Cuba, Patagonia, the Arctic, Antarctica, India, Ladakh, Bhutan, New Zealand will be on display. Opening reception, Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Info: darylhawk.com.
Harvest: DHS Class Reunion on 1973 exhibit, through Aug. 25, Darien Library, 1441 Old Post Rd., Darien. Info: darienlibrary.org.
Surf and Turf, through Sept. 4, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Stratford’s FranCesca Winfield’s art will be displayed. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.
Garden Menagerie, through Aug. 25, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. The exhibit features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of 19th-century books and poetry in Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Info: prequotlibrary.org.
Reconstructions, through Sept. 15, Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. The exhibit displays paintings by Karen Neems, Cherril Kolesik and Philip Eras. Info: call 203-256-3155.
Organic Explorations, through Sept. 23, Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., New Canaan. Featuring art by Heide Follin and Ellen Schiffman. Info: newcanaanlibrary.org.
Karen Spencer exhibit, through Sept. 30, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: norwalkpl.org.
Annual Wilton Artists’ Summer Show Exhibition, through Aug. 28, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. The exhibition celebrates more than 50 Wilton artists displaying diverse styles, media, and subjects. Info: wiltonlibrary.org.
Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Pl. Westport. Info: westporthistory.org. The History of Westport in 100 Objects, through April 2019, a year-long exhibit showcasing the history of the town over a few hundred years from first settlement to the present.
The New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan.Open Tues-Friday 9:30-4:30, Sat. 9:30-12:30. Info: nchistory.org. Heidi Lewis-Coleman and Kathy Draper of the Silvermine Art Center display their paintings Aug. 25 through Sept. 15. All art is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Historical Society. New Canaan Rendered: Architectural Sketches by Mark Markiewicz on exhibit at the Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park, Friday-Sunday, 11 am -3 pm, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2. Hours can vary so call the Historical Society to confirm. Opening reception Sept. 14, 5 – 7 pm, please RSVP by contacting the Historical Society. Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan, Sept. 28 through Dec. 9.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, lockwoodmathewsmansion.org, 203-838-9799. Museum open Wed. through Sun. from early April to early January, noon-4 p.m. Tours Wed.-Sun., at noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m. Adm. adults $10 (45 min.), $20 (90 min.); seniors (62+) $8 (45 min.), $18 (90 min.); students (8-18) $6 (45 min.), $16 (90 min.); free for under 8 and members.
*Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, (Rt 7), 203-762-7257: New permanent exhibit “Connecticut’s History, Wilton’s Story what do jazz great Dave Brubeck, Raggedy Ann, blues musician Lead Belly, Impressionist J. Alden Weir and soccer Olympian Kristine Lilly have in common? Through artifacts and objects, learn about their Wilton roots and connections, and how the town evolved from Colonial times to the present. Period rooms in the 1740 Betts House and 1774 Fitch House; c 1860 Abbott Barn’s tool collection; toy collection. Currently showing: History Is Here! Recent Acquisitions 2012-2017 now through Oct 6, and A Century of Style: Women’s Fashions 1860 – 1960, Aug 25 – Oct 6. Colonial Herb Garden. Betts Store Museum Shop with American-made home accessories, books, toys, puzzles and more. Tues – Sat, 10-4.
* 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; 31; $8/adults, $5/srs., youth under 18 and students w/ID; 300 years of Ridgefield history. At Home with the Gilberts.
Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Ave., Norwalk, norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, 203-846-0525. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.; adm $5 adults, $3 seniors and students (ages 6-22), 5/under free. Exhibits: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play and Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from South, 1940-1970. Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art Exhibit at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk.
* Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North; 203-655-9233 or darienhistorical.org: Tues.-Thur., noon to 5, and Sun., noon to 3. Tickets exhibit non-members $5, lectures $5 for members, $20 non-members. Treasures of the Costume Collection, through September.
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.
* 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 (through 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.
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.
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.
* 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 open; tour deals, times, ticket info: hudsonvalley.org/historic sites.
*The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org; open daily, 10-5 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas); 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. Fish Tales for preschoolers, Fri., 10:15-11 a.m. One exhibit and daytime IMAX included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org. Just Add Water exhibit features animals from the desert and rainforest, opened Aug. 3.
* 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. Exquisite Miniatures By Wes And Rachelle Siegrist, through Jan. 1, 2019
* Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Rd.; free adm. Mon.-Thur., 9-4; Fri.-Sat., 9-1; 203-655-7459: ongoing exhibits.
* New Pond Farm Education Center, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding; info: 203-938-2117 or email@example.com.
* 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.
* 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.
Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby; open Tues.-Sat., 9-4:30 p.m. at no charge. Info: ct.gov/deep/kellogg
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.
Stamford and the LAA, Aug. 23, 1 University Place, Stamford. Opening reception, Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info: loftartists.org.
In the Bag, Sept. 8-30, Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose St., Newtown. The exhibit traces the beginnings of the Reusable Bag Movement and presents the growth of creative alternatives to plastic.
Waterkolours, Sept. 22-23, School of Visual and Performing Arts, 43 Lake Ave., Danbury. The exhibit will display works by Woodrow Nash. Info: hordfoundation.org.
Transitions, Aug. 29 through Sept. 30, Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. The exhibit will display works by Florence Zolan and Sandra Meagher. Info: artplacegallery.org.
Gail Bell exhibit, through Aug. 31, Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. The paintings feature properties owned by the Aspetuck Land Trust.
Newton Roux Gallery, through Oct. 25, 14 Elm Street, 2nd Floor in Bedford Square, Westport. Opening reception Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m. Info: newtonroux.com.
Abstract Watercolor Impressions: Animals, through Aug. 28, Gilded Lily Gallery, 101 River St., Milford. The exhibit features works by Donna Atwood. Info: gildedlilygallery.com.
Yesterday and Today, through Sept. 7, Mayor’s Gallery, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford. The gallery is on the 10th floor. The exhibit features pieces by Ken Delmar.
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Vicious Throbbing Heart: Animating Desire in Abstract Painting, through Sept. 9, Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin St., Stamford.
A Reverence For Nature, through Sept. 28, City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water St., Norwalk. Info: norwalkpark.org/public-art.
Expression in Color, through Sept. 1,151 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. The exhibit will run in celebration of Mental Health Awareness month, featuring works by Kathryn Fitzgerald.
Art Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Info: artplacegallery.org.
Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport. Info: schelfhaudtgallery.com or call 203-578-4034. Gallery hours Mon.-Friday, 11- 4, and Sat., 12-4.
Franklin Street Works Exhibition, Franklin Street Works, Franklin St., Stamford. Info: call 203-595-5211.
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Accessible Art Series at various locations; info., artswesternct.org or 203-798-0760.