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Once again, the Actors Equity Association will be offering its member’s talents to Connecticut Free Shakespeare but with a twist! There will be a free showing of the Three Musketeers at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut this weekend and next. There will be a preview this Thursday evening, July 21st  at 8pm, with performances Friday through Sunday, July 22nd-July24th at 8pm and Wednesday through Sunday, July 27th-July 31st at 8pm.

I think this is a wonderful variation on Shakespeare in the park: Dumas at the zoo! Come bring your picnic dinner starting at 6:30pm to find a good seat and settle in for an evening of adventure and excitement! I’ll be bringing my blanket and a couple of sandwiches to enjoy the show! So come out because it’s free fun!

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"Rooftops of Burlington, VT" by Andew Mullen

The Ferguson Library, located in Stamford, Connecticut, with help from the Stamford Art Association, opened it’s Black and White and Shades of Grey exhibit July 14th. It will be open until October 6th and is on display in the main library.

The exhibit was juried by Tatiana Mori, curator for The Greenwich Arts Council in Greenwich, Connecticut and it is the fourth installment in the ongoing ‘Art at the Ferguson’ series, curated in cooperation with the Stamford Art Association. It will display works of forty artists, including Andrew Mullen, an artist, writer, and illustrator living in Black Rock, Connecticut. Library hours are  Monday through Thursday 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, Friday 11am to 2pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm and the exhibit is open to the public.

Please come out to see the beautiful works of local artists for free!

Christo and Jean-Claude

This weekend there are lots of things to do! Sunday, July 10th from 4pm-6pm: the opening of the Marine & Coastal Art Exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center. This exhibit also gives you a taste of the sandy shores and not only lets you peruse fabulous local art, you may even be able to afford to take it home with you.

Another exciting free spot is the Westport Arts Center (WAC) which is open to the public seven days a week and right now they are exhibiting plans for two works in progress by the internationally acclaimed Christo and Jean-Claude. The exhibit will give a close look at Over the River, in which the Arkansas River in Colorado will become covered with silvery cloth. Christo will be funding this installation himself by selling his works to private collectors and galleries. His concurrent project, The Mastaba, will be 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels secured to an inner structure in the United Arab Emirates, 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of the city of Abu Dhabi, near the oasis of Liwa.

This is a beautiful and unique experience that these local institutions have given Connecticut and I hope you all are able to get out there and enjoy it.

Christopher Brown, 'Arrival' 2009

When I write these posts I try to show my readers something that I think I would like to do, not whatever is just around and free. It has to be great, fun and exciting. That’s why, even though I haven’t been to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (YET!), I want to talk about it because a venue like this is exciting to me and I can’t wait to know more about it and visit it for myself.

The CCP is located in Norwalk, CT and is open to the public for free 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sundays. They have noted on their site that they have extended hours for their studios on Wednesdays, but that you have to call ahead to confirm. I like that they’re open earlier than most galleries and museums because I can make a visit before going into work or on a weekend.

Recently, the CCP has opened their current exhibit, “Printed by Master Printers”, with over 60 prints on displays and it features work from such greats like Chuck Close and Jasper Johns. But the really cool thing is that this exhibition is a collaboration of 35 different workshops that are located all across the U.S and nearly every one has leant at least two prints for this exhibit.

“It is rare to see such a comprehensive collection of contemporary prints by internationally known artists in one place,” said Anthony Kirk, artistic director and masterprinter at CCP. “It is a first for CCP, and perhaps for Connecticut” Mr. Kirk and Susan Rubin curated the exhibition.

This is an exhibition that I can get excited over and I hope you can, too. And of course, as always, it’s free!

I can’t think of a better way to spend your Saturday morning than in the middle of a space filled with beautiful pieces of contemporary artwork moving through a relaxing and therapeutic vinyasa. Right now the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is offering free yoga classes for all levels 10:30am-11:30am Saturdays.

Come early with your mat because space is limited! Only 20 participants per session. For more information visit http://www.aldrichart.org/events/?id=930.

"Untitled Film Still", 1979Did you know that many of those art venues right around the corner are open to the public for free on Tuesdays?

The Bruce Museum, located in Greenwich, CT, is currently featuring works from celebrated artist, Cindy Sherman is on view from January 29 through April 23 is the main gallery. If you enter the main gallery and veer to the right, you will find yourself in the science exhibit with rocks and minerals, bird and mammal mounts and butterflies. Even more exciting is the touch tank in the Seaside Center where visitors can explore animals like starfish and a horseshoe crab.

Our friends to the north can visit the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT.  It is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the States that feature the work of up-and-coming artists. Its own architecture is itself a piece of art and often allows the viewer a unique experience of some of the beautiful pieces that it houses. Among other fascinating work that is currently on view is that of Timothy White, whose photographs take an unexpected and candid look at some of the great celebrities of our time, including Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.

So treat yourself to an afternoon at these fantastic spots right next door. And remember: Tuesdays are on them.

http://brucemuseum.org/

http://www.aldrichart.org/