Date - May 22, 2016
2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT, 06830-7157
Cultural Pursuit members and their guests are invited to join me for a visit to the Bruce Museum to see their exhibition Electric Paris. Also on view will be Electricity, and Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art. After our visit, those who are interested can head outdoors to take in the Outdoor Crafts Festival on the grounds of the Museum.
Before our visit, members are invited to join me for brunch at 12:00pm at Bistro V, (also known as Bistro Versailles) on nearby Greenwich Avenue. More information about the dining portion is below.
Museum cost for Adults is $7.00, Seniors (65 & up) $6.00 (payable at Bruce Admissions), Museum members are Free.
Crafts Festival Admission Cost is $8, Museum members and children under 5 are free.
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From the website: brucemuseum.org
May 14, 2016 – September 4, 2016
Paris had been known as “The City of Light” long before the widespread use of gaslight and electricity. The name arose during the Enlightenment, when philosophers made Paris a center of ideas and of metaphorical illumination. By the mid-nineteenth century, the epithet became associated with the city’s adoption of artificial lighting: in the 1840s and 1850s, gas lamps were first installed, while electric versions began to proliferate by the end of the 1870s. Even as rivals, including Berlin, London, New York and Chicago, increased the quantity of light in their rapidly electrified cities, Paris managed to maintain its reputation because of the beauty of its illuminations. Light remained and remains to this day a key signature of the French capital.
Electric Paris will feature approximately 50 works––paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings––by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles Marville, Jean Béraud, James Tissot, Childe Hassam, Charles Courtney Curran, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast, among others.
May 14 – November 6, 2016
Developed by the The Franklin Institute, Electricity brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging interactives including Plasma Tubes, Jumping Rings, Solenoid, and Jacob’s Ladder. Visitors will learn the fundamental principles behind electricity such as magnetic fields, electric charges, and battery technology. Sparks will fly (safely) as museum-goers examine concepts such as static electricity, attraction and repulsion, sparking, magnetic motion.
WILD READING: ANIMALS IN CHILDREN’S BOOK ART
March 26 – July 3, 2016
Enjoy an adventure into the world of animals and explore their portrayal in children’s book art. Through contemporary and historic illustrations, visitors will immerse themselves in the colorful lives of wild animals — both realistic and exaggerated. A highlight of this exhibition will be the taxidermy examples from the Bruce Museum’s natural history collection, which will be paired with their illustrated counterparts. Comparisons drawn between the illustrations and specimens address the characteristics that make each animal unique and the artistic techniques utilized to emphasize these features.
OUTDOOR CRAFTS FESTIVAL
May 21-22, 2016
Each year the Bruce Museum sponsors the Crafts Festival in May, regularly held one week before Memorial Day, featuring original work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country. All artists and craftspeople are present throughout the entire weekend and all works are for sale. Hours are 10am-5pm each day. Admission is $8 per person, there is no charge for Bruce Museum members and children under 5 years of age.
BISTRO V, 339 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT
12:00pm Members Brunch
Located on bustling Greenwich Avenue, this charming neighborhood bistro began its story in 1980, introducing its guests to hearty French Bistro fare, casual while elegantly presented. In 2014, restaurateurs Marc and Evelyne Penvenne who hail from the Bretagne region of France, and who own the popular Méli-Mélo Crêperie, Juice Bar and Catering business across the street, took over this iconic destination and re-introduced customers to a refreshed and more contemporary style of a French bistro and bakery.
The casual charm of this neighborhood restaurant and café remain, while the tradition and quality of Bistro V’s hearty French fare and freshly baked pastries, tarts and cakes has been heightened under the direction of Executive Chef Cedric Lamouille.