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Nelson Augustus Moore, A Country Romance, 1865. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in., Collection of Todd and Marenda Stitzer

Nelson Augustus Moore
Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky
Sept. 20, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015
Opening Reception
2-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Nelson Augustus Moore’s exquisitely beautiful 19th-century paintings of the Connecticut landscape reveal the mastery of this Kensington artist.

During the 19th century, photography was positioned to compete with the efficacy of naturalistic painting. Nelson Augustus Moore (1824–1902) embraced both mediums to capture his beloved hometown of Kensington, Connecticut, where the Moore family lived and flourished for many generations. Beginning September 20, the NBMAA will feature oil paintings and photographs in the exhibition Nelson Augustus Moore: Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky.

The paintings on display have been generously loaned by Todd and Marenda Stitzer. As they explain, "Our home in Kensington—Hillside Cottage—sits near the top of Mooreland Hill on land once owned by the Moores. Little did we know when we purchased our home that Nelson Augustus Moore was a member of this illustrious family or that he painted the very views we see from our windows. Once we made the connection, we immediately decided to bring the best of Moore's work home to Kensington where they were created. The paintings in the exhibition are the result.”

Born in Kensington in 1824, Moore studied art in New York City and later returned to open the first commercial daguerreotype business in the state with his brother. Throughout his life, Moore continued to paint idyllic landscapes of New York and New England. The paintings will be presented alongside four of Moore’s photographs of Kensington from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as contemporary images of the vistas Moore depicted.


An image from John O'Donnell's Psychedelic Pantry.

 

New Media: John O'Donnell
Sept. 6, 2014–Feb. 8, 2015
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Artist Remarks at 2:30 p.m.
ARTIST PERFORMANCE
8-11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
@ Museum After Dark

Psychedelic Pantry, a new media installation created by John O’Donnell, points to moments of everyday life while highlighting the bazaar and mysterious moments we often overlook while shuffling to the toaster or coffee maker in the morning.

Appearing as a simple representation of a kitchen area or pantry, further inspection reveals there is more happening than food storage. Psychedelic Pantry is a New Media installation that reveals moments of constructed metaphysical awareness to reveal hallucinatory or surreal sensation, playing on ideas of peripheral vision and imagined movement. The aesthetic is informed by the combination of rather mundane objects typically found in a kitchen and psychedelic imagery. This installation intends to move past the typical category of drug induced awareness and speak about the potential of common items and commercial packaging to inform a heightened experience. Inspired by the brightly colored packaging of cereal boxes and other common snacks, this installation calls our attention to the hypnotic, and often times annoying, design of food items packaging. This is also a reference to the growing number of artificial additives that are found in a large portion of the food for sale in a grocery store and ultimately brought home for temporary storage before consumption.

O’Donnell, who lives and works in Connecticut, is a multidisciplinary artist and has created performance pieces for the Museum of New Art in Detroit, Proof Gallery in Boston, Flux Space in Philadelphia, and SOHO20 Gallery in New York City.



Kathleen’s Twilit House (2013), Winner of Viewers’ Choice Award! Oil on panel, 18 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Nor’Easter: The 45th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
Sunday, Jan. 10–Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Opening Reception
1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Submissions begin: Aug. 4, 2014
Deadline for Submissions: Nov. 14, 2014

Helpful Links:
How to Photograph Your Artwork
How to Pack Your Artwork for Shipping

Open to NBMAA members 18 years and older, this year’s exhibition will be juried by Sharon Butler, author of the influential art blog Two Coats of Paint. The Annual Juried Members Exhibition is a prime opportunity for the Museum to highlight the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media and expose contemporary visual arts to a wide audience.

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Juror’s Award: Upgraded NBMAA Membership to Friend’s Circle Level (includes North American Reciprocal Museum Membership) and NBMAA Blog interview

Visitors’ Choice: NBMAA Blog interview and write-up on the website (Exhibition visitors will be able to vote for their favorite artwork to win the Visitors’ Choice Award via an in-gallery ballot box.)

Once again digital entries (up to three per artist, $10 per entry) will be accepted through CaFÉ, the online application and jury management system, at www.callforentry.org. Professional photographer Craig Norton will be leading three studio workshops to teach applicants how to photograph their artwork. Contact Heather Whitehouse for more information about these special studio workshops at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (860) 229-0257, ext. 203.

Download the flyer for more details or contact Development Associate Jenna Lucas at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For questions regarding artwork guidelines, contact Keith Gervase, Collections Assistant, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 217 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 

 

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