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First Friday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.
$10 for Museum members, $15 Non-members
$3 for beer and wine, soda is free
First Friday features live jazz music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and jazz lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event.

For general inquiries about First Friday please contact the Front Desk at (860) 229-0257.

For sponsorship information please contact the Development Manager at (860) 229-0257, ext. 246.

Dec. 5
Music by Seizure Jazz

The Seizure Jazz Experience was formed 10 years ago by a group of UCONN Health Center faculty and administrators. They have played their swinging jazz rhythms throughout Connecticut, entertaining audiences at private functions, clubs, festivals, universities and the NBMAA with a mix of straight ahead instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, and jazzed‐up pop vocals. Their first instrumental album, “Grand Mal”, has been favorably reviewed, and they are currently in the studio recording a second vocal album. The group is currently composed of Les Bernstein (acoustic bass), Mike Lehouillier (drums), Lenny Paplauskas (saxophones), Ken Price (guitars), Bev St. Onge (vocals) and Tony Voytovich (alto saxophone).

Maker's Market Holiday Edition
Special extended time 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Maker’s Market: Holiday Edition is a large-scale shopping extravaganza with snacks and refreshments to keep you going. Featured will be vendors with wares such as jewelry, house goods, men’s and women’s accessories, and gifts for everyone. The Museum Shop will be bringing back some of our most loved vendors from previous First Fridays and introducing new lines and products as well. Partnering with First Friday you can expect food vendors and the usual party-like atmosphere.

Maker’s Market is a Museum initiative to bring shoppers the best from local artisans and designers. The Museum Shop is dedicated to bringing wares of the highest quality and craft and help promote American made goods. Also Available in the Shop are NBMAA Shop Gift cards, an ideal present for our regular visitors! We aim to provide a unique holiday shopping environment, and help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Participating Artisans:

Gail & Bruce Barton
Sea Glass Designs

We are Bruce and Gail Barton owner of Sea Glass Designs. We spend the winter months living aboard our boat in the northern Bahamas collecting rare sea glass shards. The area is rich in beautiful old sea glass as a result of numerous shipwrecks on the reefs during the early 1800’s.

Our jewelry features old and very rare pieces of sea glass and pottery. We guarantee all our jewelry is made with genuine natural sea glass found by us on the beaches of the Abaco Islands.

All of our jewelry is handcrafted and made with high quality materials. Our creations are found in gift shops, museums and art galleries in both the Bahamas and the US.


Linda Boston
Boston Pot & Tile

Boston Pot and Tile is in the business of custom-sculpted work for site-specific installations.

Linda Boston is an artist and proprietor of Boston Pot and Tile, a studio for art tile, pottery, classes and workshops in Woodbury, CT. Born in Michigan, where she worked as a creative director and art director for marketing and ad agencies, she relocated to New England for a job as Associate Art Director at the Taunton Press. She received a BA with honors from Michigan State University, with some post-graduate work at Center for Creative Studies (Detroit) and Pewabic Pottery. Now a full-time studio clay artist, she is well-served by her marketing background with its objectives to conceptualize and work with clients to realize their goals for installations. She welcomes collaboration. Her process begins with close communication to develop solutions. She embraces the full process, having participated in 5 kiln builds around the country and guest firing while traveling. She has participated in group shows in Harbor Springs, MI, Detroit, MI, Pittsburg, PA, and Wilton, CT.


Susan Cannarella

Beads4Dreams is a jewelry focused non-profit organization founded by Susan Cannarella in December 2008 after a life changing experience in her trip to Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. It began by selling beaded bracelets using loose recycled paper beads. Two years later Beads4Dreams expanded its line and now includes one of a kind necklaces, earrings, rings, watches, cell phone charms, anklets, eyeglass holders and bookmarks with 100% of all profits from sales going to Kiwoko Hospital through the ISIS Foundation to help fund a children’s clinic.


Colleen Conway
Ogham Art

Colleen Berry Conway is the primary artist of Ogham Art, a specialty gift business featuring works written in Ogham, the first written form of the Irish language. Founded in October 2010 by Colleen and her husband Christopher Conway, Ogham Art’s offerings include presentations of words and phrases that are first translated into Irish and then written using the Ogham alphabet. All prints and cards are painted by Colleen and then printed using the tactile approach of a five-color, dimensional process. Each piece of jewelry is designed by Ogham Art and crafted in pewter and dichroic glass by the gifted hands of local artisans and craftspeople.


Anneliese Dadras
Bradley Mountain Soaps

We are a small family business located at the top of Bradley Mountain in Southington Connecticut. We are passionate about modern homesteading, gardening, and self-sufficiency. We make our soaps to celebrate natural ingredients, and to give others alternatives to commercial products.

"Modern" soap bears little similarity to the soap made historically down through the ages. Most products on the market today are not real soaps but are detergents that have been created from petroleum based products. It is not uncommon to feel a dryness or itchiness following a shower with these products. Commercial soap makers remove glycerin from soap, selling it back to us as more expensive moisturizers, or other high end products.

Our soap retains the glycerin that is made during saponification alleviating dryness and acts as a natural lotion. We use old fashion methods and rely as much as possible upon ingredients found locally.

Our family has experienced the long term benefits of using great soap. It is our privilege to share them with you. We rely on nature, herbs, and flowers from our gardens to bring you the best product that we want you to both love and trust.


Rachel DeCavage
Cinder + Salt

Cinder & Salt offers many different screen printed apparel for men and women, being founded in January of 2014 by Rachel DeCavage when deciding that she needed freedom & transparency to be more than just words. After opening and running a small town boutique for 2 years Rachel decided to close up the shop & buy out her dad’s print studio. In order to truly lower the carbon footprint of her product, Rachel wanted to control every aspect of creating it.


The name, Cinder & Salt, was inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt on your skin. Rachel always aimed to capture the essence of freedom and gratitude in my hand-drawn designs. Cinder & Salt also offers custom screen printing services and strives to serve folks with the same passion for eco-friendly, sustainable, transparent products.


Forrest Doyle
Wood By Forrest

Several years ago Forest Doyle's long held interest in fine woodworking was rekindled. He has a preference for decorative domestic woods such as quilted birdseye maple, flame birch, curly cherry and walnut desks, dressers and living room tables. Numerous projects left him with scraps of beautiful wood and he began piecing the scraps together into cutting boards and serving trays.Each board is hand made and one of a kind.


Jenn Firmin (event coordinator)
The Olive Oil Factory

About Us

The Olive Oil Factory was established in 2000 by David Miller. His lifelong passion for exceptional food and high quality gourmet ingredients is what led him on a delicious journey to become a Specialty Foods Manufacturer. We are a family owned and operated business located in Waterbury, CT. David, Laura and Michael Miller work diligently every day to bring strikingly flavorful ingredients to every household. We adhere to the strictest quality and safety standards and are Organic certified, Kosher certified, and 3rd party audited for food safety. All of our products are manufactured locally and we are supporters of many other locally grown, produced, or manufactured foods.

Best Selling Flavors

The Olive Oil Factory’s Delavignes line features a 15-year aged Balsamic Condimenti, an Apulyian Regional Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and the classic Garlic-Infused Olive Oil. Some of the most popular unique flavors include: a Sicilian spiced Olive Oil, Chocolate Balsamic and Blueberry Balsamic.


Andrea Freibauer
Andy’s Cookies

Andie's Cookies, LLC, bakes and sells a variety of scrumptious traditional and distinctive cookies which are lovingly handcrafted in small batches with quality ingredients. We are fully licensed and insured and our commercial kitchen is located in Clinton, CT. Our cookies are made with local eggs and butter, have no artificial flavors or colors and are made without preservatives. Our traditional cookies are basic but not ordinary, while our distinctive cookies are a twist on familiar recipes. We typically sell six different kinds of cookies per event, which change based on the season. In addition, we use eco-friendly packaging that is compostable and/or biodegradable. For more information, visit our website is and our Facebook page at


Sue Gallagher

Sue Gallagher is the owner and designer of ladeDAH! She has enjoyed making things all her life and it was this creativity that led her to her “other” career as an occupational therapist. Now beading has become her occupational therapy! Originally from Kansas, Sue’s designs reflect her easy-going style and cowgirl spirit. Her unique designs are organic and natural, using fine silver, precious and semi-precious stones, lampwork and pearls. All pieces are handmade by Sue who travels across the country to hand select the silver, beads, and notions for creating her one-of-a-kind jewelry.


Linda J. Garcia

Felting has been a way of life world wide, for thousands of years. Each Nuno felted scarf is hand-crafted using silk, cotton, natural fibers with merino wool. Each creation is thereby unique in it’s appearance, creating a one of a kind wearable piece of art.


Catherine Haugh
SiS Designs

"Happiness is a healthy mental attitude, a
grateful spirit, a clear heart full of Love."

Since it's inception in 2009 SiS Designs has created unique spiritually inspired creations for our clients. Andrea & Catherine are proud to introduce you to our 2014 core collections:

The Angel Collection; The Tree of Life Collection; The Butterfly Collection; The Dragonfly Collection


Libby Hitchcock
Blooming Lotus Energy Works


Passion for Reiki

Desire to give back/help others (Reiki, aromatherapy, beeswax candles)

Use of color

I make 100% beeswax candles and aromatherapy products charged with Reiki. Every item is handmade with love and individually infused with Reiki allowing those who come in contact to benefit from the Reiki energy.


Jennifer Knapp

Nutmeg Naturals, LLC.

A family owned and operated business located in Central CT, Nutmeg Naturals specializes in cold process soap making, natural laundry soaps and other eco-friendly home and laundry items.



Diane Kopta
Treasure Beads

Diane Kopta started her adventure with jewelry making 12 years ago after taking beading courses at the Fashion Institute in New York City. Shopping on the internet and in the New York City garment district for wholesale beads and supplies allows Diane to pass on the savings to her patrons. Amethyst, garnet, sponge coral, chalk turquoise, agate, glass, sterling, unakite mussel and coconut shells are just some of the materials Diane uses. An assortment of more than 50 necklaces, 500 pairs of themed earrings and numerous shell, glass and acrylic bracelets is the makeup of her presentation with items for everyone.



Jamie Lausier
Jamie’s Organic Candles

Jamie Lausier started making candles for Christmas presents back in 1998. At the time he only used paraffin wax which is petroleum based wax, until he decided to run a business that is environmentally responsible. Jamie’s Organic Candles produce unique and beautiful candles using 100% Natural Wax, which is made from oil extracted from the fruit of the oil palm. They are lightly scented and hand poured, with labels made from 100% recycled material.


Charlene Li
Summer Green Pottery

My interest in pottery started in 2008 when I took my first pottery class with master potter, John Macomber at Greenleaf Pottery in South Windsor, CT. I have continued my work there developing my skills at the wheel as well as hand building and slab work. I enjoy experimenting with glazes and colored slip (liquid clay) for decoration.


Cheryl Moody
CSM Art Glass

I worked as an Art educator in independent schools for over 25 years until my job vanished during the recession. I earned my Bachelor's degree from a small college in New York State, and a Masters from Wesleyan University right here in Connecticut.

As an artist, painting was my first love: vibrant colors, strong design, and layers of glaze were hallmarks of my work. I took a glass fusing class with Linda Banks at the Brookfield Craft Center and got turned on to working with hot glass and the shimmery reflective glass called "dichroic". Originally invented as an optical glass for space telescopes, it is made in a special vacuum kiln which leaves a thin metal oxide film on the surface. The metal surface can have patterns, textures, and at least two colors--the transmitted and the reflected. I love to layer up transparent dichroic glass over colors, just the way I did with oil paint glazes, only I have an additional element at play: light! I do all of my work by hand--from the designing and shaping to the firing and finishing. Most of my jewelry has several layers of glass which gives luminous depth. I am also inclined to make very skinny cuts to create exciting texture and undulating color. As a teacher and artist creativity and originality have always been dear to my heart, and all of my pieces are one of a kind.


Linda Popper
Nature’s Artistry

Lifelong conservationist, Linda Popper, invites you to join her celebration of Earth’s natural beauty. Focusing primarily on farm-raised, self-sustaining materials including pearls, coral, and shell, accented by gently sourced genuine gemstones, each creation is a unique piece of wearable art. The ecologically responsible theme is compounded by the use of recycled metals in the majority of the work.


Gail Reiner
Energetic Embellishments

Gail Reiner wanted to unite her childhood fascination of fine jewelry with her present-day interest in precious stones and gems. The product was her successful company, Energetic Embellishments. Created from sterling silver, pearls and crystals, and semi-precious gemstones, Reiner’s fashionable, beaded accessories are based in the artist’s awareness of Feng Shui, mindfulness, energy, and joy. As Reiner herself describes her work, these pieces of beautiful jewelry “nourish your authentic self and your energy!” Unlike other pieces of jewelry that have dominated fashion trends, Reiner’s work will make you look and feel great!


Whitney Repp
Tanduay Asian Rum

Founded in the Philippines in 1854, TANDUAY is the 2nd largest rum producer in the world, manufacturing over 18 million cases. TANDUAY boasts a multitude of accolades for its high quality rums, which have been perfected through a tradition of masterful blending established nearly 160 years ago. TANDUAY Asian Rum is now available in the U.S. in two expressions: TANDUAY Silver and TANDUAY Gold. The rums are produced by Tanduay Distillers, Inc., a wholly owned and operated division of the LT Group. For additional information, visit

Jean Rill-Alberto
With Heart By Hand

Jean Rill-Alberto is a jewelry designer, painter, collage/fiber artist who is always striving for originality and is driven by a passion for self-expression through her art. In 2003, she began designing a stationery line and her company With Heart By Hand was born, offering a unique line of greeting cards and other coordinating gift items. Her designs are often noted for their elegance, whimsical style and sophistication. Today she happily creates in her studio in Southern New England and exhibits her work at craft shows throughout the year in CT and NY.


Kristen Skelton
Milo and Molly

Kristen Skelton is a self-taught designer specializing in fabric accessories and home decor items. Her brand, Milo and Molly, is dedicated to the use of bright colors and bold patterns for babies to adults, all handmade in her CT studio, while also incorporating sustainable and organic fabrics into her work.


Rashmi Talpade
Art of Rashmi

Rashmi is a professional artist with a fine arts degree from Bombay, India with additional specialization in photography and ceramics. A recipient of the a visual arts fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, her work has been exhibited and purchased by private collectors in USA, India, Middle East, Europe and Australia. She is currently working on a collaborative exhibition at the SCA Contemporary Art in Albuquerque, NM, and the bead and button dolls are the starting point for the design of her installation. Each doll is a one of a kind, hand-crafted creation, a little work of art to be displayed at home or work place. Recommended for hanging on house plants, lamps or even cars.


Cyn Thomas
Riverdog Prints

Cyn Thomas is the illustrator, designer and pattern maker of RiverDog Prints. Her paper goods and gifts are guided by earth, animals, function, food and cocktails. You can also find Cyn canning in her kitchen, walking her dog, being outnumbered by her boys and husband or reading herself to sleep.


Laurie Lynne Zlotowski
Laurie Lynne’s Jewelry

Since childhood crafting was Laurie Lynne Zlotowski’s favorite adventure, she decided in 1992 to make it her passion and work regularly with polymer earth clays. After the clays are fired or cured they are water proof which makes her handmade jewelry & hair accessory line durable for the everyday use. Since then Laurie Lynne has expanded her line to wine stoppers and bottle openers which are decorated with handmade beads. You will find clays with many of her vintage-esque jewelry settings for a new look with antique charm, along with antiqued steel and brass, and sterling silver ear wires or posts. Laurie Lynne’s inspirations come from modern everyday fashion, flea market finds, nature’s colors and seasons as well as challenging art palettes of other artisans and chefs.


Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes

Crazy to Classy, we do it all. Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes out of Oakville,CT takes each cupcake and looks at it as a piece of art, combining classic flavors, or two ingredients you wouldn't expect to be in a cupcake, and make it work! Recent winners of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Hardcore Sweet does not only fun flavors, but makes sure any dietary restriction can enjoy something sweet. Specializing in Vegan Cupcakes, Rob Zombie named them winners of the episode, using ingredients like Black Garlic, and Moonshine (from CT of course). Now with catering jobs for many bands, and traveling the East Coast with their Cupcake Truck, they work with many local animal shelters and raise awareness on bully breeds. Self taught bakers, and decorators, they now teach classes as well to show people- a degree does not equal how creative you can be!


Kate Stephen
Kate Stephen Jewelry

I feel free when I am creating jewelry I have been designing and handcrafting sculptural jewelry for over 15 years. I am self-taught, my father, a retired sheet metal mechanic, gave me my first spool of copper and gave me free reign of his workshop and my mother gave me my first design book that pushed me forward.

My style has changed drastically over time, but my motivation stays the same: to use the form of creation as meditation and as a means to interpret my creative inspiration in the form of beautiful adornments. My work looks for the harmony in chaos, the comfort in asymmetry and the freedom within restriction.

I am inspired by everything, but more specifically I find direction in nature, travel, up-cycled materials and the process of creation. The macro and micro worlds of nature are always a driving force behind my work especially the overwhelming power and wonder of the sea. My favorite materials are copper, brass, handpicked seashells, sea glass, stones and vintage beads.



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