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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, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free
First Friday features live 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 musical performance 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.

5:30-8 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2015
MUSIC: Eight to the Bar
Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie's Kansas City and Fats Waller's Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jackie Wilson to the Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo-, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing and blues-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group's inception in 1975. Since that time they have released eleven CDs, seven videos, have appeared nationally on HBO, VH-1, and have excited audiences from the Caribbean to Europe, where they have toured several times. In 2011 the group had the honor of being invited to tour the Republic of Georgia as “American Music Ambassadors” by the US Embassy located there. Currently the band is working on its 12th CD and has been named “Best Live Band 2014” by Hartford Magazine.

TASTINGS: Rita’s Ice

Summer Green Pottery by Charlene Li
“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.”

Kate Stephen Jewelry

Kate Stephen Jewelry is a beautiful line of sculptural jewelry inspired by nature and the creative process. The organic pieces highlight reclaimed vintage beads, natural materials and semi-precious stones amidst fluid lines of copper, brass, and silver. Kate has been designing jewelry for over 15 years. She loves playing with asymmetry and the juxtaposition of unexpected color and texture in her designs. The designer handcrafts each KSJ piece in Connecticut, USA.

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.“

Friday, Aug. 7
CANCELLED – Museum Closed

5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd together create a smorgasbord of music for a wide palette of occasions from the grand gala-fest to the intimate hang. Whether performing dance classics, the American songbook, hot afro-Latin grooves, or their own catchy, poignant originals this unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece. Laroo and Byrd can unleash their potent charm anywhere anytime. At an opportune request, Saskia and Warren can transmute from state of the art duo into full band.

TASTINGS: Savor Cookies, Roger's Orchards, and Shebeen Brewing

Stock The Bar Candles by Amy Yungk

Stock the Bar Candles is taking recycling to a new level. We upcycle empty liquor, wine and beer bottles, and give them a new life in the form of a unique soy candle. Each bottle is hand cut, hand sanded and hand poured in small batches to ensure the best quality and scent in our candles. We believe in using the best locally sourced ingredients available and partner with local businesses to collect their empty glass bottles in West Hartford and surrounding areas.

Whether it is a custom scent or a wholesale order, we are happy to work with you to create a memorable gift and light up a smile with a Stock the Bar candle.

Laurel Rigoulot
Kathleen Sisuile