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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.

Friday, April 3
5:30-8 p.m.


West End Blend - Their distinct version of hip-hop and soul-funk has made them an undeniable force in the CT music scene. The band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while still adding their own distinct sound and flair to their collectively-composed originals.

Savvy Tea Gourmet
Relic Brewery
Savor Cookies

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes

Treefort Naturals - Jessica Eveleigh (soaps, balms, etc.)
Treefort Naturals offers handcrafted all natural soaps, balms and gift sets. Our cold process soaps are made from scratch the old fashioned way with natural, organic & local ingredients. Website:

Twitch and Whiskers – Mei-Ling Uliasz (upcycled jewelry)
My name is Mei-Ling Uliasz. I am a local CT jewelry designer. I am a full time elementary school teacher and have been designing jewelry for over 5 years. My brand is called Twitch and Whiskers. I create upcycled jewelry out of vintage treasures such as old tin toys, protractors, vintage pinback buttons, game pieces, old rouge compacts, and repurposed brooches. Website:

I have been doing craft shows for over five years. I primarily sell in Boston and Rhode Island, but have my wares in New York, Connecticut, and Tokyo.

Recently, I was featured on the NPR education blog in an article called, "The Secret Lives of Teachers."

Friday, May 1
5:30-8 p.m.


SepiaTone is an American alternative rock band based in the CT River Valley. The band is the latest vehicle of local singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ike Hammond. Like the curled edges and warm hues of your favorite old photograph, SepiaTone transports the listener to another time and place. Put on like a wedding suit, somewhere between the high-planes drifter and the birth-of-the-cool metro-intellectual, this tight ensemble weaves searchlight imagery with mysterious shadow play while evoking The Great American Dream’s sonic landscape. Equal parts country-simple storytelling and esoteric cerebral illusion.

Ripe Bar Juice
Andies Cookies

Keel Vodka

Ceramics and Sculpture by Claudine Burns Smith

Claudine Burns Smith is a ceramic artist, making both functional work and sculpture. Art has been her life since childhood, first in France where she was born, then in the States. Aside from an occasional workshop, she is self-taught, learning from works in museums and galleries, especially work done by artists of other cultures or of other times. She has also been influenced by a number of artists in her family. She has a home studio where she spends many hours each week.

Until a few years ago she taught art full-time at the high school and college level. She does not use a wheel for her functional ware, preferring to build everything by hand to create irregularities that add interesting effects. She uses cone 6 stoneware and glazes and sometimes terracotta for sculpture. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions of ceramics, sculptures and works on paper in the States, France, the former Soviet Union and China. She is currently represented in several galleries in Connecticut. Website:

Special Offer:
This First Friday, get two free drink tickets with the purchase of one NBMAA pint glass!

Friday, June 5
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


People’s Champs - the hottest dance rhythms from West Africa and South America in a deluge of retro-futurist synth tones and craft them into experimental indie songs with Stevie Wonder-esque lyrics.

Shannon’s Jammin’ Jams
Andree’s Waffalloons

Woodturning Creations by Serge L’Etoile


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.

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