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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 First Friday sponsorship information please contact the Development Manager at (860) 229-0257, ext. 230.

July 4
No First Friday – Museum Closed. Happy Independence Day!

Aug. 1
Goza Latin Jazz
With their lively songs and dance rhythms that stem from the cultures of Brazil, Spain and various countries in Latin America, Goza, which is Spanish for “joy,” lives up to their name as a cheerful, celebratory musical group. Featuring a wide range of musical instruments, from guitar to saxophone, violin, Latin percussion, and beautiful, romantic-sounding vocals, the band incorporates unique rhythms like the samba, cha-cha, rumba, flamenco, bossa, tango, salsa, and Latin jazz to their music, adding a unique flair to their sound. This vibrant musical group has performed songs of the Buena Vista Social Club, Gipsy Kings, Jobim, Tito Puente, Santana and many more at countless respectable venues.

Gail Reiner
The NBMAA will also be hosting jewelry designer, Gail Reiner, as this month’s trunk show artist. In creating her own jewelry business, 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!

Chet's Italian Ice
And to satisfy all those sweet-tooth cravings, Chet’s Italian Ice will be offering savory tastings throughout the evening.

J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, CT

Sept. 5
Keith and Mazer Trio

The Keith and Mazer Trio - featuring guitars, djembe, and vocal harmonies – combines blues, classic rock, jazz, pop, and soul in an eclectic variety of acoustic tunes. Performing both together and individually, musicians Susan, David, and Chenot have toured internationally with bands such as Blackmore’s Night, trip-hop indie pop band Mission Zero, and Connecticut’s premier swing/R&B band Eight To The Bar. With their hopping tunes, Keith and Mazer Trio always leaves their audience asking for more. Writes Dan Barry of the Hartford Advocate: “The Keith and Mazer Trio is basically the best bar band in the world… all spice and no filler!”

Annika Mckenna and Rashmi Talpade
In addition to musical guests, the NBMAA will also be welcoming two terrific artists, Annika McKenna and Rashmi Talpade as this month’s Trunk Show Artists. Annika McKenna, the creative mind behind jewelry business Sea Salt Design, draws on a variety of materials – sterling silver metals, semi-precious gemstones, local sea glass, cultured pearls, Swarovski crystals, Peruvian opals, and a number of other natural elements – when designing her simple yet beautiful pendants, earrings, and bracelets. Her designs recall the astounding beauty of the natural world surrounding us and are a great accessory for any occasion. Rashmi Talpade is known for her dense photo collages that bring together her childhood city of Bombay, India, with her current home in America. With her unique techniques and aesthetics, Talpade creates her own, unique landscape that will make spectators think of photography in a new way!

Oct. 3
East Side Restaurant

This month, the NBMAA will be hosting a special Oktoberfest-themed First Friday! The inviting atmosphere will enchant guests as they experience authentic German culture in their own backyard. To enhance the feeling of travelling to Germany, local favorite, the East Side Restaurant, will be serving traditional German cuisine, including German meatballs, wursts, and sauerkraut. The aroma of their delicious cooking will awake the taste buds of all and will take you back to the days of old-fashioned, family dining.

Pauline Clifford and Diane Kopta
This October, the NBMAA will also be opening our doors to Trunk Show artists, Pauline Clifford and Diane Kopta. Pauline is not an artist by vocation or profession. She delved into the world of jewelry making at the prompting of friends. She started with basic bead stringing and wire wrapping but subsequently moved on to bead embroidery that incorporates Soutache braid and Shibori silk. Diane Kopta will also be featured as one of this month’s Trunk Show artist with her affordable, handcrafted jewelry. Simple, yet colorful and beautiful, her jewelry designs are a great gift for any occasion or could be a perfect splurge for yourself.

Nov. 7
Deborah Leng, Annika McKenna, and Linda Davidson

This month, the NBMAA will be hosting three trunk show artists: Deborah Leng, Annika McKenna, and Linda Davidson. Grounded in fiber and stone, Deborah Leng’s jewelry designs relate to spiritual awarness and personal growth. Annika McKenna bases her jewelry off of the natural world surrounding us and draws on sterling silver metals, cultured pearls, semi-precious stones, local seaglass, Peruvian opals, and Swarovki crystals to create timeless and simple accessories. Linda Davidson joins the ranks of these talented artists with her unique, handcrafted jewelry from her jewelry line, Quilibet. Incorporating semi-precious stones, found objects, pearls, sterling silver, and Swarovski crystals into her pieces, Davidson’s accessories are affordable and terrific for all occasions.