Catch the Butterflies

November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015


Catch the Butterflies is an installation created by local artist, Brian Keith Stephens. For just over a month the Glassenberg Gallery will transform into a dense, but flexible forest of hanging butterfly scrolls, clustered in groups that form a fantasy immersion of an unnatural, natural world. This room of colorful, larger than life-size floor to ceiling scrolls, will lend an unforgettable air of celebratory magic this Holiday season to New London, and beyond.

Butterflies have enchanted people across vastly different cultures throughout history and have come to symbolize personal transformation as well as grace, eloquence, and good luck. Butterflies have a universal appeal and electrifying energy that touch the human sensibility to feel and experience excitement, and wonderment. Throughout history butterflies have enchanted the human mind; this installation brings that history to life for the young and old alike.

This family friendly installation and accompanying programming is designed to attract a broad and diverse audience and communicate messages of enchantment, fantasy, and magic this holiday season.


Lost Gardens of New England

Lost Gardens
Constance Holt in the Parterre Garden at Roseland Cottage, c. 1920 Woodstock, Connecticut

March 1 – July 31 2015

Lost Gardens of New England draws on the wealth of images – drawings, watercolors, and historic photographs – in Historic New England’s collection.

The exhibition uses reproduction material to depict New England gardens, great and small, that no longer exist or only partially survive. Three sections explore major themes of American landscape history: the New Republic, House and Garden Beautiful, and Revival Gardens. Landscape drawings provide insight into how these gardens were conceived and visualized by their creators, either amateur or professional. Photographs capture the gardens and their features in their glory as well as the people who maintained and enjoyed them. The images selected illustrate New England’s rich garden design traditions and offer inspiration to gardeners today.

Poetry Reading with Margaret Gibson

Wednesday, October 22martha gibson

Reception: 5PM
Reading: 6PM

Please join us for a poetry reading by nationally acclaimed poet Margaret Gibson.  As part of the programming for Inside the Natural World of Jan Beekman, Gibson will read poems that have a special resonance with Beekman’s paintings.  Margaret Gibson is the author of 10 books of poems, the most recent soon to be released in September, 2014:  BROKEN CUP.  She will be reading from that collection as well as from earlier, prize-winning collections, in particular ONE BODY  and SECOND NATURE.  She has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, The Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her book The THE VIGIL was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Gibson has been a Visiting Professor at Connecticut College and was for many years Poet in Residence at the University of Connecticut.  She is active with a local land trust organization, Avalonia, which preserves natural spaces, keeping these irreplaceable resources from development and open to the public.

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.

Mysteries of African Art

Thursday, September 11Out of Africa Mask

Reception: 5PM
Presentation: 6PM

Ever wonder why African cultures make masks? Ever wonder how those masks travel from their cultures of origin to galleries and museums in Europe and America? Ever wonder why seemingly similar African masks sell for $50 on EBay and $500,000 at Sotheby’s? Spend an evening with Connecticut College art historian and anthropologist, Dr. Christopher Steiner, and uncover these mysteries and many more!

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.