November 30, 2022
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications
860.443.2545 ext. 2112 / [email protected]


NEW LONDON – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is excited to present new works by Pamela Zagarenski, artist, writer and Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrator in The Circle Game. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, Dec. 3, which also is Free First Saturday for all museum visitors.

With paintings that draw on sacred geometry and healing traditions from around the world, The Circle Game invites visitors to enter Zagarenski’s artistic world brimming with animals, mystical figures and faraway places. Evoking the wonder of both the extraordinary and the mundane, this collection celebrates the dualities of life — light and dark, love and hate, good and bad — in a spirit of magical exploration.

“Since the 2020 Lyman Allyn presentation of Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations, we have been eager to show more work by Pamela Zagarenski” says Museum Director Sam Quigley. “The Circle Game is much more than the realization of that desire, and we are very pleased to offer this new work during this year’s family-centric Season of Wonderment.”

The Stonington resident is an artist, writer and the Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrator of books including The Fabled Life of Aesop, Sleep Like a Tiger, The Whisper and Henry and Leo. The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor’s Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street’s Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages. Her greeting card line, featuring images from her remarkable paintings, can be found at

The show’s opening reception is Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 860.443.2545 ext. 2129 or emailing [email protected].

For more information or to request images, please contact Rebecca Dawson by email at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 with a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neoclassical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents several changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present, including art from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The Museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m.; it is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit

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