From the desk of arts writer Phyllis A.S. Boros:
Here are updates from folks at two area nonprofit gems: The Fairfield Museum and History Center and Bridgeport’s Barnum Museum.
This from the Fairfield Museum:
“The temperatures are soaring, the holidays are 5 months away, but The Fairfield Museum and History Center Gift Shop Manager Lee Walther believes that it’s never too early to find the perfect holiday gift.”
Thus Walter and the gift shop are offering a “Christmas in July” sale this week (running through Saturday, July 31) at the shop. According to Walther, everything in the shop has been reduced by 10 to 50 percent.
Currently on view at the museum is ”It’s a Hit!” — about the region’s baseball history.
Fairfield Museum and History Centeris at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, behind Old Town Hall. The museum and gift shop are open seven days a week. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. To learn more about the museum, visit www.fairfieldhs.org or call 203-259-1598.
From the Barnum Museum comes this reminder: The museum, at 820 Main St. in downtown Bridgeport, is indeed open.
Although the 1893 building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is closed to the public because of damage caused by the June 24 tornado that stuck Bridgeport, the museum is nonetheless hosting a sculpture exhibition featuring the dynamic works of North Haven artist (and periodontist) David Millen in the People’s United Bank Gallery (a modern area of the museum which is part of the neighboring People’s Bank headquarters).
Millen says the works were inspired by the dance troupe Pilobolus and the acrobats of Cirque du Soleil. (We attended the opening reception for this exhibition on Sunday afternoon and noted that hundreds upon hundreds of Millen’s fans and museum supporters were on hand for the festivities.)
Museum officials used the reception as a springboard for the kick-off of a major fundraising drive. Museum Executive Director Kathy Maher says the museum continues to operate “in emergency mode” and is appealing to area foundations, corporations and individuals to help underwrite repairs at the museum, which she characterized as one of the state’s treasures.
The building is owned by the city and operated by a nonprofit foundation. Contributions may be made online at www.barnum-museum.org.
The show, which will be on exhibit through Jan. 2, may be viewed during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free while the remainder of the museum is closed. For additional information, call the museum at 203-331-1104.