Take a respite from the outside cold and visit a beautiful mansion filled with art to inspire you to beautify your own humble abode. February is the last month to enjoy a trip through “Artists in America” at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Enjoy a day visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art on the historic grounds of the former Frick Estate off of Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Harbor.
NCMA is a wonderful escape from the hectic world. Spend an afternoon strolling through the grounds and gardens of a grand estate. Visit a mansion now filled with galleries of beautiful art. Spend the day strolling through the gardens dreaming and gaining inspiration for your own abode’s décor.
November 17, 2012 through February 24, 2013
Artists in America: Highlights of the Collection from the New Britain Museum of American Art
“Artists in America surveys 300 years of great American paintings rarely seen on Long Island. Its 79 works dating from the early 1700s to the present examples of photography, collage and other media. Major artists from every era of American art are on view, including John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Robert Motherwell and Sol LeWitt. All works in the exhibition are selected from the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.”
November 17, 2012 through February 24, 2012
Excerpts in Encaustic
“Encaustic, or pigmented wax, art by Martin Kline whose work and accompanying monographs, Martin Kline: Romantic Nature was recently seen in a solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. In addition to the New Britain, Kline, who lives and works in Rhinebeck, NY, has been seen in exhibitions in Houston, Milwaukee, Portland, West Palm Beach, Mexico, Copenhagen, Zurich, and many venues in New York City and the metro area.”
FILM Screening daily at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (except during special programs)
Through February 24, 2013
“Artists in America” Film Series
Six Different Days, Six Different Films!
Tuesdays-Romantics & Realists: Whistler (2006)
Wednesdays-Great Women Artists: Georgia O’Keeffe (2000)
Thursdays-Discovery of Art: Maxfield Parrish (2008)
Fridays-Robert Motherwell: Storming the Citadel (2010)
Saturdays-Realism in Twentieth-Century American Painting (1991)
Sundays-Norman Rockwell’s World, an American Dream (1972)
All films relate to the museum’s current exhibition, Artists in America. Free with museum admission, No reservations. First come, first seated.
LECTURE Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m.
Art In and About New York; Laura Cottingham
“Laura Cottingham, an artist, critic, writer and curator, discusses the rich lode of scenes of New York in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, among them an Impressionist’s view of Union Square, a home scene on Manhattan’s 57th Street, an en plein air depiction of a creek near Kingston, and a Long Island domestic scene. Cottingham has taught art criticism at Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. Admission is $15 (members, $5); includes museum admission. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.”
FOR THE FAMILY Sundays from 1 p.m. February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Family Sundays at the Museum
“Now there’s even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum is free with museum admission, reservations are not needed. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free).”
LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TALKS Thursday, February 7, 1-2 p.m.
Brown Bag Lecture; Riva Ettus
“Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the 300 years of great American painting seen in the current exhibition, Artists in America. Join the public exhibition tour at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission, reservations are not needed. First come, first seated.”
WINTER-BREAK DROP IN ART WORKSHOPS 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20
Thursday, February 21
Friday, February 22
Family Art Making Days
“Enliven the winter school vacation week with three drop-in days of art. On February 20, 21, and 22, from 11 am to 2 pm, the museum offers family-friendly gallery tours and hands-on art making for children of all ages and their adult companions. Different art projects will be offered each of the three days. Docents will guide families through the galleries and encourage children to create their own artistic responses to the art on view. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. No reservations needed.”
Do not visit the exhibits without stopping by the gift shop, located on the second floor.
The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items to purchase include jewelry, children’s books and activities, and pieces from local artists.
Admission is very reasonable (free passes are available to check out from some neighborhood libraries)
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12; the one cost includes same day admission to exhibits at The Art Space for Children. Many local Long Island Libraries have family passes that can be checked out for free admission, providing the opportunity for all to enjoy.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Hours for the Art Space for Children are 12-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members free).
Docent Led Tours of the Main Galleries Exhibition, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours are free with museum admission
A day can be spent just visiting the grounds
Viewing the Sculpture Park of over 50 pieces by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others
The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration
Formal Garden of historic importance
The Pinetum, an architecturally-significant restored trellis, and rare specimen trees
The lawns provide excellent spots for picnicking or just relaxing and watching the clouds drift by
The original Gold Coast mansion on the Frick Estate is the main museum building. There is an additional museum building that houses the Art Space for Children, as well as a building that houses an Art School where an assortment of beginner to advanced classes are held for children and adults.
Enjoy a trip through the world of art as you visit a beautiful estate and never be afraid to dance!
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