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Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Opens Children's Portrait Exhibit

Michel Delafontaine, oil on canvas, 2015 Photo Credit: Contributed
Work in Progress, Jeanine Jackson, Underpainting of Olivia. (oil on canvas). Photo Credit: Contributed
Work in Progress by Jo Ellen Reinhardt Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is opening a new exhibition, “Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future,” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

The exhibition is opening in collaboration with the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Stepping Stones Museum for Children and will continue through June 28.

The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. May 9. Admission is free and includes a complementary tour of the museum’s first floor at 4 p.m. RSVP with the museum by May 4.

"The mission of The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists is to educate the public about this classic art form,” said Jeanine Jackson, CSOPA founder and president. “We are excited to partner with The Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Together, we bring 21 original portraits of children by 21 professional artists into public view. Many of the participating families never dreamed of such an opportunity. We know the children will be thrilled to see themselves in the magnificent museum on opening day."

From Ancient Greece’s depiction of deities to Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, not to mention today’s selfie craze, the art of portraiture has been a part of society since its inception. This exhibit will explore this enduring artistic form with portraits of children created exclusively by CSOPA members after a “Matching Event,” which was Nov. 15, 2014, at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. At this event, children also explored the art of self-portraiture under the guidance of CSOPA artists and Stepping Stones educators.

“Stepping Stones is honored to be a part of this collaborative project with the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and we look forward to the exhibit opening on May 9 with great enthusiasm,” said Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Executive Director Rhonda Kiest.

General admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 children ages 8-18.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs, click here, e-mail or call (203) 838-9799.

The Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum is at 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

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