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Summer at The MATT!
Cyndi Tolosa
Director of DevelopMent
Mattatuck Museum

This summer brings something for everyone at the Museum. Three new exhibitions will be on view from June 24 through September 2: Mattatuck Mini Golf; Lesley Dill: Wilderness, Words Are Where What I Catch Is Me; and ICEBERGS!

Don’t choose between a day at the Museum and a round of golf—tee up at Mattatuck Mini Golf¸ a ninehole course @ The MATT, and let the games begin! Putt-putt your way through the past, present and future of the Museum on interpretive golf holes representing collection objects and paintings. On Thursday, June 28, come play at the MATT by Night Summer Block Party! Join the afterhours crowd for our summer event and try your luck on our mini golf course. Enjoy other outdoor summer games, relax around drinks in the courtyard, and tour new exhibitions.

For an experience uniting art and literature, visit Lesley Dill: Wilderness. Brooklyn-based artist Lesley Dill’s work reflects the poetry, prose, and declaration of early New England fi gures such as John Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anne Hutchinson, Sojourner Truth, and Walt Whitman. The exhibition also includes work inspired by Emily Dickinson, whose poetry initially triggered Dill’s assimilation of text into her art. The long, thin fi gures appearing in Dill’s work wear the strength of the words of the people they represent.

Also on view this summer is ICEBERGS!, the fi rst in a series of three exhibitions created in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) supported by Terra-Art Bridges. ICEBERGS! focuses on two paintings by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). The most popular artist in mid19th-century America, Church took landscape painting to new heights of grandeur. This exhibition includes two illuminated oil sketches of icebergs, one from the MFA’s collection and the other from the Mattatuck’s, and contemporary depictions of icebergs in multiple media. In this way, the paintings introduce a compelling story that blends art with science, links history with the present, and provokes conversations about the environment and preparing for the future. Check out mattmuseum.org for a list of multidisciplinary programs ranging from nature walks to lectures to fun science experiments @ The MATT.

For teens and youth looking to bring art into their summer activities, the Museum invites them to get creative during its Summer Youth Art (July 23-27 and/or July 30-August 3) and Teen Immersion (July 16-20) programs. It’s putt-putt perfection for children ages 5-8 as they create a large outdoor mosaic that will be on view in The MATT’s Courtyard. Design and the digital meet in this session for students ages 9-13 as they create a colorful, digitized mural that will be part of The MATT’s mini golf exhibition. Teens ages 13-18 can explore the peripheries of digital and sound art with new media artist Balam Soto. Paint a mural that becomes an electronic, musical instrument when you touch it! Sonic Mural will be an interactive mural that combines art with cutting-edge technologies. After painting the mural, participants will learn to integrate touch sensors and electronics.