Looking for things to do and see over the holiday? Selections from April WAG’s When & Where calendar may be just the ticket:
APRIL 1 through 28
Bethany Arts Community will present “To Pablo Neruda With Gratitude,” an in-person exhibition featuring the works of Rochelle Udell, who will comment on all 24 of poet Pablos Neruda’s “Las Odas/The Odes,” as well as the objects those poems highlight. 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining; 914-944-4278, bethanyarts.org.
APRIL 1 through 30
Harrison Public Library will present “Cerealism,” a virtual exhibition that features the Cubist, mosaic cereal box collages of Michael Albert. Albert has created more than 700 original collages of cereal boxes. harrisonpl.org.
April 2 through June 13
MoCA Westport presents “Smash,” featuring contemporary artist Marilyn Minter‘s videos, exhibited together for the first time. Seeped in lush imagery oscillating between figuration and abstraction, Minter’s works encapsulate feminism, pleasure, voyeurism and notions of beauty, desire and chance. Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport; 203-222-7070, mocawestport.org.
Expert egg decorator Susan Clark will lead a workshop for adults and children in “Ukrainian Egg (Pysanky) Decorating.” This ancient craft uses symbols and motifs to create a jewel-like egg. Participants use a kistka, a pointed implement like a pen, filled with beeswax and heated, to draw designs on the eggs between bathing them in colored dye. Registration required. 1 to 3 p.m. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road; 212-762-7257, wiltonhistorical.org.
Irina Simeonova, founder of the New England Fashion And Design Association, “Invites You to a Breakfast With the Future of Your Creative Child.” Join this teacher – with an M.F.A. in stage and costume design, 22 years of design experience in Europe and the United States and 100% success in spotting, developing and helping creative children learn about the world of design creativity and the future – for an online discussion. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 203-345-0030, newenglandfashionanddesign.com.
April 4 through May 4
New Normal Rep is a new theater company dedicated to presenting both new and underproduced plays via the internet, in ways that maintain the essential dramatic spirit and nature of both the works and the theatrical experience itself. Its second production, “Two Sisters and a Piano,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, stars Jimmy Smits and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Set in 1991, during the Pan American Games in Havana as the Russians pull out of Cuba, the play portrays two sisters, Maria Celia, a novelist ,and Sophia, a pianist ,serving time under house arrest. Passion infiltrates politics when a lieutenant assigned to their case becomes infatuated with Maria Celia, whose literature he has been reading. (203) 220-9336; newnormalrep.org.
The Westport Library presents “Art, Civil Rights and Social Justice: A Conversation Between Redell Hearn and Kathleen Motes Bennewitz on the Art of Tracy Sugarman.” In 1964, Sugarman, a Westport artist, writer and civil rights activist, participated in the Freedom Summer project in Mississippi, chronicling the drive to register Black voters. Sugarman’s illustrations of that time, part of the Westport Public Art Collections, are currently on exhibit at Westport Town Hall. Join Hearn, founding director of the Department of Academic Affairs and former curator of art and civil rights at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi, (to which Sugarman donated his original drawings and photographs) and Bennewitz, Westport’s town curator, in this virtual discussion on the impacts of Sugarman’s drawings during the 1960s civil rights movement and the current social justice resurgence. 7 p.m. Registration required. 203-291-4800, westportlibrary.org.
April 8 through Aug. 29
Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum opens “Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown,” an open juried exhibition featuring artists Simone Agoussoye, Cindy Bernier, Carol Bouyoucos, Megan Chiango, Nat Connacher, Katharine Draper, Ellen Ehli, William Evertson, Rebeca Fuchs, Pat Genova, Barry Guthertz, Gail Katz, Joanie Landau, Sophia Livecchi, Fruma Markowitz, Kathie Milligan, Lake Newton, Julie O’Connor, Michael O’Hara, Alan Richards, Paula Salerno, Charlotte Saunders, Robbii Wessen, and Gregg Ziebell. Juror Gail Ingis noted their “varied interpretations of social distancing, isolation and the multifaceted challenges experienced during the pandemic. Viewers will be drawn into their world and hopefully find it engaging and cathartic.”
Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, 295 West Ave.; 203-838-9799, lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.