Stamford Museum & Nature Center hosting 'Chagall for Children,' an interactive, hands-on exhibit

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is hosting “Chagall for Children,” an interactive, hands-on exhibition that introduces children to art through the work of master artist Marc Chagall, while allowing them to explore their own creativity.

The exhibit has traveled the nation since 1996, organized by the Kohl Children’s Museum of Illinois, and will be on view in the Stamford Museum’s Bendel Galleries through Saturday, Jan. 5, 2020.

The “Chagall for Children” hands-on exhibition is comprised of 14 stations, each featuring a reproduction of a Chagall masterpiece accompanied by multi-sensory elements and an informative audio recording. Guests can create mosaics, weave tapestries, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, conduct symphonies and even insert themselves into one of his paintings through the magic of video.

“Chagall was a whimsical artist who instantly appeals to children’s senses of wonder and fantasy,” Jillian Casey, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for Stamford Museum & Nature Center, said in a news release. “The components of this exhibit help to develop a greater understanding of all forms of artistic expression, as well as specific art principles like color, composition, light, and texture.”

The exhibit’s November 14th opening was held in conjunction with the SM&NC’s annual Holiday Market, which showcased the hand-made work of more than 20 local artisans including textiles, jewelry, apparel, ceramics, photography, pet gifts, woodwork, candles, skincare, soaps, gemstones, stationery, etchings and more.

The evening also featured an on-site book signing of “To the Editor: a Curated Collection of Letters and Opinion Pieces,” by Stamford author, Lynn Villency Cohen, who has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the SM&NC since 2002, and was recognized by Moffly Media’s 2018 “Light a Fire” event as “Most Dedicated Supporter of the Arts” in Fairfield County

“There was a powerful synergy in this pairing of events that reflects our commitment to programming across all ages,” Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director & CEO of the SM&NC, said in the release. “With ‘something for everyone,’ we were pleased to offer the community the opportunity to enjoy three unique experiences in one fantastic evening.”

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-322-1646,