Convoy Surrounded, by James Gurney. Illustration for Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Oil on board. Collection of the artist. 22" x 35" 1995 James Gurney. All rights reserved.
A fascinating exhibition of original oil paintings from The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art in the Dinotopia series was inspired by Gurney's childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. He went on to work with scientists and historians at National Geographic magazine to create images of ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will be exhibited. The exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Waterfall City: Afternoon Light, by James Gurney. Illustration for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist. 33' x 61' 2001 James Gurney. All rights reserved.

The artist, James Gurney.
Winter Farm to Table Supper
Saturday, February 28, 6 pm

Corduroy & Cabernet! Enjoy a casual, rustic winter supper featuring Tim LaBant, Owner/Chef of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, in the warmth of the Bendel Mansion. Guests will begin with cocktails and artisanal hors d'oeuvres in the Museum Galleries with artist James Gurney who will provide a special tour of his magical world of Dinotopia. Seating is limited. Open bar. Purchase tickets at or call Madeline Raleigh at 203.977.6546.

$150 per person | Table sponsor $1,750 (10 people)

Fantasy Drawing Workshop with
James Gurney

Sunday, March 1, 1 - 3 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

Renowned illustrator James Gurney will present a digital slide program and a hands-on drawing workshop for aspiring and intermediate artists. Gurney will demonstrate the water-soluble colored pencil techniques he uses for many of his sketches. Participants will get a chance to try out the tools, which will be provided for the event, along with model dinosaurs and other still life objects to use as a basis for sketching. Limited to 20 participants and recommended for ages 12 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40  | Non-Members: $55
Sunday, March 1, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

After the private workshop, all museum guests will have an opportunity to meet James Gurney, purchase his books, and get them signed. Before the signing, Gurney will offer a brief slide presentation about the making of Dinotopia, including research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies.

Copies of Gurney's Dinotopia books and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter will be available at the SM&NC Gift Shop.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission

Scales & Tales
Fridays, March 13 - May 22, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Celebrate our newest exhibition, Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney, by exploring the world of the dinosaurs' scaly cousins - lizards, snakes, and turtles. Each week we'll share one of our favorite scaly tales, have a chance to touch (and maybe even hold) a live reptile, and create a great reptile or dinosaur-themed craft. Meet at the Museum Building.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission

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