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Alan Pastrana

Thursday, August 1
6 – 8 pm

Spend an evening with master airbrush artist Alan Pastrana, whose work is currently on view as part of this season’s exhibition, Under Pressure: Painting with Air. Alan will share his artistic process and demonstrate his unique airbrush painting techniques.

From Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle to Nike, and even the New York Mets, Pastrana’s work has been commissioned by recording artists, fashion designers and iconic brands worldwide.


Day Trip to Hill-Stead Museum

Thursday, September 19
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Take a chartered-bus day trip to the Hill-Stead Museum of Farmington. The 1901 Colonial Revival-style house designed by pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle is home to a magnificent collection of masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler, Cassatt and more.

Enjoy a docent-led private group tour of the house, gardens, and grounds. A must-see for garden lovers and architecture enthusiasts! 


Animals for All

Sessions, Dates & Times vary
Ongoing Program

These free programs designed for neurodivergent participants who may benefit from non-traditional program formats.

Sessions include Open Farm Evenings, Caring for Critters and Caring for Exotic Critters.

Animals for All is made possible through grant funding from the Abilis Community Foundation, the Dorr Foundation, and the New Canaan Community Foundation.


Under Pressure: Painting with Air

On view June 14 – September 2, 2024
in our Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries

Though a hip medium in the world of commercial art today, airbrush is actually a 19th century invention. Comprised of 40 works wide-ranging in theme and style, this exhibition showcases the creations of noteworthy artists who have chosen airbrush as their primary medium of expression.

Featured masters Don Eddy, Jerry Ott and George Green (1943—2020) were part of the earliest known exhibition of airbrushed art, 40 years ago in San Jose, California. Bruce Evans, Alan Pastrana, Cesar Santander, Hisaya Taira, and Dru Blair are regarded among the very best to have ever worked in the medium. Blair is widely known as much for his art as he is for his mentorship — this exhibition also includes the work of several of his most notable protégés, who are now well established artists in their own right.


Phase II: Planetarium & Astronomy Center Underway

On the morning of May 23, 2023, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center officially broke ground on the Phase II Planetarium & Astronomy Center. 

The 11,000-square-foot facility will reinvigorate a core pillar of the SM&NC’s Mission and bring our organization’s Planetarium and Observatory programs under the same roof for the first time in our 87-year history. Astronomy programming has long been a Mission signature ever since our first astronomy classes were held in 1941. They continue to this day, and will abound in the years to come.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Jul 16

Meet the Animals

July 16 @ 3:30 pm

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Jul 17

Meet the Animals

July 17 @ 3:30 pm

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Jul 18

Meet the Animals

July 18 @ 3:30 pm

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Jul 19

Meet the Animals

July 19 @ 3:30 pm

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