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Yale art gallery explored

Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, is the speaker for this year’s Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture at Wilton Library on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture series was established in 2007 in memory of the wife of Charles Burlingham, the grandson of the Impressionist artist Julian Alden Weir, and the current president of the Weir Farm Art Center. Mr. Reynolds will speak about the recent completion of Yale Art Gallery’s renovation, expansion and reinstallation. The gallery has grown from occupying a single small building in 1832 to today’s expanded spaces with more than 4,000 works of art, allowing for the permanent collection to be fully reinstalled. Mr. Reynolds is a mover and shaker in the art world as an artist, a museum director, recipient of numerous fellowships and National Endowment for the Arts awards. Please see the registration link for more information about the speaker. Weir Farm has had a long-standing relationship with Yale, dating back to J. Alden Weir’s half brother, John Ferguson Weir, who served for almost 45 years as the first director of the School of Fine Arts at Yale University. A bus trip, special tour, lunch and leisure time at the Yale Art Gallery is set for Tuesday, Nov. 19. The talk is sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the Wilton Library.  There is no charge; registration is recommended. See the library’s Events page for more information about the bus trip. Registration for the trip must be in person or by phone.

Chill time for kids

It’s Saturday; kids have been running around on the soccer field or are just crazed from zooming around all week. The library has a way for kids to chill out with Yoga Kids, Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. Chiara Rose teaches kids in a fun and playful program that is a non-competitive environment. Children ages 8 through 12 will learn breathing techniques that will help on and off the field, as well as stretching techniques that will help prevent sports injuries. There is no fee; registration is required. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Wine tasting fund-raiser for library

The library’s annual Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase is Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will be sampling wines from around the world and pairing them with wonderful hors d’oeuvres from eateries around the area. The restaurants and catering establishments include Barcelona, Bianco Rosso, Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar, La Dame du Fromage, Little Pub of Wilton, Luca’s Ristorante Italiano, Market to Table, Portofino Restaurant & Bar, and Wave Hill Breads. The evening is made possible with the help, expertise and guidance of New Canaan Wine Merchants.  Only the first 125 people who purchase tickets will be able to attend. The ticket price is $50 per person and may be purchased online, at the library’s circulation desk or by calling Anne Rowlands at 203-762-3950, ext. 213. Ten percent of all sales resulting from the evening will benefit the library.  Advance registration is required.

Friends and neighbors exhibit

November’s art exhibition, 12 x 6 — A Showcase of Six Wilton Artists opens Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The six artists are from Wilton and have been asked to prepare 12 of their works, thereby highlighting the breadth and depth of their talents. The artists are Gini Fischer, Robin Heit, Terrence Lallak, Jeff Lavaty, Day Shields and Erasmo Signore. Their diverse styles, media choices and subject matter make for an expansive showcase. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Nov. 29. The majority of works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

To register for any library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s events.