Begin the New Year with Arts, Culture, and Color in Ridgefield

Bring a bit of color to your life in 2022! We invite you to explore all of Ridgefield’s rich arts and culture opportunities this year, beginning with some wonderful events hosted by our local organizations and venues. From exhibits and webinars, to performances and workshops, there’s something for everyone #inRidgefield

Reception for Shutterbugs Photography Show
Saturday, January 8th @ 2:00pm
The Ridgefield Library
Ringing in the New Year, the Ridgefield Library will present a group photography show featuring the Ridgefield Shutterbugs. The Ridgefield Shutterbugs is a casual, collegial camera club that has been meeting for over 20 years and includes photographers of all skill levels, from smart phones to point & shoot, to DSLRs. The show will be on view in the Library Gallery through January 27th.

Artist in Residence: Clarice Shirvell
Opens Sunday, January 9th
The Meetinghouse at Ridgebury Congregational Church
Award-winning artist, Clarice M. Shirvell, long time resident of Ridgefield, CT is well known for her accomplishments in both pen and ink drawings, and acrylic paintings inspired by nature. Her artwork has been purchased for both private and public collections and has been in over 50 solo, juried, and group shows in both museums and galleries.

The Magic Flute – The MET Opera Encore
Sunday, January 9th @ 2:00pm
The Ridgefield Playhouse
The Met’s first-ever Live in HD transmission – the abridged, English-language version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute – returns. Tony Award–winner Julie Taymor conjures a spellbinding staging, replete with a kaleidoscope of color and parades of puppetry in this delightful production from 2006, featuring a stellar cast of Met stars including tenor Matthew Polenzani, baritone Nathan Gunn, and bass René Pape.

Artist in Residence: Clarice Shirvell
The Magic Flute

Alice Paul Day 2022
Tuesday, January 11th @ 11:00am
Virtual Program hosted by the Keeler Tavern Museum and League of Women Voters of Ridgefield
Ridgefield Suffragist Alice Paul was one of the most influential women in America, leading the successful fight for women’s right to vote, and championing equal rights for women through most of the 20th century. The League of Women Voters will also be drawing the winning ticket for their Art Raffle Fundraiser at this event.

Janice Mauro Exhibit
Opens Thursday, January 13th
RPAC Gallery
View the latest works of wood sculptor, Janice Mauro with an opening reception on January 13th @ 6:00pm. “I believe a regard to the spiritual, or at least a sensitive awareness is always somehow inherent in everything I create. My sculptures often suggest narratives. Attitude and gesture imply a host of scenarios that both resonate with the viewer on a personal level, and stimulate their imagination to realms beyond their own experiences.”

Brian Regan – 3 Nights of Comedy
January 13th through January 15th
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Get ready for 3 nights of laughter with iconic comedian Brian Regan! Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country. Visit Tequila Escape Kitchen + Bar for dinner before the show and enjoy 10% off your check when you show your ticket!

Alice Paul Day 2022
Janice Mauro Exhibit

COLOR: Member Themed Show
Opens January 15th
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists
It’s January, the holidays are over, and we’re in for a long cold month. Why not add some COLOR to our lives in place of those winter whites? Join us for our annual Themed Member Show: COLOR! Let’s brighten up our online gallery with lots of color: bold, bright, light, and dark.

Third Saturday
Saturday, January 22nd
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Visit the Museum for free on the third Saturday of every month. Participate in a Story Time at 10:30 am and join us for a Family Tour of Karla Knight: Navigator at 1:00pm. Timed ticket reservations recommended.

Nickel Mines
January 20th – January 30th
A breathtaking piece of theater, Nickel Mines combines spoken dialogue, movement and original music to explore multiple viewpoints and perspectives from that fateful morning. This musical is a living memorial to the young girls who lost their lives and a powerful exploration of community, perseverance and ultimately, hope. Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Palermo, presented in association with Anita Donofrio.

COLOR: Member Themed Show
Nickel Mines

The Better Angels with Bob Plumb
Thursday, January 27th @ 7:00pm
Virtual Program hosted by Ridgefield Historical Society, Ridgefield Library, and Books on the Common
Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sarah Josepha Hale came from backgrounds that ranged from sheer enslavement to New York City’s elite.  In this presentation, Plumb traces the lives of five remarkable women and how their experiences shaped their responses to the challenges, disappointments, and joys they encountered. 

EYES FULL OF WORDS: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop
Saturday, January 29th @ 1:00pm
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Join Ridgefield Poet Laureate and Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes as she guides the group in observing select works in the newest exhibitions by artists Milano Chow and Duane Slick. This workshop will be held in-person in the galleries, offering an opportunity for the group to learn more about the artwork on view and respond in words that surpass what the eye sees.

For more upcoming events, view our Events Calendar and the Ridgefield Arts Council’s Winter of Wonder brochure.