Exhibits & Speakers

We host a variety of art exhibits and lectures throughout the year, please see our event calendar page for upcoming events.

Current Exhibits

“Two Perspectives” by Tina Duryea

  • February 5 – March 16
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 PM

Artist Tina Duryea is delighted to present two bodies of work in this solo exhibit at the Darien Nature Center. At first glance the work might seem diametrically opposed to each other, almost the work two different artists. On the one hand you have organic, abstract mixed media splatter works on paper. On the other hand there are contemporary landscapes in oil. The intersection is in their inspiration in the natural world, in their interest in color theory and the ways that colors interact with each other and in their enthusiasm for embracing the peculiar personalities of the medium.

Duryea has shown her work is in NYC, Houston, Washington DC, Greenwich, Alexandria and Wellington Florida. Her work can be found in public and private collections on every continent except Antartica.

Tina Duryea went to Darien High School, Mount Holyoke College and the School of Visual Arts. She currently resides in Rowayton and paints full time. In addition to her splatter paintings and landscapes she has recently spent the month of January painting a political portrait a day, she accepts commissions and is developing a product line based on her abstract art which goes under the name Flora & May.

Past Exhibits

Small Tidings

By: Donna Collins, Carol Conze, Cate M. Leach, Pam Lindberg, Jane Lubin, Mary Manning, Karen Neems, Ethel Renek, Lisa Thoren, Meg Tweedy, and Mary H. Whalen.

Small Tidings included more than 130 works from 11 local artists, each with their own unique style ranging from natural landscapes to abstract imagery.

Down on the Farm

By Britt Bair and Lisa Thorén

Their styles depicting nature are not the same but their enthusiasm is, and that is why Britt and Lisa are creative companions, down on the farm or at the shore or where ever their journey takes them.



Mary Morant Art Exhibit

“Living by the water inspires me every day. I feel lucky to be surrounded by the colors of nature and it’s ever changing light. Having lived in France and Holland, the sky was always an important part of French and Dutch painting—and life—evoking several different moods. The places I have lived have become a part of me and what I value. My paintings are an attempt to share with others the images that stay with me even after I leave.” Mary continue paints locally in her studio at 861 Boston Post Road in Darien, CT.

For more information, please visit marymorant.com.

Donna Collins Art Exhibit

Donna Collins, a local painter and trained landscape architect, presents a group of paintings celebrating nature and landscape. She works in oil referencing the colors, shapes and rhythms of the natural world, using both observation and imagination.


Sustainable Landscaping Lecture

After opening remarks from Laura di Bonaventura, Director of Sustainability at Greenwich Country Day School and a board member of the Nature Conservancy of CT, Karen Hughan of Good Gardens spoke about native plant species which support a diverse ecosystem, and Dan Hageney of Connecticut Green Landscaping discussed composting and organic lawn care.

Birds and Butterflies Lecture

Dave Winston from the Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary gave insight into local birds and butterflies in our community. He discussed supporting these species, their role in our environment and the food chain. Cindy Ryan from the DCA Bird Sanctuary and Chris Filmer from the Darien Land Trust were available to answer questions.

Bees! Lecture

Howland Blackiston, author of Bee Keeping for Dummies, spoke about the vital role bees play in our food chain, how we can support this incredibly important species and some of the fundamentals of backyard bee keeping. This final lecture was in collaboration with the Garden Club of Darien.

An Exhibit By Michael Schley

Michael Schley, a long-time Darien resident, presented over 30 original black and white prints of images from Provincetown to Prague, New York to California and many from right here in Fairfield County. Michael gravitated toward photography at a young age and enrolled in his first photography and darkroom classes under Robert Cygan during his sophomore year at Darien High School. Upon graduating in 1991, he received an award honoring his excellence in photography.  After working as a photographer’s assistant and darkroom printer, Michael went on to study at The New England School of Photography in Boston. It was during these years he discovered his true passion for the medium. Using large and medium format cameras, Michael still prefers to shoot only on film and to hand process and print all his work in the darkroom. He has traveled throughout the United States and also into Europe, most notably to Prague. In 2004, he self-published a book of these images titled ’The Heart of Prague’.  Michael’s work is a blend of architectural and nature themes. The photographs he creates are personal journeys through which he seeks poetic expressive images through light and form.