Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden to open for the season


Image courtesy of Hammond Museum

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden will open for the season on Saturday, April 1. The museum will be free for all visitors on opening day, and will host introductions and demonstrations from exhibiting artists as well as tours of the 3.5-acre Japanese Stroll Garden.

“Visitors will find many exciting innovations and changes that will enhance their experience and provide a variety of memorable experiences,” said Elizabeth Hammer, executive director of The Hammond Museum. “Early spring flowers and colors will grace our Japanese-inspired garden and there will be a variety of fun activities and tours for all ages.”

Local band Chick’s Candy Store, of which North Salem town council member Martin Aronchick is a member, will perform throughout the day.

Opening Day schedule of events

  • 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
    • Alisa Sakai (Chair, Board of Trustees)
    • Elizabeth Hammer (Executive Director)
    • Helen Kunzman (Exhibiting Artist)
    • Laura Cannamela (Exhibiting Artist)
  • 2:00 p.m. Brush with Nature: Asian Brush Artists Guild
    • Susan Lanzano (ABAG president)
  • 2:15 p.m. Painting demonstration
    • Gary Heise (ABAG member and artist)
  • 3:00 p.m. Garden Tour
    • Lara Netting (Board of Trustees member)

Opening Day kicks off a season of varied and engaging programs, exhibitions, and events at The Hammond, which was founded in 1957 by Natalie Hays Hammond. The museum will host a Cherry Blossom Festival on April 30, a special piano concert by famed soloist Taka Kigawa on June 3, the Family Tanabata Festival on July 8, and the annual Moon Viewing Concert on September 30. Visitors are invited to savor the changing seasonal faces of the garden, which has received significant attention this past winter.

The museum will extend its operating hours this season. Members of the public can visit Wednesdays through Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from April through November.

Spring exhibitions at The Hammond

Image courtesy of Hammond Museum

Laura Cannamela: A Thousand Layers
Hays Gallery; April 1-May 20, 2023

Laura Cannamela’s cut paper relief forms are created with many layers of paper and, also, many layers of meaning. Informed by many sources, including the Genji Monogatari, topographic maps, waterfalls,Persian Miniatures, Tibetan thangkas, and Jūnihitoe kimonos, these intimately sized works reflect their literary, historical, and natural references.

The Elemental Clay: Ceramics by Helen Kunzman
Goelet Gallery; April 1-May 20, 2023

“On the potter’s wheel I feel harmony with the universe. Throwing clay on the wheel is an intuitive and spontaneous process. Transformation can happen when you push to unexpected places. And if the clay can survive the transformation - then the alchemy can happen…” -Helen Kunzman

Brush With Nature: Asian Brush Artists Guild
Guild Hall; April 1-May 6, 2023

This annual exhibition of paintings by ABAG members presents landscapes and bird-and-flower paintings based on and inspired by traditional Chinese techniques and materials.

The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden is located at 28 Deveau Road, North Salem.

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