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Artists and Their Patrons: Eberle, Johnston, and Waveny’s Lapham Legacy

March 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00PM EST

The work and vision of five notable women—sculptor Abastenia St. Leger Eberle and photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, along with the patronage of Antoinette, Ruth, and Elise Lapham—converge in New Canaan’s distinctive legacy, Waveny Park. Curators Kolb and Porta will discuss the work of these two groundbreaking, early-twentieth-century American artists featured in their exhibition “Women of Waveny,” on view at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society through March 31st. Their exploration of the contributions of Eberle, Johnston, and the Lapham women reveals the significance of “women’s work”—ubiquitous, often overlooked or uncredited—to our nation’s social, political, and economic development.


Arianne Kolb has a Ph.D. in art history from USC and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is a curator of old masters and modern art, with recent exhibitions of contemporary Cuban art. She was a curator in the Paintings and Drawings Departments of the Getty Museum and her publications range from a book on the Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder to children’s books on Waveny and New Canaan architecture. She has been involved with Waveny for many years as a Co-Director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center and currently as a board member of the Waveny Park Conservancy.





Micaela Porta is a freelance writer, editor, and curator specializing in cultural programming. She holds degrees in art history and English from Tufts University, was Editor of Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, and a principal of Engine Books, an editorial services provider focusing on architecture and design. Currently president of New Canaan’s League of Women Voters, she works at New Canaan Library in materials management, and as project lead on its Design for Freedom pilot with Grace Farms, toward eliminating forced labor from the global construction supply chain.


March 9, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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