Jennifer's Top Five - May 9

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? Arts Council Marketing Director Jennifer Gelband offers her top five arts picks for this week, going into next. These come from our member organizations and are also featured in The Arts Council's weekly newsletter. To subscribe to that, click here.  


Annual Westville ArtWalk, May 11, 6-10 p.m. & May 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Westville

The Westville Village ArtWalk is a free, annual, community-based arts festival that spans three blocks in Historic Westville Village and Edgewood Park every Mother's Day weekend. Featuring a full day of live music, art exhibitions and demonstrations, interactive art-making for kids and adults, theater performances, walking tours, and a 30+ vendor Artist & Artisan Market, ArtWalk traditionally draws between 8,000-10,000 visitors. This is a superbly fun day for kids and adults of all ages. 

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 The Magical Mystery of Shaman Pablo Amaringo. Opening Reception May 11, 6-8 p.m., DaSilva Gallery. Pablo Cesar Amaringo Shuña (1938 – 2009) was an acclaimed Peruvian artist, renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew ayahuasca. His and his students' art from the Collection of Scott Olsen, Ph.D., curated by Johnes Ruta. More info:

New Haven Chamber Orchestra Concert, May 12, 2 p.m., Fair Haven School.  

Concert features winners of the Orchestra's annual concerto competition for New Haven Public School students and works by Tchaikovsky. Students from New Haven Public Schools will join the orchestra in a finale. Admission is free.
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Mother's Day Open House, May 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 188 North Main Street, Branford. 
Join local artists Cynthia Purcell, Owen Sea Luckey and Martha Link Walsh for a special Mother's Day Open House to honor the moms in your life. Stop at one location to find a keepsake work of art, seasonal custom bouquets and plants, or a unique outfit just in time for Mother's Day. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

More info: or (203)481-3505

Mother’s Day Mystery Adventure, May 13, 9 a.m.12 p.m., Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Celebrate Mother’s Day the prehistoric way at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History! Ticket includes Museum admission, a Museum Store coupon for 10% off, a Museum mystery adventure filled with activities and games for the whole family, and light refreshments and snacks. 

Cost: $15. More info at