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Stamford Museum Holiday Exhibition, Gerberich’s Gadgets: The Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys Opens November 17

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Stamford, CT - The ingenious inventions of sculptor – and SM&NC favorite – Steve Gerberich will return to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center for a totally re-imagined Winter Exhibition. Gerberich has gathered his most outstanding and outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for a showing of Gerberich’s Gadgets: The Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys.”

Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the scientific principles of simple mechanical motion. It’s crazy fun!

Frank on Sax/Steve Gerberich (contributed photo)
The exhibition opens in the Stamford Museum Galleries with a free Community Reception on Friday, November 17, 6:30-8 pm and continues through Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Last seen in Stamford in 2010, the exhibition features 14 large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations that bring together the “best of” Steve Gerberich’s survey of work covering a 17-year span.
“We’re thrilled to have Steve Gerberich Gadgets back in our galleries; it’s the perfect holiday show for our Members and visitors,” says Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director and CEO of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

Visitors of all ages will delight in seeing “The Painting Machine,” an ingenious animal factory where plastic giraffes get their spots, toy zebras are whitewashed and striped, and alligators are fitted with eyes. The Painting Machine is driven by one motor with all tasks supervised by a dozen toy gorillas.

Then there’s the “Birdhouse”: Press the button and a light illuminates the interior of this crowded and active birdhouse. Colorfully painted wooden birds fly in circles in the background. In the foreground one bird hovers on wings fashioned from a metal steamer while another dips into a birdbath.

Cash Cow/Steve Gerberich (contributed photo)
What’s more, the Stamford Museum’s Winter Exhibition will also feature a special attraction: The Stamford Model Railroad Club will provide G-Scale LGB (“Lehmann Big Railway”) Garden trains that will chug through the gallery and delight all train enthusiasts! Garden trains are larger model trains, at 1:22.5 scale that run on 45mm gauge outdoor track. These amazingly detailed trains may have some unusual passengers; come and see!

And please save the date for a special opportunity for Gerberich’s Gadget fans on Saturday, January 20, 2018, when we host our Gerb-O-Matic Workshop: Make-and-Take Sculpting Event.

Over two sessions, Steve Gerberich will inspire and direct participants to sculpt their own mini-masterpieces from a smorgasbord of parts painstakingly culled from dumpsters, thrift shops, and dollar stores during Gerberich’s nationwide travels. Handmade sculptures will be assembled using hot glue “welding.” Children and adults can re-compose these objects into original works, while acquiring a new appreciation for the creative reuse of ordinary objects. Details for program sessions registration will be available at www.stamformuseum.org in December.

If you are interested in joining us for the Opening Reception of Gerberich’s Gadgets: The Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys on Friday, November 17 please RSVP to rsvp@stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521. Free and open to the public, the reception will feature a gallery talk and tour by the artist, as well as refreshments and appetizers.

The Stamford Museum Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 9 am–5 pm; Sundays, 11 am–5 pm. SM&NC Members are admitted free of charge; non-members with gate admission. For more information, please visit stamfordmuseum.org.

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