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Maritime Aquarium Displays Rowayton Artist Lynn Stephens Massey

Rowayton artist Lynn Stephens Massey holds her watercolor studies on jellyfish in front of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s exhibit of moon jellies.
Rowayton artist Lynn Stephens Massey holds her watercolor studies on jellyfish in front of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s exhibit of moon jellies. Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, Conn. – Rowayton artist Lynn Stephens Massey is exhibiting “Aqua Marine,” a display of watercolor paintings celebrating Long Island Sound’s marine life, now through Saturday, April 30, in the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

An artist appearance will take place on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Aquarium guests can watch and talk with Massey as she uses her brushes and palette to capture turtles, sharks and other creatures in her signature style.

Massey’s 15 pieces will be displayed in the Maritime Aquarium galleries, often among the very animals she rendered. Some paintings work as portraits of a specific animal or plant of the Connecticut shoreline. Others in “Aqua Marine” are broader studies of local species and habitats.

Massey was first introduced to watercolors while enrolled at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She delved deeper into her talents while studying illustration at The Art Center College of Art in Pasadena, California. After a year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she worked in Los Angeles as an editorial illustrator before transitioning to New York in 1981 to illustrate for books, magazines and advertising.

A Rowayton resident since 1990, Massey currently is in her “paper bag” period, combining her artist’s eye with an eco/recycling ethic to bring beauty to her latest works on brown paper bags and recycled papers. Using her own unique style, Massey brings life to found objects from coastal artifacts to bugs and insects. Click here to view her works .

The “Aqua Marine” exhibit – and Massey’s appearance on Saturday – are free with Aquarium admission. The exhibit can be viewed during the Aquarium’s hours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the Maritime Aquarium here .

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