Art After Dark Continues at Mystic Musem of Art August 16

Mystic, CT – Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) family-friendly concert series continues Tuesday, August 16 from 6pm to 8:30pm, and features Pizzetta pizza, drinks, live art, and live music. This event is held on the MMoA patio (weather permitting) and in the galleries featuring MMoA’s Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 105th Annual Juried Exhibition. This month features live music by Wooly Mammoth, live art by Mary Horrigan, and live balloon art by April Brunelle.
Gray Hallberg (vocals/lead guitar) is the founder of Wooly Mammoth. Gray studied jazz performance at the UVM and theory and composition at the University of Colorado. Currently residing in Boston, he also plays with the punk rock group At Least We Tried. Erik Laisi (drums) has been grooving in the pocket since he picked up drumsticks. Erik is a graduate of Monmouth University and has been playing drums professionally for the last ten years, primarily in Connecticut and the Boston area. For many years, Erik studied with jazz legend Chuck Riggs, mastering the art of swing and bebop drumming.  Mike LaChance (bass) has been hacking around on bass since high school. He studies double bass with Jim Hunter at String Theory School of Music. Mike also plays with Cabin Fever, a local bluegrass band. Toby Halsey (rhythm guitar) has played guitar for fun for 30 years. He joined Wooly Mammoth at the first Mystic Blues Festival and has played at the Racer’s Jam for five years supporting Mudhead Benefit Cup for Hospice. 
Mary Horrigan has loved art for as long as she can remember. While still in high school, she won a scholarship to the Cleveland Art Institute and attended Saturday morning classes for two years. 
Also interested in languages, she earned a degree in French, and after college taught at the high school and college levels in the Cleveland area, but always knowing she’d return to painting one day. She attended workshops, studying with nationally recognized watercolorists Edgar Whitney, Marilyn Phillis, and Frank Webb.
After moving to the Hartford area in 1984, she was elected to membership in the Connecticut Watercolor Society. She is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists, and holds associate memberships in the New England and American Watercolor Societies. 

April Brunelle didn't get started with balloon art until 2010 but she quickly found she had a natural talent for it and it grew into a passion she couldn't ignore. The joy of being able to tap into her creative and artistic side and seeing people's reactions to her sculptures is  beyond fulfilling. With the popularity of Balloon Art rising she decided it was a sign to burst out into the public eye and bring joy to others through this wonderful and exciting art form. She has twisted for many Art After Dark events.
Art After Dark is designed to integrate various art forms and showcase MMoA’s role as a hub for creative expression and as a platform for regional artists to show their work. This family-friendly series is held from 6pm to 8:30pm on the third Tuesday of each month through October (excluding June and note special date for Septemer!) and features various musicians and artists. Admission: $15 (non-members); $12 (members); $3 (children 4-12); Children 0-3 are free. Two hour parking vouchers are included.
27-September - Live music by Green Tea, live art by Russ Kramer
18-October  - Live music by Crows Toes, live art by Lisa Adams
AAD Sponsors: ABC PhotoLab, Captain Daniel Packer Inne, CMB Creative Group, Coca-Cola, Cottrell Brewing Co., Dogwatch Café, Downtown Mystic Merchants, Harbor House/Inn at Mystic, Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, Mystic Shipyard, Noank Village Boatyard, Universal Package Store, and Pizzetta.

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The mission of Mystic Museum of Art is to inspire creativity and critical dialogue by engaging the regional community in the understanding, appreciation and practice of visual art. Please visit to learn more.