Welcome to the official website of the New England Carousel Museum and the Bushnell Park Carousel!
The New England Carousel Museum Operating Hours for Bristol, CT! Come check out the museum Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5 or Sunday from 12-5. As always, the Museum is also available to rent for your next private event. See you soon!
Winners of the HARLEY DAVIDSON RAFFLE!
FIRST PRIZE 2015 Street Glide Dave Mastrioni of Bristol CT Ticket #2422
SECOND PRIZE Trailer Yoko Weaver of Terryville CT Ticket #0500
THIRD PRIZE Harley Davidson Shop Gift Certificate Torrey Allen of Wolcott CT #2024
Congratulations to our Winners!
Thank you all who purchased tickets to support our largest fund raiser of the year to help our museum!
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CHAPARRALS LIVE AT THE CAROUSEL MUSEUM
NEW YEARS PARTY!!! Thursday December 31st 2015
Thursday from 7pm-11pm the music and dancing are open to the public!
Cover is $40 per person.
Reserve a seat and come to listen with friends and loved ones or come and make some fun new friends! Our beautiful large wooden dance floor will bring you to tap your toes or give a twirl. Join us for some fun!
Call 860-585-5411 to reserve a table or pay in advance.
Other Upcoming dates are;
Saturday January 23rd 2016
Saturday February 20th 2016
Saturday March 19th 2016
Saturday April 16th 2016
THE NEW ENGLAND CAROUSEL MUSEUM
95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010 (860) 585-5411 Contact: Dori Green
The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons
The work of Bristol artist, Rick Fitzsimons, will be on display in the New England Carousel Museum Fine Art Gallery with an exhibit opening reception on Friday, September 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and running through December 31, 2015. The exhibit and sale, entitled Silent Poetry: The Wonderful Work of Rick Fitzsimons, will display over 30 works in a variety of mediums. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, where he now lives with his wife Bonnie, Rick’s interest in art emerged as a young child. Endless hours of drawing occupied much of his time as a youth. Although fascinated with the different aspects of art, he never thought he would make it his livelihood. His background in Business Management led him on an unusual path, circling back to the world of art. Rick and his dad opened an Awards and Sign shop in their hometown. Not long after, customers would request new Logo designs for their businesses, which led to applying the images to large signs and vehicles. This service soon began to include painting various landscape pictorials on the signs. As a result, his love for creating and painting was rekindled.
For the pure joy of making art, Rick soon began painting canvas after canvas of landscape and portrait works, which he displayed at his establishment. Almost immediately, but much to his surprise, customers enquired about purchasing his art. At that time, the lights in his mind went on. He asked himself, “Is it possible that one can actually earn a living by doing that which was never considered to be work?” The answer apparently was yes. Fitzsimons soon began publishing a few of his originals as limited edition prints. Today, Rick Fitzsimons continues to paint numerous, beautiful works that reflect a mastery of form and an intricate involvement with light.
An avid reader with a voracious appetite for museums and the wide range of masters such as John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Norman Rockwell, Morgan Weistling as well as a host of other great artists have inspired him. Indeed, the powerful and reminiscent beauty of Fitzsimons’ paintings are also due in large measure to looseness, honesty and faithfulness of his style. Rick’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, most prominently that which inspires him at the moment. He is at his best with subjects from everyday life, genre subjects, sacred-idyllic landscapes or figures in quiet repose, reflection or thoughtful isolation.
The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission includes the New England Carousel Museum, the Museum of Fire History, the Restoration Department, the two fine art galleries and the Museum of Greek Culture. Admission for adults is $6.00, seniors: $5.50; children between the ages of 4-14 are $3.50.
Photo Caption: Apple Harvest by Rick Fitzsimons
PHOTO CAPTION: LADY AGNEW BY RICK FITZSIMMONS